EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a sign that things have deteriorated for Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Philadelphia lost its regular-season finale on Sunday 42-7 to the New York Giants, a team the Eagles have dominated dating back to 2008.
The Giants finished with a 9-7 mark, matching their regular-season mark of last season, when they won the Super Bowl. However, the Bears' victory over the Lions Sunday eliminated New York from playoff contention this season based on tiebreakers. The Giants head into the offseason pondering how a promising season that began 6-2 slipped through their fingers.
Meanwhile, the Eagles' loss at MetLife Stadium likely signals the end of Reid's tenure in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Giants enjoyed a resurgence after two horrific performances that saw them lose control of their playoff destiny thanks to bad losses to Atlanta and Baltimore.
The Eagles, who reinserted quarterback Michael Vick into the lineup after losing rookie Nick Foles to a broken hand, tried a little trickery on the opening kickoff after losing the coin toss. Kicker Alex Henery executed a perfect onside kick, which was recovered by the Eagles' Brandon Hughes on his 47.
However, the spark was soon distinguished as Vick's pass intended for tight end Brent Celek was picked off by Giants safety Stevie Brown, who returned it 48 yards.
That turnover set up the first of three consecutive Giants touchdown passes thrown by quarterback Eli Manning. He connected with rookie receiver Rueben Randle on the Giants' first two scores, completing TD passes of three yards and 38 yards. His third touchdown pass on as many possessions was a 15-yarder to running back David Wilson, which made it 21-0 Giants.
The Eagles finally got on the board early in the second quarter as Vick and the Eagles twice converted fourth-down attempts. The first came on a fourth-and-10 on a completion to Celek, but the second one was bigger as Vick found receiver Jeremy Maclin in the end zone for a seven-yard score to make it 21-7.
The Giants, though, continued to pile it on, scoring twice before the half thanks to a one-yard touchdown run by running back Ahmad Bradshaw, which was set up by a pass interference call against Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Manning to receiver Victor Cruz.
Earlier in the second quarter, the Eagles had tried to close the scoring gap when it was 28-7, but Vick missed receiver Damarius Johnson, who was wide open in the back of the end zone on third down, and Henery's 28-yard field goal attempt went wide left.
The Eagles mounted their best drive of the game on their second possession of the third quarter, driving all the way to the Giants' 38. However, a holding penalty against guard Jake Scott set them in third-and-long, with the drive stalling.
The Giants, meanwhile, finally got a touchdown pass to fullback Henry Hynoski, who celebrated his 24th birthday Sunday. Hynoski was the recipient of Manning's fifth touchdown pass of the day, a one-yard toss that made it 42-7.
The Eagles, who finish 4-12, are headed for a busy offseason of change, starting with the likely dismissal of Reid, who, if terminated, concludes his tenure as head coach of the Eagles 140-102-1.
Vick, who lost the starting job to Foles, is also likely finished with the Eagles as he still believes he's capable of being a starter in this league.
Notes: Assuming Reid is dismissed as head coach of the Eagles as is expected, he finishes his tenure with a 17-14 career mark (regular season and postseason) against the Giants. He also posted an overall 8-3 mark against New York dating back to 2008. ... Manning's three first-quarter touchdown passes were the most in a quarter for him since 2006 in a game against Seattle. Manning, who finished with five touchdown passes for the first time in his career, tied the franchise record last achieved by Phil Simms on Sept. 7, 1980. ... Vick's interception on the Eagles' first offensive series of the game marked the 10th time the Eagles have turned the ball over on their first or second offensive series from scrimmage. That turnover was the Eagles' 37th of the season. ... Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. . . . The Giants hosted approximately 200 students, parents, teachers, and administrators from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.