Monday, December 31, 2012

The New York Giants finish strong but miss the playoffs

The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 42-7 on Sunday afternoon. The game took place at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants came onto the field knowing that they needed to win and three other teams had to lose for them to earn a trip to the postseason and try to defend their title. They knew they couldn’t control what happened elsewhere but they made sure to take care of their own business. They had a dominating performance that left you wondering where they had been for the last couple of weeks. 
Eli Manning was 13-21 for 208 yards and five touchdowns. David Carr was 1-1 for 15 yards, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries and David Wilson rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries. Bradshaw also had a touchdown, Jerrel Jernigan had one carry for six yards.

Rueben Randle had four receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns, Victor Cruz had four for 52 yards and a touchdown and Domenick Hixon had two catches for 41 yards. Bradshaw had a reception for 41 yards, Wilson had one for 15 yards and Martellus Bennett had one for 15 yards. Henry Hynoski had one catch for a yard and a touchdown.

Lawrence Tynes didn’t attempt a field goal but was 6-6 on extra points. Wilson had one kickoff return for 29 yards and Steve Weatherford had two punts with an average of 49 yards. Stevie Brown had an interception and Chase Blackburn led the defense with six tackles and an assist. Brown had six tackles plus the interception. Justin Tuck had a sack.

Michael Vick was 19-35 for 197 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Trent Edwards was 2-2 for 14 yards. LeSean McCoy had 10 rushes for 45 yards, Vick had five for 25 yards and Bryce Brown had eight rushes for 18 yards. Dion Lewis had three rushes for 15 yards and Damaris Johnson had one rush for seven yards.

McCoy had five receptions for 61 yards, Brent Celek had three receptions for 43 yards and Jason Avant had four receptions for 39 yards. Jeremy Maclin had four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown, Riley Cooper had three for 32 yards and Johnson had one for eight yards. Brown had one for six yards.

Alex Henery was 0-1 on field goals and he did make an extra point. Brandon Boykin had three kickoff returns for an average of 28 yards and Brown had one for 16 yards. Mat McBriar had four punts for an average of 40.3 yards.

Colt Anderson led the defense with nine tackles and one assist. Phillip Hunt had a sack.

The Giants finished their season 9-7 which was the same record as last year when they won the Super Bowl. They have no one to blame but themselves though as they had a two game division lead with five games to go and blew it. They also in the last couple of weeks when they lost had destiny in their own hands. The Eagles finished out a terrible season going 4-12 and ending an era as Andy Reid will be fired as head coach.

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