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NFL Playoff Scenarios for the Giants: Big Blue's Destiny in Their Own Hands

giants_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY GINA G. SCALA
COMMENTARY

I bleed blue and red for my Giants; always have and I always will. On Sunday, the blue was for how I felt after their hideous turnout against Atlanta. And red was for the litany of words I strung together that was more colorful than supportive.

But that’s in the past. In this season of miracles, I am hopeful and clinging to the belief we will make the playoffs. The good news is the Giants control their own playoff destiny. The bad news, I am afraid, is that the road to a playoff berth won’t be easy.

Three weeks ago, Big Blue was running away with the NFC title. Heading into week 15, the Super Bowl champs are tied with rival Dallas Cowboys and the trash-talking Washington Redskins with an overall 8-6 record; their division record is only 2-3; and they face Baltimore on the road. In the final week, they will take on the floundering Philadelphia Eagles. And to my chagrin, either the Giants play down to the Birds or the Eagles only show up for the Giants; either way it will be a fight to the bitter end.

There are a few different ways the Giants can claim a playoff berth this week. And all of them involve them beating the Ravens. Scenario one has the Giants beating the Ravens; the Redskins losing or tying the Eagles; and the Cowboys, Vikings and Bears losing. Or, according to NFL.com, Big Blue wins; the Redskins, Vikings and Bears lose and the Saints tie the Cowboys.

The mot straight forward way for the Giants to extend their season and defend their championship is to win their final two games.

“In is in,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “Whether you are division champs or wild card, it doesn’t make a difference.”

Good point, Eli. The Giants were able to backdoor it into the playoffs on their way to unseating the undefeated New England Patriots four years ago.

As a lifelong fan, though, I also agree with defensive tackle Chris Canty.

“There needs to be a sense of urgency with our football team,” Canty told the Star Ledger of Newark. “A 34-0 loss, when you have everything to play for, that’s a reality check.”

 
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