1:00 PM ET, December 30, 2012
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
The New York Giants' chances for the NFC East title have slipped away, and now they will need plenty of help just to reach the playoffs.
The Giants have lost five straight home meetings with the Eagles and eight of nine overall in this series heading into Sunday's finale.
New York (8-7) led the East most of the season, getting off to a 6-2 start that seemed to indicate the defending Super Bowl champions were once again contenders.
The Giants, however, have since dropped five of seven, including consecutive losses by a margin of 67-14. Last week's 33-14 defeat in Baltimore eliminated them from winning the division.
Now New York must beat Philadelphia (4-11) and hope Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas all lose in order to gain the No. 6 seed as a wild card.
"Obviously, the scenarios are very possible," quarterback Eli Manning said. "It's not like a bunch of huge upsets have to happen. These are three divisional games being played and in the division, you never know what might occur."
This series has decidedly been in favor of Philadelphia since former New York receiver Plaxico Burress shot himself Nov. 28, 2008. The Giants had won six of eight over the Eagles including playoffs prior to that incident before losing eight of the next nine, suffering a 19-17 defeat Sept. 30.
That win over New York improved Philadelphia to 3-1 but an eight-game losing streak followed. The 11 defeats equal the most under Reid since his first team went 5-11 in 1999.
Reid's third losing season in 14 campaigns with the Eagles appears to be his last. The notoriously tough Philadelphia fans chanted his name after Sunday's 27-20 home loss to Washington.
The NFL's longest-tenured coach insists he is focusing on playing the Giants rather than his situation.
"You don't think of those things," Reid said. "Your mind never goes there. It's one day at a time and that's how you go about it. You really don't look into the future."
Reid had originally named Nick Foles his starter for the rest of the season, but Foles broke his throwing hand against the Redskins. That opens the door for Vick, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion during a loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11 but has been cleared to return.
Vick is 3-1 as a starter against the Giants since joining Philadelphia, and it's widely expected this will be his last season with the Eagles.
"I'm fully confident in myself and the guys around me," Vick said. "We'll have to go out there and put it all together for the last game and get a win for Andy."
In Vick's first six starts this season, the only one in which he did not commit a turnover was the victory over the Giants. He helped guide the Eagles to a go-ahead field goal with 1:49 left before New York's Lawrence Tynes missed a 54-yard attempt as time expired.
Manning was 24 of 42 for 309 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in that contest.
Such efforts from Manning have been lacking recently. His meaningless touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter last Sunday helped him avoid a fifth game in eight without one.
It hasn't helped the two-time Super Bowl MVP that Hakeem Nicks continues to deal with a knee injury. Nicks was held without a catch last week for the first time in his career.
Phillips has missed the last three games.
New York may not have enjoyed recent home success against Philadelphia, but it is looking forward to improving on its 5-2 mark at MetLife Stadium after the blowout road losses to Atlanta and Baltimore.
"Our fans are here," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're excited to play in front of our fans and I hope that engenders the same kind of result this Sunday."
New York will be challenged to stop LeSean McCoy, who returned against the Redskins with 122 total yards after missing four games with a concussion. McCoy has three straight and four career 100-yard rushing efforts against the Giants, including 123 in the first matchup.
Slowing McCoy may be even more difficult without defensive tackle Chris Canty (knee), who's listed as doubtful.
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• Where is Giants' pass rush? New York's defensive line has vastly underperformed this year, but it still has a massive advantage over the Eagles' ravaged offensive line when Philadelphia chooses to pass. Nick Foles was sacked five times last week against the Redskins, but the Giants didn't get to Baltimore's Joe Flacco once in Week 16. But it will be Michael Vick behind center for the Eagles this week, as Foles injured his hand. Vick is obviously a tremendous athlete with rare elusiveness, but he also holds the ball a very long time and his blockers have a time knowing where he is behind them.
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New York Giants
|Avg Points Allowed||27.8||21.5|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
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|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||PHI|
|Rush Yds Allowed||PHI|
Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Philadelphia leads 17-9|
|Sep 30, 2012||PHI 19, NYG 17|
|Nov 20, 2011||PHI 17, @NYG 10|
|Sep 25, 2011||PHI 16, NYG 29|
|Dec 19, 2010||PHI 38, @NYG 31|
|Nov 21, 2010||PHI 27, NYG 17|
|Dec 13, 2009||PHI 45, @NYG 38|
|Nov 1, 2009||PHI 40, NYG 17|
|Jan 11, 2009||PHI 23, @NYG 11|
|Dec 7, 2008||PHI 20, @NYG 14|
|Nov 9, 2008||PHI 31, NYG 36|
|Dec 9, 2007||PHI 13, NYG 16|
|Sep 30, 2007||PHI 3, @NYG 16|
|Jan 7, 2007||PHI 23, NYG 20|
|Dec 17, 2006||PHI 36, @NYG 22|
|Sep 17, 2006||PHI 24, NYG 30|
|Dec 11, 2005||PHI 23, NYG 26|
|Nov 20, 2005||PHI 17, @NYG 27|
|Nov 28, 2004||PHI 27, @NYG 6|
|Sep 12, 2004||PHI 31, NYG 17|
|Nov 16, 2003||PHI 28, NYG 10|
|Oct 19, 2003||PHI 14, @NYG 10|
|Dec 28, 2002||PHI 7, @NYG 10|
|Oct 28, 2002||PHI 17, NYG 3|
|Dec 30, 2001||PHI 24, NYG 21|
|Oct 22, 2001||PHI 10, @NYG 9|
The Giants are 8-0 this season when they score at least 21 points, and 0-7 when they score 20 points or fewer.
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