After leading Giants to title, defense a no-show

Updated: December 27, 2012, 5:55 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year after carrying the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in five seasons, New York's defense is one of the major reasons the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs.

Heading into the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants' defense is ranked No. 30 in the NFL. Only Jacksonville and New Orleans are worse.

The pass rush that hounded and battered opposing quarterbacks last season seems a distant memory. The run defense ...

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