Giants end reign with a win
The New York Giants failed to make the play-offs despite a comprehensive 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the final week of the regular season.
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Quarterback Eli Manning threw a career-high five touchdown passes for the Giants, who needed other results to go in their favour if they were to have any hope of claiming a wildcard berth.
However, Chicago's 26-24 triumph over Detroit eliminated the reigning Super Bowl champions, meaning for the seventh straight year the holders of the Vince Lombardi trophy have failed to win a play-off game the following season.
The Giants at least did their bit in the Big Apple, torching the poor Eagles; they led 35-7 by the end of a one-sided first half.
Manning hit Rueben Randle for three and 38-yard scores in the first quarter before also connecting with running back David Wilson on a 15-yard touchdown.
The Eagles briefly threatened to mount a fightback when Michael Vick, starting for the first time since early November, found Jeremy Maclin in the end zone.
However that score just appeared to anger the Giants, tail-back Ahmad Bradshaw rumbling in from a yard out to make it 28-7.
Victor Cruz then reeled in a 24-yard pass from Manning - who went 13 for 21 for 208 yards before making way for back-up David Carr late on - with just four seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The only score in the second half came from an unlikely source, full-back Henry Hynoski catching a one-yard strike before celebrating in exuberant fashion in the corner of the end zone.
The Giants finish the campaign with a 9-7 record but paid the price for five defeats in their past seven outings before week 17. The Eagles, meanwhile, wind up at 4-12, with all eyes now on ownership to see if they keep hold of long-time head coach Andy Reid.