The NFL season comes to a close Sunday and several meaningful games have big implications for the playoffs and even the Draft in April. Some former Virginia Tech Hokies are going to be suiting up for the final time this season, but one has an opportunity to do something that would have major implications on the postseason and send their division rival into wild-card weekend on a sour note.
The New York Giants will host the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium and former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be under center for the final time this season. He can end the season by knocking the Eagles out of contention for the NFC East Division title with a victory and force them to spend the playoffs on the road and make it difficult to get back to the Super Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys are tied with the Eagles and a win over the Washington Commanders on the road locks up the division, but a loss opens the door for the Eagles.
This will be the second game in two weeks between the Giants and Eagles as they met on Christmas Day in Philadelphia and Taylor came on in the second half in relief of Tommy DeVito and nearly led a stunning comeback win. He was 7-for-16 in the final 30 minutes for 133 yards and a 69-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slay in the fourth quarter. Taylor drove New York down to the Philly 26, but the game ended with an interception in the end zone.
Philadelphia was in control of the NFC for home-field advantage in the playoffs, but they have lost four out of five games and now need a win and a Cowboys loss to get one or two games at home. Getting to the Super Bowl is very hard, but needing to win three games on the road to get there is extremely difficult. Taylor and the Giants have a chance to beat the Eagles, who are coming off a stunning 35-31 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and continue their downward spiral heading into the postseason. It would certainly be a good way to end the season for Taylor making life more miserable for a division rival than it certainly already is. With the way the Eagles have responded to four of the last five losses, the Giants could completely break them before the postseason begins.