Sunday saw the NY Giants eliminated from the NFL playoffs for 2013, even after a victory by the team in convincing fashion over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants had the Chicago Bears to thank for the win, as they were battling for a wild card spot. New York saw the Bears get bounced later on by the Vikings though, and coach Lovie Smith fired on Monday. Talk about bad luck going around!
As reported by ESPN.com on Dec. 30, the Giants won in a dominant performance against Philadelphia early on Sunday 42-7 in East Rutherford, NJ. However, a 26-24 victory by the Bears in Detroit kept Chicago's playoff hopes alive and dashed the dreams of the Giants. Even if Chicago had lost, NY would have needed Minnesota to also lose to the Green Bay Packers, which did not happen either.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said of the team's disappointing finish to the season:
"We are certainly disappointed we are not in the playoffs. Our goal was certainly to be there. Our goal was to win the division. We didn't do that either. We won nine games and there is no way anyone can talk us out of that. We do have the nine wins, but it's not good enough."
The NY Giants were the reigning Super Bowl champions, after defeating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this past year. However, they won't be back to represent and defend their title this time around. It makes for the seventh straight time the Super Bowl champion will fail to win a playoff game in the following season.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears also won to keep their own playoff hopes alive. However, with Minnesota defeating Green Bay on a last second field goal in a later game, Chicago saw their season come to a disappointing end. Just a day after the bad news for the Bears, their coach got some of his own, as Lovie Smith was fired from his duty as head coach.
Yesterday's NFL games were featured locally around the nation on FOX and CBS in participating regions. The subscription service, NFL Sunday Ticket, available on DirecTV and other cable or satellite services, also showed yesterday's games on television.