Excerpt: "This is a day for Christmas jeer, a day to assail them as New York Football Midgets for defending their Super Bowl crown with so little pride and fight and toughness, a day to wonder who hijacked Elite Eli, a day to rage at Big Blue for crimes against New York Giants bully defense, more Johnny Carson against the run than Harry Carson, more James Taylor than Lawrence Taylor terrifying the quarterback.
This is a day for Giants fans to bemoan the lump of coal in their stockings, a day to curse Scrooge for making this a Blue Christmas. But when you have witnessed the hoisting of two Lombardi Trophies since February 2008, you are allowed to use this day to cling to the wisdom of Yogi Berra, even if it has gotten late for Eli Manning & Co: It ain’t over ’til it’s over. So this is a day to hope against hope that perhaps when Santa comes to a fork in the road, he will take it, and show up late Sunday night at the Timex Performance Center with a most improbable playoff berth.“The scenario is possible,” Eli Manning said yesterday. “It’s not like a bunch of huge upsets have to happen.”Wishful thinking, for sure. But for Giants and Giants fans, this is a day for one last Christmas wish.
EAGLES at GIANTS (1 p.m.)
Andy Reid’s last game as Eagles head coach. Michael Vick’s last game as an Eagle. What’s to keep Reid from ending his tenure the way he started it, in the first game of his second season on the road against the Cowboys, with an onsides kick that sparked a rout, and render MetLife Stadium horrified? What could have been a coronation could be an official elimination. LeSean McCoy is back, with fresh legs and a clear head. Spoiler alert: This is the Eagles’ Super Bowl.“We’re going to get after it,” Manning said. “The worst feeling you could have is if all of those teams lose and we don’t handle our business and we lose. You never know what can happen, it’s a crazy game, it’s a crazy sport.
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