If this is the end of the Andy Reid era in Philly, it isn’t ending with a stirring performance by the Eagles.
They trail the Giants 35-7 at halftime in the Meadowlands, a score that means the Giants are doing everything they need to do to keep their playoff chances alive. It might not be enough as they need the Bears (winning against the Lions), Vikings and Cowboys to lose, but they’re doing a good job of fulfilling Tom Coughlin’s wish that they play with dignity after two humiliating blowouts.
Eli Manning is 11-of-16 for 196 yards and four touchdowns, Ahmad Bradshaw has run for 67 yards on seven carries and the defense shut down the Eagles until the score was already 21-0 in favor of Big Blue. It’s the kind of performance that the Giants were hoping to get in each of their last two losses, which might make it sting all the more if they wind up cruising to an easy win that proves to be meaningless to anyone but the bookmakers.
Michael Vick is 13-of-24 for 142 yards with a touchdown and an interception. That pick came on the first Eagles drive after they recovered an onside kick to open the game and, in hindsight, it looks like the last moment that this was a competitive contest.