The Philadelphia Eagles had a lot to play for in the regular season final against the New New York Giants on Sunday. They needed a win and a Dallas Cowboys loss to clinch the NFC East Division and the second seed in the NFC Playoffs. Former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the Giants had other ideas.
Taylor had a strong first half and New York raced out to 24-0 halftime on their way to a 27-10 victory to close out the season 6-11 and send Philadelphia into the playoffs losing five of their last six games heading into a wild-card game next weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Florida.
Sunday, Taylor finished 23-for-32 for 297 yards passing, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton in the second quarter. Head coach Brian Daboll put Tommy DeVito into the games in the second half then reinserted him late in the game to try and get him a 300-yard passing game.
This was the second time in three weeks Taylor played against the Eagles as he came on in relief of DeVito two weeks ago in Christmas Day and nearly led them to a big second-half comeback, but fell short on the game's final drive. That is Philadelphia's only win in their last six weeks.
Taylor had an up-and-down season for the Giants this season after coming on after Daniel Jones was knocked out with a season-ending injury. After struggling against the Buffalo Bills in October, Daboll brought in some quarterbacks for a try out, but didn't sign them, instead sticking with Taylor. He would be injured and that opened the door for DeVito, but his magic run lasted only so long before Taylor was inserted in the second half on Christmas Day. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the former Hokie.