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New York Giants Dismantle Philadelphia Eagles 42-7, but are Eliminated from Playoffs

December 30th, 2012 at 4:25 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he wanted his team to come out this week and play with "pride, honor and dignity"; to potentially end their season "with a game they can be proud of." A game, mind you, that would be played in front of nearly 400 survivors, students, parents and teachers from Sandy Hook that were bussed in from Newtown, CT. early on Sunday morning.

They did exactly that, coming out and potentially ending the Andy Reid-era in Philadelphia by dominating the Eagles 42-7. Unfortunately, the victory was bittersweet as the Detroit Lions were unable to upset the Chicago Bears, falling 26-24, thus officially eliminated the Giants from the playoffs and ending their 2012 season.

There will be a lot of questions that have to be answered this offseason, a lot of players that we'll be saying goodbye to and many other new faces to welcome. But that is all for another day.

Positives:

  • Ahmad Bradshaw – Say what you will about Bradshaw, but he is as tough as they come. He left everything he had on the field this afternoon, played through pain, and quietly eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season. If it turns out this was his final game as a Giant, he went out as he came in: running hard, giving it his all and playing through incredible amounts of pain.
  • Chase Blackburn – Blackburn's best career game previously came against the Eagles earlier this year, but he may have topped it this afternoon. He played well against the run, was solid in protection and was a sure-tackler. He even managed to pressure Michael Vick a time or two.
  • Henry Hynoski – Forget that the bruising blocker opened up huge holes all day, the Hynocerous scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from Eli Manning … and celebrated with the best TD dance in the history of mankind.
  • Eli Manning – Manning came out strong from the get-go and his five touchdown passes were the most by any Giants quarterback since Phil Simms did it in 1980.
  • Rueben Randle – The rookie wide receiver not only scored two touchdowns this afternoon, but he showed great hands, leaping ability and field awareness. We saw the future today, and the future looks bright.
  • David Wilson – See, again: the future. This kid is not only speedy, but tough as nails. He is a superstar in the making.
  • Stevie Brown – With his eight interception on the season and subsequent return, Brown tallied a total of 307 interception return yards on the season, passing Deion Sanders for fourth all-time in a single-season.
  • Kenny Phillips – When a healthy KP is on the field, the entire defense is different. He truly is extremely talented -perhaps the most talented player in the Giants secondary- but just can't stay healthy.
  • Will Hill – Man oh man can this kid hit. He's going to be around a while.
  • Osi Umenyiora – Save for one play when LeSean McCoy beat him to the outside, Umenyiora had a very good game. Sadly, it may have been his last in a Giants uniform. Knowing that to be the case, he blew kisses and shared his possible goodbye's with Giants fans after the game. He has truly been a great Giant.
  • Jerrel Jernigan – His block on DeMeco Ryans in the 4th quarter is worthy of more than just a tip of the cap. Powerful.

Negatives:

  • Referees – It's hard to rag on the referees too much when the game ends in a score of 42-7, but there were some blatant holds that led to huge Philadelphia Eagles gains. They also missed a clear pass interference on Nnamdi Asomugha when he mugged Domenik Hixon on the one-yard-line.

Mixed:

  • Prince Amukamara – Although Prince gave up the only touchdown of the game (which was defensive miscommunication, by the way), he played quite well despite being injured. He showed great containment on a few runs and really had himself a solid season save for the injuries.
  • Corey Webster – It was a solid performance for Webster, and would have been a full "positive" if not for giving up a few mid-range passes early on when he bit on some fakes.
  • Kevin Gilbride – We were tempted to give Gilbride some major kudos, but he took his foot off the gas in the second half. It didn't hurt the Giants this time, but we've seen other instances where it has.

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Chase Blackburn, Corey Webster, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, Henry Hynoski, Kenny Phillips, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Osi Umenyiora, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Will Hill

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151 Responses to “New York Giants Dismantle Philadelphia Eagles 42-7, but are Eliminated from Playoffs”

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  1.  GmenMania says:

    I don’t think you can criticize Gilbride at all today. Extremely inventive and creative play-calling today that led to a huge offensive outburst; kudos to you, Mr. Gilbride.

  2.  GmenMania says:

    The Giants will have the 19th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Maybe. Coin flips will determine it.

      •  GmenMania says:

        How so?

      •  Dirt says:

        Coin flips will not determine it, as all possible 9-7 teams can be separated by either division or conference tie breakers

        •  Dirt says:

          Although they could pick 18th if Dallas and Minnesota win

        • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

          Saw one of the beat writers report earlier it will be determined by coin flip. I’ll look further into it later to make sure factual information is out there and not the typical guessing game nonsense that spreads like wildfire this year.

          •  Dirt says:

            That’s fine but no nonsense, I’m not wrong. It’s SOS, then if still tied, it goes to division and conference tiebreakers if applicable.

            Maybe quoting beat writers leads to the nonsense.

            http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?page=tiebreakers
            http://m.nfl.com/games/55755/dal-at-was/

            TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION MEETING

            1. Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.
            2. The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last.
            3. The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
            4. The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
            5. The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
            If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip.

            And the Giants would have a worse div standing than a 9-7 Was (better pick) and a better conf standing than a 9-7 Min (worse pick). A 9-7 Dallas would be in the playoffs.

            SOS TBD of course.

  3.  Syed Sohail Shah says:

    REPOST:

    Up and down season, we controlled out destiny and let it all slip away. But today’s game gave me reason to look forward to the years coming. Eli is Eli nothing need to be said. Our receivers nicks, Cruz, randle are a great bunch and randle has the ability to become a stud. We have young up and coming safeties in brown and will hill. Wilson looks to be the real deal, Bradshaw is a beast, and I love me some andre Brown. If we take care of our weaknesses (offensive line and some upgrading on the defensive side) we will be a dangerous team. Also prince can be a top 5 corner in the league

  4.  tgowen says:

    Very happy with how the game went today. Yes, it sucks that we didn’t make the playoffs but the win brought back a vision of what this team can do. My only hope is that it doesn’t cover up some of the things that need to be done this off season to get us back on track for the next year.

    •  nick86 says:

      yeah todays game was nice. it was definitely a pleasure to throw the final shovel of dirt on the Eagles. But this season has been a disaster. To not get in and give yourself a shot is inexcusable. The most frustrating part of all of this is that the “favorites” in the NFC don’t matchup very well vs Giants. SF and GB that is.

      If they made it to ATL then you just roll the dice and see what happens.

      so frustrating… will look back and wonder what if…. especially if GB or SF make the superbowl

  5.  demo3356 says:

    anyone else notice that the last 2 games while Giants were getting murdered, every other post on Game thread was Sunshine Stoll screaming about how pathetic the team is yet on games like today where the giants roll, clown boy has nothing to say? Interesting…

    •  Barbarossa says:

      Yeah Stoll is almost unbearably pessimistic sometimes but he is entitled to his opinion as is everyone else. It’s OK to disagree with each other but in my opinion what people should be concerned with is fostering an environment where people can express their opinions without fear of personal attacks. I’m sure that’s the type of blog Dan wants as well. Not that I’m saying you are attacking him right now, I have just noticed this blog gets a little bit vitriolic sometimes and I’ve been wanting to throw this out there for a while.

      •  demo3356 says:

        yeah I appreciate your point of view and don’t really disagree but…. As someone who’s posted on here regularly for 7 years and someone who talks to many of the long time writers and posters that no longer frequent the site, I can tell you that the biggest reason the lost interest in coming here was the mind numbing negativity and constant crapping on coaches players and the front office.. Having your opinion is one thing but acting like a toolbag is another..

        •  Barbarossa says:

          Fair enough, and I certainly didn’t intend to call you or anyone else out. I’m still a baby to this site, I’ve only been reading about a year and a half and barely post; but for me personally the most irritating thing about the site is when people get in p*ssing matches with each other and tell each other they are idiots simply for disagreeing with them.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    David Wilson, Rueben Randle, Stevie Brown and Will Hill are ALL future studs and bright spots for the giants moving forward

  7.  nick86 says:

    I wouldnt refer to stevie brown as a stud or future stud….guy is always around the ball but A lot of his INTs were horrible throws that he benefited from. not exactly a ballhawk.

    But LOVE what I see from Wilson and RAndle. Will Hill if he has it between the ears should be a nice player. Love the physicality he plays with….Need more guys in the front seven to bring the attitude and physical play him and Rolle bring.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Guy was second in the league in int’s and 4th ALL TIMe in Int return yardage and only started like 1/2 the games. That doesnt happen by accident. Guy is a stud and will be a huge part of this secondary moving forward. He is the exact kind of DB to fit into Fewells system and is a great tackler as well

      •  Dirt says:

        I posted in the game thread that he had 8 picks vs KP’s 8 for his career (off memory last time I looked). I’d still rather have KP all day but it’s sure interesting.

        •  demo3356 says:

          yeah I saw that and it is very impressive. I think KP brings much more as a complete DB but you cant shrug off 8 int’s a “luck”. When was the last time ANY giant had 8 picks? Nonetheless a part time player?

          •  Dirt says:

            Exactly. Also a guy like KP allows him to do his thing. And KP isn’t a ball hawk. He should have had a pick today on that Webster O-PI no call but looked awkward going after the ball. Rust, too, though.

            •  demo3356 says:

              yepp… I’m worried that the play of Brown and hill may lead to the giants letting Phillips walk.. I hope they dont but I’m afraid some desperate team will over pay for him

              •  GmenMania says:

                I don’t think any team is going to pay a lot for KP. The guy missed the majority of the season this year with a knee injury, and had microfracture surgery a couple of years ago. Those are major red flags. He can probably be retained fairly easily if Reese plays his cards right.

                •  demo3356 says:

                  yeah, I’m not so sure.. It is well known around the league how much better he makes our defense and how good he is at playing center field. That is very important in today’s NFL. I see somebody offering him a substantial amount. there is a TON of terrible safety play in the NFL.

          •  nick86 says:

            we’ll see. i hope im wrong. I think he’s a nice player. Stud, is a little much. I know im arguing over wording but i consider guys like Ed reed, Polamalu, Earl Thomas to be studs….

            I saw brown out of position, taking poor angles to ball carriers, just as much as some of the other guys in our lack luster secondary…

            some times the ball just finds you…if he comes back and puts up 8 ints next season I will happily admit im wrong.

            •  demo3356 says:

              He’s young bro.. Guy started exactly ONE game before this season and has started exactly 11 in his career. not just are the 8 ints impressive (yet somehow diminished?) but how do you explain the 4th all time in int return yardage? He is also a solid tackler. I could be jumping the gun on him but after 30 years of watching the giants I cant remember another safety with those ball skills and return skills

  8.  Dirt says:

    What the hell happened to Boley down the stretch?

  9.  Krow says:

    The Eagles may be a punching bag, but it was still fun rubbing their noses in it. I’m glad they showed some enthusiasm. Better late than never I suppose, but it’s still a bitter end to a season that had so much promise.

    Ahmad Bradshaw is due $3.75 mil next year … and is worth every penny. He’s a very solid NFL RB, and he’s right on point with what they make. He may restructure some to help the team, but he’s not the problem.

    Randle showed a lot of promise. I’m a lot less worried about the WR position after today. He and Hixon will be fine sharing the 3/4 duties.

    Hard to get a line on how the OL played given the disarray of the Eagles … but Boothe did look good.

    What a difference when we bring pressure. It makes one wonder why we waited till the final game of the season to call these blitzes.

    And when did we start sending RBs deep into the secondary on go patterns? I think the answer is today. Again, why did we keep this play under wraps?

    Oh well … 9-7 … we may not be Superbowl champs any longer, but we didn’t exactly humiliate ourselves.

  10.  Krow says:

    Herzlich accounted himself pretty well at SLB. And Chase had a most excellent adventure today.

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