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updated: 12/30/2012 3:35 PM

Eli throws 5 TDs, but Giants miss playoffs

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Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning threw a career-high five touchdown passes and the New York Giants won 42-7 over Philadelphia on Sunday in what might have been Andy Reid's final game as the Eagles' coach.

The Giants (9-7) needed to beat the Eagles (4-12), have Chicago and Minnesota lose and have Dallas either lose or tie against Washington to advance to the postseason. The Bears dashed those hopes with an early Sunday win over Detroit.

The defending Super Bowl champions did their part against Michael Vick and their NFC East rivals. The Giants put themselves in a tough spot to reach the playoffs, losing five of seven prior to Sunday, including two games by a combined 67-14 margin to playoff-bound Atlanta and Baltimore.

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