EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants had hoped to end the 2014 season on a four-game winning streak. That, however, was not to be as the Giants lost a 34-26 game to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday MetLife Stadium.
Instead, the Giants finish 6-10, the first 10-loss season for the franchise since 2004, the first season in New York for coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning.
The Giants trailed, 17-16, at the half. Rueben Randle had an outstanding half for the Giants, catching five passes for 134 yards.
Three second-half sequences proved costly for the Giants. The first time the Giants had the ball in the third quarter, Steve Weatherford had a punt blocked by Philadelphia's James Casey. Trey Burton returned the punt 26 yards for a touchdown to give Philly a 24-16 lead.
Later in the third quarter, still trailing 24-16, Eli Manning hit Randle for what would have been a 34-yard touchdown to pull the Giants within a point. Will Beatty was called for holding, however, and the Giants settled for a 53-yard Josh Brown field goal to close within 24-19 with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
Trailing 34-26 the Giants had one final opportunity to drive for a game-tying score, taking over at their own 31-yard line with 3:45 remaining. An Eli Manning pass deep down the left sideline intended for Randle was intercepted by Nate Allen and run back 42 yards to the Giants' 18-yard line with 2:41 remaining.
Randle looked open as he streaked down the sideline and said "of course" he thought it was going to be a touchdown, but said he briefly lost the ball in the lights and couldn't make a play on it as Allen swooped in for the pick.
"The ball kind of got in the light a little bit and I didn't see the safety there, so I could've made a play on it, but just an unfortunate situation," Randle said.
"We had some chances," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "We did a lot of things pretty well offensively. Not enough."
Eli Manning Milestones
Manning had a weird day. The game plan was obviously to attack the Eagles down the field, and boy, did the Giants ever try to do that. The Giants had virtually no running game, with 25 carries for only 78 yards. Manning completed 28-of-53 passes for 429 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His passer rating for the day was 78.1.
Manning surpassed several career milestones. He went over 4,000 yards passing for the fourth time in his career. He also set new career highs in completions and pass attempts.In addition, Manning reached 30 touchdown passes for the second time in his career. Despite the low completion percentage for the day of 53 percent, Manning finished the season with a career-best 63.1 percent completion rate. He went 379-of-601 for 4,410 yards.
Beckham Ties Irvin, And Gets A Running Mate
Beckham,tied the record of nine straight games with 90 or more receiving yards set by in 1995 by Michael Irvin. He had 12 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown, his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Beckham wasn't the only Giants' receiver to have an incredible day. Randle had six catches for 158 yards. Randle had a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter wiped out by a Will Beatty holding penalty.
Apparently, safety was the position of choice for Giants' injuries today. The Giants lost safeties Stevie Brown (foot sprain) and Nat Berhe (knee) during the first quarter. Tight end Larry Donnell left in the second half with an ankle injury.
The off-season, which means finding out for sure what John Mara and the Giants organization thinks about who should stay and who should go. The fun begins on Monday with media having access to players as they clear out their lockers. Mara, GM Jerry Reese and Coughlin are expected to speak on Tuesday.