New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he wanted his team to come out this week and play with "pride, honor and dignity"; to potentially end their season "with a game they can be proud of." A game, mind you, that would be played in front of nearly 400 survivors, students, parents and teachers from Sandy Hook that were bussed in from Newtown, CT. early on Sunday morning.
They did exactly that, coming out and potentially ending the Andy Reid-era in Philadelphia by dominating the Eagles 42-7. Unfortunately, the victory was bittersweet as the Detroit Lions were unable to upset the Chicago Bears, falling 26-24, thus officially eliminated the Giants from the playoffs and ending their 2012 season.
There will be a lot of questions that have to be answered this offseason, a lot of players that we'll be saying goodbye to and many other new faces to welcome. But that is all for another day.
- Ahmad Bradshaw – Say what you will about Bradshaw, but he is as tough as they come. He left everything he had on the field this afternoon, played through pain, and quietly eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season. If it turns out this was his final game as a Giant, he went out as he came in: running hard, giving it his all and playing through incredible amounts of pain.
- Chase Blackburn – Blackburn's best career game previously came against the Eagles earlier this year, but he may have topped it this afternoon. He played well against the run, was solid in protection and was a sure-tackler. He even managed to pressure Michael Vick a time or two.
- Henry Hynoski – Forget that the bruising blocker opened up huge holes all day, the Hynocerous scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from Eli Manning … and celebrated with the best TD dance in the history of mankind.
- Eli Manning – Manning came out strong from the get-go and his five touchdown passes were the most by any Giants quarterback since Phil Simms did it in 1980.
- Rueben Randle – The rookie wide receiver not only scored two touchdowns this afternoon, but he showed great hands, leaping ability and field awareness. We saw the future today, and the future looks bright.
- David Wilson – See, again: the future. This kid is not only speedy, but tough as nails. He is a superstar in the making.
- Stevie Brown – With his eight interception on the season and subsequent return, Brown tallied a total of 307 interception return yards on the season, passing Deion Sanders for fourth all-time in a single-season.
- Kenny Phillips – When a healthy KP is on the field, the entire defense is different. He truly is extremely talented -perhaps the most talented player in the Giants secondary- but just can't stay healthy.
- Will Hill – Man oh man can this kid hit. He's going to be around a while.
- Osi Umenyiora – Save for one play when LeSean McCoy beat him to the outside, Umenyiora had a very good game. Sadly, it may have been his last in a Giants uniform. Knowing that to be the case, he blew kisses and shared his possible goodbye's with Giants fans after the game. He has truly been a great Giant.
- Jerrel Jernigan – His block on DeMeco Ryans in the 4th quarter is worthy of more than just a tip of the cap. Powerful.
- Referees – It's hard to rag on the referees too much when the game ends in a score of 42-7, but there were some blatant holds that led to huge Philadelphia Eagles gains. They also missed a clear pass interference on Nnamdi Asomugha when he mugged Domenik Hixon on the one-yard-line.
- Prince Amukamara – Although Prince gave up the only touchdown of the game (which was defensive miscommunication, by the way), he played quite well despite being injured. He showed great containment on a few runs and really had himself a solid season save for the injuries.
- Corey Webster – It was a solid performance for Webster, and would have been a full "positive" if not for giving up a few mid-range passes early on when he bit on some fakes.
- Kevin Gilbride – We were tempted to give Gilbride some major kudos, but he took his foot off the gas in the second half. It didn't hurt the Giants this time, but we've seen other instances where it has.
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