Eagles vs. Giants: Final Player Grades for New York

Steven Goldstein@@GoldsteinNUContributor IDecember 30, 2012

Eagles vs. Giants: Final Player Grades for New York

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    We're final at MetLife Stadium, where the New York Giants topped the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7 in the final week of the NFL regular season. Quarterback Eli Manning tossed a career-best five touchdowns, two to rookie wideout Rueben Randle, and Big Blue held the Eagles to just 317 total yards. 

    With the win, the Giants finish 9-7 for the second consecutive year. Unlike 2011, however, the G-Men will not be making a trip to the playoffs, as Chicago's 26-24 edge over Detroit knocks New York out of wild card contention.

    Still, the defending champs finish on a high note. Check out full analysis and report card grades for key Giants.


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    Eli Manning: A+

    After a disappointing second half of 2012, Manning finished the season with a career-best five touchdown strikes. Eli was efficient in mid-level passing and spread the offense all afternoon, tallying a 134.5 quarterback rating and topping 200 total yards on just 21 attempts.

    Manning ends the season with a rapport with rookie wideout Rueben Randle. Eli didn't turn the ball over and didn't force things in the vertical game. You can't ask for much more here.

Running Backs

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    Henry Hynoski: A+

    The "Hynocerous" did it all Sunday, springing tailback Ahmad Bradshaw for first down runs of 17 and 11 yards. Hynoski also recorded his first career touchdown, a 1-yard connection on an Eli Manning rollout. Sporting an appropriate end-zone celebration, Hynoski caps a successful second season in the Big Blue backfield.

    Ahmad Bradshaw: A+

    Bradshaw bowled over the Eagles' front seven Sunday, shedding tackles on A/B hole runs. Bradshaw finished with a touchdown in the second quarter and put up 107 yards on just 16 carries, a healthy 6.7 yards-per-touch average.

    Bradshaw also passed the seasonal 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career.

    David Wilson: A+

    Like Bradshaw, rookie running back David Wilson had a monster day. Taking 15 carries for 75 yards, the speedster earned his first career receiving touchdown in the second quarter.

    Wilson worked the wheel route throughout the first half and looked fast on the edge.  

Wide Receivers

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    Rueben Randle: A+

    Randle hauled in the game's first two touchdowns, out-leaping former Pro Bowler Nnamdi Asomuga for a 38-yard score. The rookie displayed impressive size and got open easily, ending the game with a team-best 58 receiving yards.

    Victor Cruz: A

    Cruz did drop a pass in the second quarter, but more than made up for it with a touchdown catch in the final play of the first half. Cruz finishes the season with 10 touchdowns, 86 catches and over 1,000 receiving yards.

    Domenik Hixon: C

    Hixon regressed a bit after a solid outing in Baltimore last week. He caught just two passes for 41 yards, but did set up New York for a two-minute score in the second quarter with a 30-yard catch-and-run. 

Tight Ends

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    Martellus Bennett: C

    Bennett played a minimal role as a receiver, but did spring a few big runs. His physicality turned to hostility late in the fourth quarter, when Bennett engaged in some shoving after Ahmad Bradshaw carried the ball down to Philadelphia's 1-yard line.

Offensive Line

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    Chris Snee: A+

    The Giants stormed the A/B gap all game long, and the Pro Bowl guard did a fantastic job in run blocking.

    David Diehl: A+

    Diehl fared well against Philly's aggressive pass rush, and opened the edge for David Wilson. It was a positive ending to a tumultuous season for the veteran tackle.

    Kevin Boothe: A+

    Like Snee, Boothe was huge in setting up the interior run.

    David Baas: A+

    Baas gave Ahmad Bradshaw some gaping holes up the middle, and kept notable tackles Cullen Jenkins and Fletcher Cox at bay.

    Will Beatty: B

    Beatty failed to shift on Phillip Hunt's sack of Eli Manning, but he did do well as a run blocker. New York's offensive line was dominant all game.

Defensive Line

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    Justin Tuck: A

    Tuck broke through with his fourth sack of 2012, and finished the game with two tackles and two hits on Michael Vick. It was a nice return for the slumping star.

    Linval Joseph: A-

    Joseph ended the first quarter with a stuff in the middle, and ended with five total tackles.

    Jason Pierre-Paul: B

    "JPP" finished the season with just 6.5 sacks, a huge falloff from his 2011 breakout. In this one, Pierre-Paul contained Vick and running back LeSean McCoy on the edge, something the Giants failed to do in their week 4 loss in Philly. Still, the lack of pocket pressure is troubling.

    Marvin Austin: B

    Austin filled in for the injured Chris Canty, and scooped up three tackles.


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    Chase Blackburn: A

    Stuffing the middle, Blackburn lead the Giants with seven tackles. He added a quarterback hit and two pass deflections. Although he lost track of tight end Brent Celek on a 22-yard reception, Blackburn certainly ended the season right.

    Keith Rivers: A-

    Rivers finished with five tackles and played well on the edge.

    Jacquian Williams: B

    Williams and Spencer Paysinger split time replacing outside linebacker Michael Boley. The Giants held LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick to a combined 70 rushing yards. 

Defensive Backs

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    Stevie Brown: A+

    What more can you say about this kid?

    Brown tied a league-high with his eighth interception Sunday, and patrolled center field all afternoon. The Giants shut down the Eagles' vertical game, and Brown added six tackles and two pass deflections. He was without a doubt New York's biggest surprise this season.

    Corey Webster: A

    After a rough 2012, Webster turned in a solid Sunday, shutting down wideout Jeremy Maclin in single coverage.

    Prince Amukamara: A-

    Amukamara spent time on Riley Cooper and Jason Avant, and held the two to a combined seven receptions. While he's still a work in progress, Prince showed some promise Sunday despite missing a tackle on LeSean McCoy in the first quarter.

    Antrel Rolle: A-

    Rolle did a good job in pass defense and finished with six tackles.

    Kenny Phillips: A-

    Returning from a sprained knee, Phillips performed admirably, coming away with four tackles and two pass deflections. Let's see what kind of season Phillips can put together in 2013 if he remains healthy. 

Special Teams

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    Steve Weatherford: A+

    Capping a spectacular 2012, Weatherford booted two punts for an average of 49 yards and pinned the Eagles inside their own 20-yard line both times.

    Lawrence Tynes: A

    Tynes' drilled his kickoffs for a few touchbacks, and was good on all six of his extra point tries.

    David Wilson: B

    Wilson took his only kickoff of the day for 29 yards. Not much you can expect here when the opposing team only scores once and attempts an onside kick to open the game.


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    Overall Game Grade: A+

    Tom Coughlin's team isn't going to the playoffs, and a lot can be said about another signature collapse in the second half of the season. Still, ending on a high-note is huge here.

    Giants fans can take solace in Hynoski's zealous celebration, Manning's statistical explosion, and New York's big win over a bitter division rival. Coughlin's pass-heavy game-plan was executed perfectly, and the Giants stayed focused all afternoon.

    Where 2013 goes is anyone's guess, but you have to be encouraged by what you saw Sunday.