AT FIRST GLANCE**
With a late turnover spoiling a big day for the passing game, the New York Giants lost their first regular-season finale since 2009, falling 34-26 at home to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants finish their 2014 season with a 6-10 record and missed the postseason for the third straight year.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
After being shut out in their first meeting with the Eagles in Week 6, the Giants scored on the opening drive of Sunday's finale with a one-yard touchdown run by Andre Williams that was set up by a 43-yard jump ball brought down by Rueben Randle. It was the beginning of a benchmark day for the third-year wide receiver, who had a career-high 158 yards on six receptions.
Meanwhile, rookie Odell Beckham Jr. was Odell Beckham Jr., catching 12 passes for 185 yards and tying Michael Irvin's NFL record of nine consecutive games with at least 90 receiving yards, which the Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver set in 1995. Eli Manning, while surpassing 4,000 yards for the fourth time in his career, broke personal highs this season in completions and passing attempts. But those numbers came at the expense of an unbalanced attack on Sunday as the Giants rushed for just 76 yards on 25 carries. Manning threw 53 passes, the last of which was an interception that ended any chance of a fourth-quarter comeback.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Against the No. 3 team in scoring and No. 5 in yards, the Giants allowed big plays of at least 20 yards to four different Eagles players, including a 44-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews. The Giants managed to add four more sacks on Sunday (two from defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was a game captain for the finale) but gave up 426 yards, 164 of which were on the ground.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS
The Eagles scored their 11th non-offensive touchdown of the season on Sunday when James Casey blocked a Steve Weatherford punt, which Trey Burton returned 27 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Meanwhile, placekicker Josh Brown made all four of his field goal attempts to keep the Giants alive, including a long of 53 yards late in the third quarter.
Giants: CB Jayron Hosley, LB Devon Kennard, OL Adam Gettis, OL Eric Herman, DT Dominique Hamilton, WR Corey Washington, and TE Jerome Cunningham.
Eagles: QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin III, CB Bradley Fletcher, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl, and DE Taylor Hart.
Giants: Spencer Paysinger for Kennard at SLB. Eagles: Nolan Carroll for Fletcher at CB.
Safeties Nat Berhe (knee) and Stevie Brown (foot sprain) both left in the first quarter and did not return. Tight end Larry Donnell left later in the second half with an ankle injury.