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Giants Vs. Eagles: A Painful History Lesson

Our New York Giants have lost five straight games to the rival Philadelphia Eagles, the opponent in this week's version of the Game of The Year, one that likely decides the winner in the NFC East.

You would think it should be time for that streak to turn around, for Lady Luck to shine on the Giants for a change and make a few balls bounce in Big Blue's direction on Sunday. We'll see. I'm not sure why I'm doing this, maybe as some sort of half-baked effort to exorcise the Eagle demons, but I thought I would take a look back today at those five losses.

So, what follows is a painful tour through five games you would probably rather forget -- but know that you can't.

Eagles 20, Giants 14 (Dec. 7, 2008)

As we know now, this was the day the 2008 season officially began to unravel. The Giants entered 11-1, and played a brutal game -- the first in which the loss of Plaxico Burress actually showed its impact. Yet, it was sort of a mixed blessings day as the Giants clinched the NFC East title thanks to a loss by the Dallas Cowboys.

In retrospect, though, we know that was not important. It was the day Brian Westbrook made Antonio Pierce look old with a 30-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard touchdown reception with Pierce chasing. It was Domenik Hixon Drop Day, failing to haul in a long ball from Eli Manning that would have been a touchdown. It was, truthfully, the end of all that had been good about the 2008 season.

Eagles 23, Giants 11 (Jan. 11, 2009, Divisional Playoffs)

The official end to the Giants' reign as Super Bowl champs. You know how bad this game was? It led me to rip both Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride, which I rarely do, in the following day's 'Kudos & Wet Willies.' A terrible game in which the Giants never really gave themselves a chance.

Eagles 40, Giants 17 (Nov. 1, 2009)

A terrible beating from Philadelphia that put the Giants record at 5-3, the team's third straight loss after a 5-0 start. We should have known then that, for all intents and purposes, the season was over. When I looked back at this one, in which the Giants were trailing 30-7 at halftime, I found I was as disgusted as I have ever been. I actually did not even watch this one all the way to the end, nor did I hand out any 'Kudos.' Everybody came in for criticism after an effort we should have known would pretty much typify the rest of the season.

Eagles 45, Giants 38 (Dec. 13, 2009)

Manning was brilliant in this game, throwing for 391 yards with three touchdowns and no picks and at least the Giants were competitive. It wasn't good enough, though. The lasting image from this game is Aaron Ross diving across the middle of the field in a futile effort to cover a C.C. Brown mistake that went for a 60-yard DeSean Jackson touchdown.

Eagles 27, Giants 17 (Nov. 21, 2010)

In all honesty a game the Giants should have been blown out of in the first. The 13-3 deficit could have been 30-3. In the second half, though, a game they should have won. This was the game that led me to call 'Kudos & Wet Willies' the 'The Ball Is Not A Grenade Edition.' It also led Tom Coughlin to rant about his team's 'Careless disregard for the football." That disregard, by the way, is something our man Eli, who I love and support, is still showing signs of. If the Giants, and Manning in particular, can't take care of the football Sunday the losing streak will be six.

OK, so that's enough really awful history. Now all we need is for the Giants to go out Sunday, ground the Eagles and erase the bad taste left from those losses.