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Champ Giants out of playoff picture despite rout of Eagles

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Justin Tuck called it a funny year. He and his New York Giants teammates weren't laughing.

There will be no repeat championship for the Giants, not even a playoff berth. A 9-7 season wasn't good enough this time around.

The Giants saw their playoff hopes end Sunday, minutes after a 42-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles when Chicago beat Detroit 26-24.

"It happens that way," Tuck said after the Giants rebounded from two bad losses and routed the Eagles in what might have been Andy Reid's final game at coach. "I've been 10-6 and not made the playoffs. You've got to win the ones you're supposed to. That's why the division games mean so much. If we'd won the division games, we'd still be in the driver's seat."

Instead, they are headed home early.

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"We are certainly disappointed we are not in the playoffs," coach Tom Coughlin said after New York missed the postseason for the third time in four years. "Our goal was certainly to be there. Our goal was to win the division. We didn't do that either. We won nine games and there is no way anyone can talk us out of that. We do have the nine wins, but it's not good enough."

A year ago it was. The Giants won their last two games in 2011 to get into the playoffs, and finished the season with six straight wins in earning their second NFL title in five seasons.

This marks the seventh straight season the Super Bowl champion has failed to win a playoff game the following year.

Moments after finishing his worst season with the Eagles (4-12), Reid said he would like to return for the final year of a contract that will pay him $6 million next year. Reid expects to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday.

"I've been doing it a long time. I have respect for Jeff Lurie. I go in eyes wide open," Reid said. "Either way, I understand. Whatever he chooses will be the right thing. He always does things for the best interests of the Eagles."

Eli Manning did his part to keep the Giants in the chase with a career-best five touchdown passes. Fans who stuck around were chanting "Let's Go Lions" as the final moments ticked off in the Chicago-Detroit game.

"It hurts," said Manning, who finished 13 of 21 for 208 yards and no interceptions. "Each year you want to make the playoffs to give yourself an opportunity to win a championship; 9-7 last year was good enough. It wasn't good enough this year and we knew it wouldn't be."

After going 6-2, they lost five of eight, including two games by a combined 67-14 to playoff-bound Atlanta and Baltimore.

"The first thing is you don't ever rely on anybody else in this business," said Coughlin. "You've got to take care of your own business. We certainly had our chances. That will be the No. 1 thing I'll talk to the team about."

Manning woke up the offense with touchdown passes of 3 and 38 yards to rookie Rueben Randle, a 15-yarder to David Wilson and a 24-yarder to Victor Cruz just before halftime for a 35-7 lead. He's the first Giant to throw five TD passes in a game since Phil Simms in 1980. His fifth score was a 1-yard pass to fullback Henry Hynoski in the fourth quarter.

Ahmad Bradshaw, who rushed for 107 yards and passed the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career, also scored on a 1-yard run.

Starting for the first time since a concussion against Dallas in early November, Michael Vick threw a 7-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin. Vick finished 19 of 35 for 197 yards and one interception before being replaced by Trent Edwards.

The Eagles had hoped to send Reid out on a positive note, but they played poorly.

"We came, we stunk it up and we lost," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "It was terrible. No heart."

Vick, replacing injured rookie Nick Foles, was also reluctant to discuss his future, but he felt for Reid, who gave him a second chance after he got out of prison.

"He's a great man and I love him to death," Vick said. "I wish I could've done more. A lot of players wish they could've done more. Coaches can't play the games."

The Eagles surprised the Giants on a cold and windy day with an onside kick to open the game. However, turnovers have hurt the Eagles all season, and it happened again when Stevie Brown came up with his eighth interception.

Manning needed four plays, finding Randle over the middle for his second touchdown of his rookie season. His third came on the following series when New York went 74 yards in five plays.

The third touchdown was another pass to a rookie, with Wilson catching a 15-yarder, then doing his usual back flip to celebrate.

Notes

  • About 400 residents of Newtown, Conn., attended the game Sunday. Among them were a few families who lost children in the massacre this month, the Giants said. One was the family of Jack Pinto, the 6-year-old boy buried in a No. 80 Cruz jersey.
  • Bradshaw finished with 1,015 yards rushing.
  • Manning fell 52 yards shy of his fourth straight 4,000-yard season.
  • Brown's 48-yard return gave him 307 yards in interception returns this season, extending his Giants single-season record.
  • Eagles safety Colt Anderson led them with 10 tackles.
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EaglesGiants
Pass: M. Vick (19-35, 197) E. Manning (13-21, 208)
Rush: L. McCoy (10-45) A. Bradshaw (16-107)
Rec: L. McCoy (5-61) R. Randle (4-58)
Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
TDRueben Randle catches a 3 yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good). Drive: 4 plays, 26 yards in 2:01.
TDRueben Randle catches a 38 yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good). Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards in 2:43.
TDDavid Wilson catches a 15 yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good). Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards in 3:10.
2ND QUARTER
TDJeremy Maclin catches a 7 yard pass from Michael Vick (Alex Henery kick is good). Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 4:12.
TDAhmad Bradshaw runs for 1 yard (Lawrence Tynes kick is good). Drive: 10 plays, 73 yards in 5:40.
TDVictor Cruz catches a 24 yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good). Drive: 2 plays, 54 yards in 0:13.
3RD QUARTER
None
4TH QUARTER
TDHenry Hynoski catches a 1 yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good). Drive: 14 plays, 88 yards in 9:24.
Players of the Game
New York

E. Manning
Att 21
Comp 13
Yds 208
TD 5
Philadelphia

L. McCoy
Rush 10
Yds 45
Avg 4.5
TD 0
 
Philadelphia
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
M. Vick19/3519711
T. Edwards2/21400
RushingATTYDSTDLG
L. McCoy1045014
M. Vick525011
B. Brown818013
D. Lewis31508
D. Johnson1707
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
L. McCoy561036
B. Celek343028
J. Avant439015
R. Cooper332022
J. Maclin42218
D. Johnson1808
B. Brown1606
New York
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
E. Manning13/2120850
D. Carr1/11500
RushingATTYDSTDLG
A. Bradshaw16107117
D. Wilson1575015
J. Jernigan1606
D. Carr3-30-1
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
R. Randle458238
V. Cruz452124
D. Hixon241030
A. Bradshaw141041
M. Bennett115015
D. Wilson115115
H. Hynoski1111
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NO 38
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