It was very fitting for the Philadelphia Eagles to get absolutely man-handled in their final 2012 contest Sunday, as they were dominated and toyed with endlessly all season long.
When the New York Giants entered into this regular season finale, they were still gunning for a playoff spot, as opposed to the Eagles who could do nothing but play spoiler. Instead they decided to play doormat, getting stomped and tossed around the field like they were high-schoolers.
As embarrassing as it is for the Eagles that they went 4-12, while losing 11 of their final 12 games, it is even more shameful how the Giants internally collapsed late in the season after starting out with such promise.
Giants QB Eli Manning and his offense looked to be alone on the field Sunday, as the Eagles’ defense was nowhere to be found all afternoon. Manning threw 3 touchdown passes in the first quarter alone, while finishing with a career high 5 passing scores in a 42-7 drubbing.
The Giants scored touchdowns on each of their first four possessions, with two of those end-zone trips surprisingly coming out of rookie WR Rueben Randle.
When it came to the Eagles’ offensive attack, all eyes were on QB Michael Vick, who took the field for the first time since Week 10, and likely the last time in an Eagles’ uniform.
While Vick certainly didn’t put forth a boastful performance, he showed promise for the future, finishing 19 for 35 passing with 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Vick also showed off his wheels a little bit, carrying the ball 5 times for 25 yards on the day.
Vick really had no help on offense, as none of his wide receivers had over 40 receiving yards on the day. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was the team’s leading receiver with 5 catches for 61 yards, but was only able to tally up 45 rushing yards on 10 carries.
While Eagles head coach Andy Reid trotted off the gridiron after the Week 17 loss, the final chapter of an incredible 14-year tenure looked to have concluded.
As Reid moves on from Philadelphia, Vick will be right on his coat-tail, as both are expected to be sent packing by the Eagles in the weeks to come.
Vick and Reid will without a doubt find new NFL gigs by the time the 2013 season kicks off, and hey, maybe we’ll see the duo team up again if the situation presents itself.
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