New York Giants Win Big, but Miss Playoffs

By jason evans


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This game is the epitome of what the New York Giants 2012 season was and quite frankly what the 2010 season was as well. Have destiny in your hands, blow it, then come back and win the last game but don’t get the help you need to get into the playoffs.

The Giants went and beat the Philadelphia Eagles today 42-7. The Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears both won, therefore the Giants will be like you and me and watching the playoffs from our respective couches and barcaloungers.

Eli Manning, after doing absolutely nothing the previous two weeks, threw for 208 yards, and a career high five touchdowns. The running game was lively, as Ahmad Bradshaw topped 100 and also 1,000 for the season and David Wilson chipped in 75 of his own. Look for him to be a huge contributor in 2013. Speaking of rookies, Rueben Randle had his best game as a pro with 58 yards and two touchdowns. He’s going to be counted on next year as well to bring a third option on the outside for Manning.

The Giants pass rush only got one sack, ironically by Justin Tuck, who only had three the entire year. Was that his last game as a Giant? Was this Osi Umenyiora’s last game as a Giant as well? Only time will tell. The defense held a obviously rusty Michael Vick, in what was likely his final game as a Eagle, to 197 yards passing.

For the Giants, it wasn’t an ideal way to end 2012, since they didn’t make the playoffs, however, a blowout of a divisional rival isn’t the worst way to end the season. Happy New Year everyone.

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