When it rains, it pours. On one end, this game's result hardly mattered in the scheme of things for the Philadelphia Eagles. At 4-11, a win merely would prove a false positive and do nothing but drop their draft slot. It has been long since assumed that Andy Reid would be relieved of his duties after failing to put the Eagles "in the right position to make plays", to borrow a common phrase from his post-game press conferences. Still, the longtime face of the Eagles franchise faced a common enemy since taking the reigns in 1999, the New York Giants.
For the Giants, this game is just as bitter as it represents a prototypical December performance. Eli Manning set career high with five touchdown passes, with four of those in the first quarter alone. We'll dig more into why it's so disappointing shortly, but after an incredible team effort and a complete 42-7 win, the Giants will still be watching the NFL Playoffs from the comfort of their own home. Rookie rusher David Wilson had his best game of his young career, but another player stole the show. The Giants have plenty of reason to feel good going into 2013.
Before we get to what was learned as a result of today's contest, like to commend the NFL and New York Giants for their incredibly classy gesture in hosting the families of the Newtown, CT tragedy at today's game. While a football game is exactly that, a game, in the holiday spirit I found it a great way for the NFL to reach out and attempt to brighten a surely dark time in the respective families' lives. With that said, let's get to it.