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The Giants' 2013 season ended just at the right time. If they did have a game next week, they probably would not have enough bodies to field a viable lineup.

They out-gutted the sorry Redskins (4-12) in the soaking, teaming, unrelenting rain at MetLife today by the score of 20-6. And they did it with only three of their opening day offensive starters on the field for most of the game.

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The one time it really didn't matter whether the Giants beat the Eagles, they crushed them. That was yesterday. When they really needed to beat them - in Week 4 - they blew it.

The 'sense of urgency' everyone around here has been citing as if it were some type of optional course of action returned yesterday after several weeks off. It arrived too late. The dye had been cast on this season way before the ball was put in the air yesterday.

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Giant Rout Too Little, Too Late to Save Season

by Jon Wagner SNYGiants Columnist

After enduring yet another second half swoon under head coach Tom Coughlin, the New York Giants finally put forth the type of effort in their regular season finale that might have given them a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions, had they only played with a similar sense of urgency more often this season.

Instead, a 42-7 dismantling of the lowly Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday left the Giants (9-7) with a solid 6-2 home record, but out of the NFC playoffs.

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ESPN's Cary Chow and Cris Carter break down the Giants' 42-7 win over the Eagles.

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Who would thunk it? The Giants came out firing on all cylinders this afternoon at MetLife Stadium, scoring TDs on their first four possessions against the lame duck regime of the Eagles. They never looked back. The final was 42-7. Unfortunately for the Giants and their fans, it was too little, too late.

The win gave the Giants nine on the season, the same number as last year, but not enough to get them a pass into the Super Bowl tournament. They needed Detroit to knock off Chicago (along with other circumstances) in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Lions lost, 26-24, at Ford Field ending any designs the Giants may have had of defending their title.

It is the third time in the past four seasons the Giants have failed to qualify for the postseason.

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Kel Dansby: The Giants will give their final gutsy performance of the season against the Eagles. The pass rush will look elite against this Eagles offensive line & turnover prone Mike Vick. They'll collect the victory but fall short of the playoffs. Giants 27, Eagles 17

Sam Spiegelman: All season we've seen the Giants rise to the occasion when need be, but when their playoffs lives were at stake -- against Atlanta and Baltimore -- they failed to show. I expect the Giants to give it their all vs. Philly, but I'm afraid it's too late and the odds are stacked against them. Giants 23, Eagles 16

Jim Mancari: The Giants need to win to keep any slim hope of a playoff berth alive. I believe they will beat the Eagles, and in fact I believe they will beat the Eagles soundly. But I'm not confident that all the other teams that need to lose will all lose. It could happen, and the great thing about sports is that it can happen. The Giants just need to worry about themselves and hope for a little bit of luck. Giants 31, Eagles 17

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Eagles' RB LeSean McCoy has trampled the Giants recently, averaging over 120 yards per game in his last three vs New York.

The Giants (8-7) will attempt to keep their faint playoff hopes alive when they host their biggest nemesis - the 4-11 Philadelphia Eagles - today at MetLife Stadium.

What's at stake for the Giants.....they need to win and have Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas all lose in order to continue playing this season. A win would also give the Giants a winning season at 9-7 and recapture some of the pride they lost the second half of the season.

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This is it, folks. Do or die. What's it gonna be, Giants? They control only 1/4 of their destiny today, and we'll see how well they handle that before we plan the rest of our day. Here's what you should be rooting for/against...

First, at 1pm, you start by rooting for the Giants against the 4-11 Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles will be getting Michael Vick back at QB for the first time in six weeks after it was learned that rookie QB Nick Foles had a broken hand. Vick led the Eagles to a 19-17 win against the Giants in Week 4. Since then, Philly has won only once in eleven tries. Giants are favored by 7 1/2 in this one, so it looks like they might be able to hold up their end of the bargain. Probability: 55%....don't forget, the Giants have lost 8 of their last 9 vs the Eagles.

Also at 1, the Bears travel to Detroit to take on the troubled Lions (4-11). Chicago won the first meeting, 13-7, in Week 7. A lot has happened since then. Both teams have struggled. You want the Lions to step up and bite the Bears. The good part is, the Lions can move the ball on anyone. The bad part? They have problems scoring points. The visiting Bears are 3-point favorites. This game could go either way, but the Giants need it to go in Detroit?s favor. Probability: 30%....Detroit is tough at home, but they can really stink the place up at times.

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Below is the official injury report for the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles who will face off this Sunday at 1pm at MetLife Stadium.

Eagles

OUT - Did not practice: DT Fletcher Cox (concussion), LB Mychal Kendricks (concussion)

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The NFL prides itself in spacing it's schedule strategically so that every marketplace is properly covered each Sunday. This year, the Giants and Jets, who rarely play at the same time, will both kickoff at 1pm.

The Jets will be in Buffalo to play a game that features two derailed franchises. The Giants host the dysfunctional Eagles in a game that New York needs in order to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

From Mike Vorkunov of the Ledger:

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Back to work for the sagging Giants today. They have one game left: a face-saver against their toughest rival, Philadelphia. The Eagles have been a dumpster fire all year, winning only four games. One of those wins came against the Giants (of course it did). The Eagles can always count on the Giants to spit the bit in their presence. New York is 1-8 in their last nine regular season meetings against Philly.

The Giants' inability to get past the Eagles has ruined nearly every season in recent memory sans two. Had the Giants beaten Philly in Week 4 (they lost, 19-17) they would be sitting at 9-6 with their playoff destiny still in their pocket. But, no....they can't beat the Eagles even in years when Philly is down.

Michael Vick will be back to perplex the Blue defense, which has done a good job perplexing itself the past two weeks. If he comes in here and the beats the Giants, it's going to be hard for New York to bring all the players and coaches in that locker room back in 2013.

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It will take a long shot for the Giants to make the playoffs this year. They need some serious assistance along with a victory of their own to sneak in.

So, who should you be rooting for this Sunday?

First, at 1pm, you start by rooting for the Giants against the 4-11 Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles will be getting Michael Vick back at QB for the first time in six weeks after it was learned that rookie QB Nick Foles had a broken hand. Vick led the Eagles to a 19-17 win against the Giants in Week 4. Since then, Philly has won only once in eleven tries. Giants are favored by 9 1/2 in this one, so it looks like they might be able to hold up their end of the bargain.

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The FOXSports studio gang discusses the wild race for the NFC East title, once thought to be the Giants' for the taking. The Redskins will host the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The winner will be the division champion.

Dallas can only win the division. A loss eliminates them from playoff contention.

Washington can still qualify for the postseason with a loss. They would need Chicago and Minnesota to lose.

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It?s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, December 30. All 16 games are division contests.?And with one week to go, there are still?15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII?in New Orleans.?

In the AFC, all six postseason spots have been clinched. But teams are still battling for playoff position. The four division winners are the Houston Texans (AFC South), Denver Broncos (AFC West), New England Patriots (AFC East) and Baltimore Ravens (AFC North). The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals have locked up the Wild Card berths.

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From the NFL....The Week 17 Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins game on Sunday, December 30 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC, the Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots game will move to 4:25 PM ET on CBS and the Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings game will move to 4:25 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced today.

Most markets will see four Sunday afternoon games (two on CBS and two on FOX) plus the NBC Sunday night game with the NFL?s Week 17 double doubleheader schedule, which was introduced in 2006.

Following is the Week 17 NFL schedule (asterisk and bold/italics represents changed game time):

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The Dallas Cowboys (8-7) travel to New York to play the Giants (8-7) for the 2011 NFC East Championship. The winner goes to the NFC Playoffs. The loser goes home.

Kickoff: 8:20pm Eastern

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Now that Las Vegas has seen Cowboys' QB Tony Romo (bruised throwing hand) taking snaps in practice, they have published opening lines for the Giants-Cowboys game to be played in front of the whole wide world this Sunday night.

The most common line is Giants by 3 with the over/under at 46. ?The Las Vegas Hilton and Caesars have the Giants at 2.5 point favorites.

The Covers.com consensus right now is leaning heavy towards the Giants (70%) mainly because the Cowboys have covered in only five of their fifteen games in 2011. The Giants are 7-7-1 ATS (against the spread) this year.

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We know the Giants-Cowboys game is the only game with gun-to-the-head playoff implications, but there are plenty of other unsettled issues to be resolved.

from the NFL:

It?s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, January 1. All 16 games in Week 17 are division contests.

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The Week 17 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants game on Sunday, January 1 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC, the Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns games will move to 4:15 PM ET on CBS and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons game will move to 4:15 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced today. Game times for the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers-New Orleans Saints afternoon games on FOX will be announced following results of the Week 16 Sunday and Monday night games.

Following is the Week 17 NFL schedule (asterisk and bold/italics represents changed game time, **denotes game time pending outcome of Sunday and Monday night games):

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The fourth quarter began with the Giants leading, 17-7, and the Redskins driving.

Then, Osi Umneyiora forced another Rex Grossman fumble to thwart the drive on the Giants 43. The forced fumble was the 36th of the season by the Giants and their 21st recovery - a new NFL record.

The Giants came out passing and went three-and-out.? The Skins returned the ensuing Matt Dodge punt for 28 yards to their 36 yard line and once again began to drive down the field on the Giants in healthy chunks. But then Santana Moss fumbled inside the 20 and it was recovered by the Giants' Kenny Phillips to further the Giants fumble recovery record to 22.

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No one said this was going to be easy....

The defense came out aggressive and even after yielding a first down on a Jonathan Goff pass interference penalty, the Giants forced a Redskins punt on the next series.

On the second play from scrimmage, Eli saw that Mario Manningham got behind Redskins' CB DeAngelo Hall down the right sideline and took a shot.....and what a shot it was.? Manningham grabbed the lob and raced untouched to paydirt - a 92-yard pass play (the longest of the season for the Blue) - which gave them a 17-7 lead with 12:19 remaining in the quarter.

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The Giants opened the quarter with Osi Umenyiora forcing a Rex Grossman fumble, which was recovered at the Giants 25 by Jason Pierre-Paul.? A couple first downs later, they were stopped inside Redskins territory and were forced to punt.

Washington answered with a stalled drive and punt of their own, as receivers and backs began to slip more noticeably.

The Giants took possession on their own 30 with 8:00 remaining in the half.? Eli began to reel in the passing game, keeping it short and sweet. On 3rd and 11 from the 46, Eli hit Hagan again for a first down over the middle.? Then, on 3rd and 10 from the 41, Eli hit Hagan for 15 yards and then Kevin Boss for 24 yards down the middle to the 2.

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Perhaps it's too much to hope for. Why would Bears head coach Lovie Smith go all out this afternoon in Green Bay when Chicago will most likely be locked into the No. 2 seed by the time the game kicks off at 4:15?

In any event,?here's what Smith said to?Green Bay?writers earlier this week.

"For us, we're playing to win the football game," Smith said. "We want to continue to grow, continue to improve the way we've been doing here lately. Besides that, we have a chance to sweep the division. That's important for us. We want to go into the playoffs on a high."

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As you might expect, the Giants will be scoreboard watching tomorrow afternoon. At the same time that New York will be in Washington, in a must-win game against the Redskins, the Bears will be playing the Packers in Green Bay. The Giants need to win, and they need Chicago to beat the Packers, in order to get into the playoffs.

"I'm going to be looking at the scoreboard," defensive tackle Barry Cofield said. "If it's up there I'm going to check it out."

"You know what? I'll try not to. But honestly, I'll probably take a peek up there," said guard Chris Snee. "I'm sure that'll be emphasized: Just worry about our game. But this week will be a little bit different."

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What to look for (with a Philly flavor)?in Sunday's regular-season finale featuring the Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles.?(From Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News):

1. Stopping Witten: The Eagles continue to have problems defending the tight end in the passing game. Opposing tight ends have 72 catches and 10 TDs vs. Eagles. Two of those 10 scores were by Jason Witten in Week 14. With inexperienced Stephen McGee expected to start for the Cowboys on Sunday, Witten likely will be his go-to receiver. Witten has four TD catches in the last thee games and has been targeted 23 times (18 catches) the last two weeks.

2. Eagles? passing game: Kevin Kolb likely will be starting in place of banged-up Michael Vick and will be going against a Cowboys pass defense that has given up a league-high 32 touchdown passes. He needs to make hay. Opponents have a 65.5 completion percentage and 96.7 passer rating against the Cowboys.

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The Giants' final regular season game vs Washington this coming Sunday, has been moved from 1:00pm ET to 4:15pm ET.

From the NFL.....

The Week 17 St. Louis at Seattle game on Sunday, January 2 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC, the Jacksonville at Houston and Tennessee at Indianapolis games will move to 4:15 PM ET on CBS and the Chicago at Green Bay, Dallas at Philadelphia and New York Giants at Washington games will move to 4:15 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced today
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