Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Easy as 1-2, 3 (and 0)

Giants and Cowboys have stumbled down the stretch recently.

Easy as 1-2, 3 (and 0)

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The Eagles' chances of winning the NFC East are predicated on them winning their last three games and both the Giants and Cowboys going 1-2 (or worse).

It turns out that since 2001, the Giants and Cowboys have finished the same season 1-2 in their last three games five times (2001, '04, '06, '07, 08).

The other part of the equation (Eagles going 3-0) might turn out to be the harder one to meet, since they have finished with three wins only twice (2006, '07) in 10 seasons. And two of their last three games are at home, where they have won just once in their last nine games (including playoffs).

  EAGLES GIANTS COWBOYS
     First 13    Last 3    First 13    Last 3    First 13    Last 3
2001     9-4 2-1 6-7 1-2 4-9 1-2
2002 10-3 2-1 7-6 3-0 5-8 0-3
2003 10-3 2-1 4-11 0-3 8-5 2-1
2004 12-1 1-2 5-8 1-2 5-8 1-2
2005 5-8 1-2 9-4 2-1 8-5 1-2
2006 7-6 3-0 7-6 1-2 8-5 1-2
2007 5-8 3-0 9-5 1-2 12-1 1-2
2008 7-5-1 2-1 11-2 1-2 8-5 1-2
2009 9-4 2-1 7-6 1-2 8-5 3-0
2010 9-4 1-2 9-4 1-2 4-9 2-1
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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