Giants miss playoffs despite routing Eagles
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The New York Giants, while simultaneously being denied a chance to defend their Super Bowl title, delivered a resounding victory Sunday in what may have been Andy Reid's last game on the Philadelphia Eagles' sideline.
Eli Manning threw a career-high five touchdowns passes despite windy conditions in leading the Giants to a 42-7 blowout win in what proved to be both teams' season finale.
New York (9-7), the front-runner in the NFC East for most of the season, was eliminated from postseason contention when the Chicago Bears upended the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. A 2-5 stretch coming into Week 17 proved too much for the reigning champions to overcome, though a pair of rookies showed promise heading into next season.
Rueben Randle caught two TD passes, while fellow rookie David Wilson caught another from Manning, who finished with 208 yards on 13-of-21 passes.
Ahmad Bradshaw gained 148 yards from scrimmage and ran for a touchdown in finishing off the Eagles' 4-12 campaign -- the worst in Reid's 14-year tenure in the City of Brotherly Love.
Michael Vick, in his first start since suffering a concussion against the Cowboys in Week 10, completed just 19-of-35 attempts for 197 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the loss.
The Eagles can opt of Vick's hefty contract in the offseason, leading many to speculate his days, like Reid's, are numbered in Philadelphia.