The New York Giants find themselves with an opportunity many teams wish they had…the chance to control their own playoff fate. Unlike previous years, the Giants don't have to rely on other teams to lose, though it certainly wouldn't hurt, to advance to the postseason.
For the Giants it's simple: win the next three games and the division is theirs for a second straight season, along with a ticket for a chance to repeat as champions. After a week in which every team in the NFC East won, the G-Men maintain a one-game lead at 8-5, over the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, who share a 7-6 record.
As the players would tell you, controlling your own destiny is an envious position to be in. No watching other teams, just win and you're in. Of course, there are other scenarios where the Giants could make the playoffs via the wildcard, but for the team, there is only one scenario…just win out.
"It's a much better feeling this way," defensive tackle Chris Canty said. "We don't have to look over our shoulders and worry about anyone else. We have a three-game season left and if we win those three games, then we can control things."
"We'll take it one game at a time, but I like being in this position much better."
However, no one said the road to sealing the division would be an easy one. The remaining schedule includes two of the NFL's top teams in the Atlanta Falcons (11-2), Baltimore Ravens (9-4), and division rival Philadelphia Eagles who will look to spoil the Giants' season.
“We have to take care of our own business,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’ve determined our own future and we do know what’s at stake. After yesterday, nothing has changed in terms of the divisional standings. We understand everything. We have to keep concentrating at a higher level and hopefully we can build from the win yesterday. The facts are the facts.”
The Giants continue to take the season one game at a time. Right now, the concentration is set on the Atlanta Falcons, who currently sit atop the NFC.
“We’re prepping to play a very good Atlanta team that has only lost two times,” Coughlin said.
Atlanta will seek revenge on a Giants team who beat them in the first round last year, eliminating them from the playoffs. Both the Redskins and the Cowboys hold a better divisional record than the Giants (2-3), which would give them the edge in the event of a tie, making each game a crucial one.
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