The New York Giants entered Week 17 no longer controlling their own destiny and with nearly 400 residents from Newtown, CT. to play for. They gave them a great game to watch, stomping on the Philadelphia Eagles, 42-7.
The Giants finished the season 9-7, and will miss the playoffs. The Chicago Bears' 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions knocked the Giants out of the playoff picture.
The Eagles tried to set a tone and opened the game with an onside kick which they recovered. On a third down conversion, Michel Vick saw a six man rush and tried to get a pass off, which was picked off by Stevie Brown and returned for 48 yards. David Wilson started at running back and ran for two first downs. Eli Manning eventually found Rueben Randle in the back of the endzone for the touchdown to start the game 7-0.
On the Giants second drive of the game, Ahmad Bradshaw saw his first snap of the game, running for 15 yards. Then Manning finds Randle down the field once again, this time beating Nnamdi Asomugha for 38 yards, for his second touchdown of the game bringing the score to 14-0.
On the third offensive drive, Manning found Bradshaw for a 41-yard reception, then Wilson picked up a first down to set the Giants up for a score. That score came from Wilson when Manning found him in the endzone for the touchdown.
On the following kickoff, LeSean McCoy ran the kickoff back to the Giants 44-yard line. Vick converts a 4th and 10 to keep the ball in the Eagles hands. On 4th and 1 Vick finds Jeremy Maclin in the endzone for the touchdown making the score 21-7.
On the following drive, Manning looked to Randle down the field, but the Eagles were flagged for illegal contact giving the Giants five yards and a first down. Bradshaw runs for two straight first downs, then Manning finds Victor Cruz for a first down, setting the Giants up again. Bradshaw then rushes the 1-yard touchdown to make the score 28-7.
The Eagles with 28 seconds left tried to convert another fourth down, but Will Hill was able to make the big stop just before the first down. Manning then connects with Victor Cruz for the touchdown just before the half making the score 34-7.
After a very quiet third quarter, neither team puts up a score. However, in the fourth quarter, Manning finds Henry Hynoski in near the pylon for a touchdown. Finally, we see the Hynocerous touchdown dance, which brings the score to 42-7. The Giants take victory formation on their next offensive drive to officially end the game.
David Wilson and Rueben Randle - For working their butts off and getting the offense started early
Eli Manning - Welcome back!
Henry Hynoski - Had some of his best blocking today, and scored his first career NFL touchdown on his birthday
Ahmad Bradshaw - It's amazing what happens when you follow the Hynocerous
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