EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the New York Giants, playing the Eagles is a long-shot last chance at making the playoffs.
The Giants (8-7) will try to finish what has turned into a frustrating season on a good note Sunday when they face the 4-11 Eagles. Having blown a 6-2 start and two-game, late-November lead in the NFC East, the defending Super Bowl champions need to beat the Eagles, have Minnesota and Chicago lose, and have the Redskins either beat or tie Dallas just to get a wild-card berth.
It's not likely, especially after being torched the last two weeks by Atlanta and Baltimore by a combined 67-14.
"The last two weeks have been pretty embarrassing," said Lawrence Tynes, who kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl twice in the last five seasons. "There is no other word to say when you go out and play like we have."
Turning things around against the Eagles is not going to be easy. The Eagles have won seven of the last eight against the Giants, including a 19-17 win in late September, just before the Eagles fell apart.
But the Giants want to end the season on a high note, especially after losing five of seven in the second half of the season.
"We're not defeated," safety Antrel Rolle said. "We still have one game to go in the season, and we know no matter what the outcome will be after that game, we're going to go out there and fight extremely hard."
Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka still believes.
"At the end of the season we'll reflect and see where things went wrong," he said. "But for right now, it's about getting a win and doing what we have to do so if things happen to fall how we want them, we're still in a position to get to the playoffs."