Kudos To ...
Odell Beckham -- Twelve catches, 185 yards, a 63-yard touchdown. Incredible numbers, but they don't even begin to tell the story. So, let's go through the litany of amazing Beckham numbers and try to make sense of it all:
- It was his second 12-catch game of the season. He is the first rookie in NFL history and the first Giants player with two 12-catch games in a season.
- Beckham is also the first NFL rookie with four consecutive games with at least 130 receiving yards and a touchdown. He was also the first rookie with three.
- Beckham's 185 yards is a single-game Giants rookie record. The former record of 176 was set by tight end Mark Bavaro at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985. The team rookie wide receiver record had been 169, set by Earnest Gray vs. San Francisco on Oct. 14, 1979. Beckham's previous best was 156 yards vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 3.
- Beckham joined Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the only players in NFL history with at least 90 receiving yards in nine consecutive games. Irvin accomplished the feat in 1995.
- Beckham finished the year with four consecutive 100-yard games and seven for the season. The Giants rookie record entering the season was three. Beckham's seven 100-yard games are the highest total by an NFL rookie since Houston's Bill Groman had nine in 1960.
- Beckham's season totals were 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all franchise rookie records. He is the first wide receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards after missing the season's first three games (he missed the first four with a hamstring injury). Beckham set NFL records for most catches and yards in the first 12 games to start a career. Beckham's 91 catches were the second-highest total in franchise history, topped only by Steve Smith's 107 receptions in 2009. Beckham's 91 receptions are tied with Denver's Eddie Royal (2008) for the second-highest total in NFL history for a rookie; Arizona's Anquan Boldin caught 101 passes in 2003.
- Beckham's 1,305 yards were the third-highest total in Giants history, surpassed only by Victor Cruz's 1,536 yards in 2011 and Amani Toomer's 1,343 yards in 2002.
- Beckham averaged 108.8 yards a game, obliterating Cruz's previous Giants record of 96.0, set in 2011. Beckham's 108.8-yard average is also an NFL rookie record, topping the old mark of 105.2 set by Groman in 1960.
- Beckham's 12 touchdown catches are a Giants rookie record and he tied the franchise total rookie touchdown mark set in 1943 by Bill Paschal (10 rushing, two receiving).
Rueben Randle -- After two first-quarter benchings in three weeks, Randle finished the season playing like the receiver the Giants have always hoped he would become. He had six catches for 158 yards Sunday, at least three of them high degree of difficulty catches for huge chunks of yardage. He also had a 34-yard touchdown catch wiped out by a penalty.
Jason Pierre-Paul -- The free-agent-to-be conclude a tremendous late-season salary drive with two sacks, five tackles (three for loss) and two quarterback hits. He ended the season with 12.5 sacks, nine of which came in the last five games.
Eli Manning -- Threw for 429 yards on Sunday, but had a strange day. He completed only 28-of-53 passes with a touchdown and an interception as the Giants continually tried to push the ball deep down the field. Manning reach several milestones during the game.
- Manning finished the season with a Giants-record 601 pass attempts. He held the previous mark with 589 in 2011.
- Manning's 28 completions increased his season total to a franchise-record 379. He owned the previous mark of 359, set in 2011.
- Manning's 429 yards were the third-highest total of his career and the sixth time he threw for at last 400 yards. The Giants are 2-4 when he throws for at least 400 yards and 15-18 when he throws for 300 yards.
- Manning finished the season with 4,410 yards, which is the second-highest total in franchise history. He passed for 4,933 yards in 2011. This was his fourth career 4,000-yard season.
- Manning's fourth-quarter, 63-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. was his 30th of the season. That was one shy of the career-high he set in 2011. It was the fourth 30-touchdown pass season in Giants history; Tittle threw 36 in 1963 and 33 in 1962.
- Manning finished with 14 interceptions, or 13 fewer than he threw in 2013.
- Manning's completion percentage (63.1) was a career-high. His passer rating of 92.1 was the second-highest of highest of his career (93.1 in 2009).
Josh Brown -- Went 4-for-4 in field goals on Sunday, including a 53-yarder. That is the longest made field goal for the Giants since Lawrence Tynes connected from 53 yards on Oct. 25,2010 vs. the Dallas Cowboys. It was also Brown's longest made kick since 2010.
Wet Willies To ...
Run-blocking -- An issue for the Giants. Again. As it has been all season. The Giants ran 25 times for 76 yards, too often going nowhere -- or backwards. Will the addition of Geoff Schwartz, whatever position the Giants play him at, be enough to rectify that issue? As good as the pass protection has been, and it was excellent again on Sunday as Manning was hit just three times and was never sacked in 53 pass attempts, the run-blocking with this group just is not up to par. It says here that the Giants can't be fooled by what they've seen down the stretch. They need to move Weston Richburg to center and add at least one more piece to the line via free agency or the draft.
Defense Overall -- The Giants allowed Mark Sanchez to slice them up to the tune of 23-of-36 for 292 yards. A better quarterback would have had 400 yards passing, as Sanchez missed several open receivers -- including a couple of throws that should have gone for long gains. The Giants also could not consistently stop the run. The Eagles piled up 164 rushing yards on 32 carries, 5.1 yards per attempt. The Giants did get four sacks and picked Sanchez off once, but receivers ran wide open all day, the Eagles' offense scored 27 points and they were were far too efficient considering who the quarterback was. Tom Coughlin indicated Sunday that he wants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to return, but Sunday's latest of many abysmal defensive performances in 2014 has to put a dent in Coughlin's case.
Chykie Brown -- Played some pretty good football for the Giants after being awarded to them on waivers from the Baltimore Ravens mid-season. The more he has played, though, the more you see why the Ravens soured on him. Brown committed three penalties Sunday, including an encroachment. How does a cornerback commit encroachment? Hopefully, Prince Amukamara is healthy in 2015.