Giants Rip Eagles In Season Finale, But Bears Win Knocks Defending Champs From Playoff Contention
The New York Giants offense and Eli Manning were able to turn around their recent struggles in a 42-7 season ending rout of the Philadelphia Eagles, but the defending Super Bowl champions' emotions were subdued by the out of town scoreboard.
The Chicago Bears were just one of three teams Tom Coughlin and company need to lose on Sunday, but despite a late rally from the Lions, Chicago held on 26-24, knocking Big Blue out of playoff contention.
Had Detroit come back for the win, New York would have stayed alive a few more hours. As it turned out, the Vikings edged the Packers in the late afternoon game. which also would have eliminated the G-men.
Manning ended his season with a five touchdown performance on 208 yards passing, as the Giants scored more first quarter points on Sunday than they totaled in their two previous losses combined. Reuben Randle had four catches for 58 yards, including two TD grabs, Victor Cruz's touchdown salsa of 2012 came in the third quarter, a 24-yards catch and score.
Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 107 yards and touchdown, while rookie David Wilson cracked the endzone with a 15 yard TD catch, his lone reception of the day.
The Giants defense also rebounded with an early first quarter interception of Michael Vick who was filing in for the concussed Nick Foles, making his first start since early November.
The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last six seasons - including 2012 - but have failed to make the posteason in three of the last four years.