A few short weeks ago, the New York Giants not only controlled their own playoff destiny, but had the opportunity to all but wrap-up the NFC East with a victory over the Washington Redskins. A combined 1-3 record later and not only have they been eliminated from NFC East contention, but face very long odds to even make the playoffs.
Following another dominant Seattle Seahawks win on Sunday, the Giants now have only one avenue to the playoffs … and they have the Dallas Cowboys to thank for that opportunity. Had Dallas defeated the New Orleans Saints in week 16, Big Blue would have been eliminated, but instead, their loss offers the Giants a glimmer of hope.
In order for their title defense to continue, the Giants now have to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and have the Detroit Lions upset the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers to beat the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins to win the NFC East by defeating or tying the Cowboys.
Then, and only then, would the Giants find themselves in the playoffs as a #6 seed.
In this scenario, the Giants would then travel to either Seattle or San Francisco to take on either the Seahawks or 49ers depending on the outcome of their respective games.
Yes, it's a long-shot, but it is possible.
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