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Giants vs. Eagles: 8 things to watch for


  1. The offense keeps rolling.**


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The Giants put up a season-high 514 yards last week against a St. Louis defense that hadn't allowed a touchdown in its previous three games. Now Big Blue enters its season finale against Philadelphia on a three-game winning streak during which it has averaged 32.3 points and outscored opponents by 16.7 points per game.

2. Eli closes out a career year, statistically.

The wins haven't always come this season, but quarterback Eli Manning, under the guidance of first-year offensive coordinator and play-caller Ben McAdoo, is 19 yards away from his fourth 4,000-yard season and two touchdown passes away from tying his career high of 31, which he set in 2010. Meanwhile, if he keeps pace, his 64.1 completion percentage and 93.5 passer ratings would be personal bests for a season.

3. Giants Injury Report/Game Statuses.

Out: LB Devon Kennard (toe). Questionable: RB Andre Williams (shoulder). Probable: LB Jameel McClain (knee), RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), and LB Paul Hazel (hamstring).

4. Eagles Injury Report/Game Statuses.

Out: QB Nick Foles (collarbone). Questionable: CB Bradley Fletcher (hip). Probable: DT Beau Allen (shoulder), DE Brandon Bair (knee), TE Trey Burton, LB Trent Cole (hand), LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle), S Chris Maragos (hamstring), and WR Jordan Matthews (knee).                                  

5. Five finales in a row.

In addition to their current winning streak, the Giants are trying to finish their regular-season with a victory for the fifth year in a row. The last time they were unable to do so was a loss in Minnesota to close the 2009 season.

6. Giants vs. Eagles, Part II.

Sunday is the 160th regular-season meeting between the two franchises, with the Giants leading 82-75-2. As far as 2014 is concerned, the Eagles shut out Big Blue, 27-0, in Week 6 when the Giants lost Victor Cruz for the season with a knee injury and began a seven-game losing streak.

"The way we played the first time around over there, there's not one guy who's still in that locker room that was over there that doesn't remember that feeling," coach Tom Coughlin said in his weekly interview with's Michael Eisen. "And that was not a good feeling, so there's an awful lot to play for here."

7. Contributions from rookies and second-year players.

From Kerry Wynn notching a sack, interception and fumble recovery last week to Andre Williams rushing for 100 yards and Nat Berhe making plays on special teams, the 2014 class has given indication of a bright future for the Giants. Meanwhile, second-year pros like offensive tackle Justin Pugh, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and defensive end Damontre Moore are also playing major roles.

8. 90th season comes to a close.

From Michael Strahan's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to the winning streaks, the droughts, and the emergence of players like Odell Beckham Jr., the storied franchise's 90th season comes to an end on Sunday. "Every win is critical," Coughlin said. "Every game is critical. You're constantly trying to challenge your people to play better, to be better, improve themselves, improve your team and that's the theme that's been in existence for the entire year."

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