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1. GIANTS MISS PLAYOFFS FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT YEAR


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Since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants have not been back to the postseason, a drought that has now stretched to four seasons. Washington made sure of that last Saturday night by defeating Philadelphia to clinch the NFC East title, thus eliminating Big Blue before it lost 49-17 at Minnesota. The Giants wrap up the 2015 campaign by hosting the Eagles, who won the first leg of the season series, 27-7, in Week 6. The winner will finish in second place in the division.

"It's tough every year and I look at it one year at a time, so it's tough," quarterback Eli Manning said. "I thought we would have an opportunity this year and the way the season was ending up at the halfway point, we had a great opportunity and even the last couple of weeks, haven't done enough to make the playoffs and we just couldn't win some close games and we had a lot of them. We had great opportunities to win games and be right in the mix and we didn't take advantage of it.

"So it's disappointing and it's tough because I felt good about this season and the second year in this offense [under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo] and some of the guys we had and the playmakers and just didn't work out for us. We didn't make some critical plays in critical moments of the game this season."

2. PLAYING FOR GIANTS PRIDE

Unfortunately for the Giants, they once again enter a finale that has no playoff implications. But while they are disappointed in the season, the team is still out to end on a high note in front of the home crowd at MetLife Stadium.

"The only factor that is involved right now is we have one game left and we have to prepare ourselves to play a Philadelphia team in the division that they know us very well, we know them very well," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We did not play well against them the first time around, and we need to play much better at home for our home fans in this return visit."

Added Manning: "You still understand that you have a job to do, and you care about your teammates and your craft, your ownership, and the fans and your coaches, and you want to play well for all of those people and still try to go out there and win. It's still fun to win, it's still fun to play well, it's still exciting to be out there on the field, and you never want to take that for granted. If you're going to be out there, you want to go out there and play well and enjoy the experience."

3. ODELL RETURNS FROM SUSPENSION

After scoring 30-plus points in their previous two games, the offense managed just 17 last week without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was serving a one-game NFL suspension.

Beckham, who has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, returns to the field this week. Meanwhile, Manning made no excuses for the unit's performance against a stingy Minnesota defense. 

"Just didn't make any plays offensively," Manning said. "We ran the ball pretty well, just it was tough to find a completion. They got some pressure early, had turnovers, they made plays, I made bad throws, made bad decisions, and I wasn't on my game. But I don't think it was a matter of Odell or not, we had other guys that could make plays. I didn't do a good job getting them the ball."

4. ELI CHASES Y.A.

After already passing the likes of Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana, Manning last week broke a tie with Warren Moon and moved into sole possession of eighth place on the NFL's all-time passing touchdowns list with 292. A career-high 33 of those have come this season, and Manning is three away from tying Y.A. Tittle's single-season record for a Giants quarterback. The Hall of Famer threw 36 in 1963.

During his weekly spot on WFAN, Manning was asked if he feels like this is his best season as a pro, to which he responded: "I feel like I've been playing at a high level. As an offense, we've been scoring a lot of points and been effective, have done a lot of good things. I feel like going into games, I feel like we can score, we have a great game plan and a good system where we can go out there and kind of score versus anybody.

"I feel like in a lot of games we definitely did more good than we did bad and hung right in there in the fourth quarter and made big-time plays in crucial situations to get close to winning. We just didn't make that final play in some instances or just couldn't hold onto wins as a team. And so I feel like I've been playing at a high level but could have played better in certain situations to get more wins."

5. TALE OF THE TAPE

**GIANTS** **AVERAGE** **EAGLES**
26.0 (6th) **Points For** 22.8 (t-16th)
27.1 (30th) **Points Against** 26.7 (28th)
363.6 (12th) **Net Yards** 359.7 (15th)
270.2 (6th) **Passing** 251.5 (14th)
93.4 (26th) **Rushing** 108.2 (15th)
419.3 (32nd) **Net Yards Allowed** 394.9 (30th)
297.9 (32nd) **Passing Defense** 265.3 (26th)
121.5 (25th) **Rushing Defense** 129.7 (29th)
22 (30th) **Sacks** 35 (t-15th)
25 (t-4th) **Sacks Allowed** 36 (t-17th)
26 (t-5th) **Takeaways** 25 (t-9th)
+6 (7th) **Turnover Differential** -4 (t-21th)

6. EAGLES RELEASE HEAD COACH CHIP KELLY

In advance of their season finale against the Giants, the Eagles announced Tuesday that head coach Chip Kelly had been relieved of his duties by owner Jeffrey Lurie.

"We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward," Lurie said in a statement.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12, will serve as Philadelphia's interim head coach for Sunday's game. Ed Marynowitz, vice president of player personnel, was also released.

Kelly went 26-21 in three regular seasons with the Eagles, winning 10 games in each of his first two years before going 6-9 in 2015. In Kelly's first year, the Eagles won the NFC East title but fell to the Saints in the first round of the playoffs. It was his only postseason appearance.

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