The defense on the season was a mess thanks to season-ending injuries to MLB Jon Beason, LB Jacquian Williams and CBs Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III and Trumaine McBride. They allowed 400 points on the season, tied for fourth-worst in team history. On a positive note, they recorded 47 sacks, up from 34 last year, and the most since 2011 when they had 48 and won the Super Bowl.
DL - Grade: C-: Call it a good sign. JPP and Jon Hankins both started every game this season. On this team, that's a badge of honor. JPP Had two sacks of Mark Sanchez, raising his season total to 12.5, the most by a Giant since he had 16.5 in 2011. The bad news is they haven't been able to stop the run all year and they didn't again this week. DT Markus Kuhn got his first career sack.
LB - Grade: C: Jameel McClain (8 tackles, six solo, 1 PD) closed out his debut season in Blue with another fine performance. Mark Herzlich had seven tackles and a sack. Still, this group was supposed by about Beason, the team leader on defense; Williams, who way ahead in tackles when he got hurt halfway through the season and rookie Devon Kennard. The effort was there this week from the others, but more is obviously needed.
CB - Grade: C: Mike Harris has been a pleasant surprise as a mid-season free agent add. He led the way on Sunday with ten solo tackles, an INT and a PD. Chykie Brown had six total tackles and DRC was quiet as the Eagles chose to steer away from him for the most part. He did allow a few to be caught on him, however.
S - Grade: C: Antrel Rolle has played nearly every snap this season on defense this season. That's a good thing. The bad part is, he really hasn't had his best season. He had eight solo tackles in this game, which could be hi last n a Giant uniform. Stevie Brown and Nat Berhe went down with injuries and Quintin Brown was hurt during an NT return. The INT was negated by a phantom pass interference call on Chykie Brown. Demps had three tackles in relief.
Special Teams Report
The bad...The Eagles scored on a blocked punt in the third quarter when James Casey got his hands on Steve Weatherford’s punt and Trey Burton picked up the ball and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown that gave Philadelphia a 24-16 lead. It is the only time Weatherford has been blocked in 674 career regular-season punts.
It was the first time a Giants opponent scored a touchdown on a blocked punt since Sept. 5, 1993, when Chicago’s Myron Baker blocked a Sean Landeta punt, picked up the ball and carried it five yards into the end zone.
It was the first blocked punt by a Giants opponent since Carolina’s Greg Hardy blocked a Matt Dodge punt in the first regular-season game in MetLife Stadium on Sept. 12, 2010. (Courtesy NYG)
The good...Josh Brown finished a strong 2104 campaign by kicking field goals of 28, 20, 36 and 53 yards. The 53-yarder was the longest by a Giant since Lawrence Tynes kicked a field goal from the same distance at Dallas on Oct. 25, 2010. Brown’s 53-yard field goal was his longest since he booted a 53-yarder on Nov. 21, 2010 for St. Louis vs. Atlanta.
Brown finished the season with 24 successes in 26 attempts (one of the misses was a block), a 92.3 percentage that is a Giants single-season record. The former mark of 92.1 (35 of 38) was set by John Carney in 2008.
Brown’s 116 points were the third-highest total of his career; he scored 127 points for the Seahawks in 2007 and 125 for the Rams in 2010. (NYG).
Kickoff coverage: Brown had five of his seven kickoffs go for touchbacks. The other two went for runbacks of 29 and 11 yards.
Punt coverage: Outside of the block, Weatherford punted six times for a net of 33.7 with two inside the 20. The Eagles' Darren Sproles was only able to return two - for a total of 15 yards.
Kickoff returns: Preston Parker returned three for 68 yards with a long of 25.
Punt returns: All seven punts were fair catches. Five by Rueben Randle and two by OBJ.