How Can the New York Giants Make the Playoffs? By Winning and Praying

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Dec 24, 2012 10:24 AM EST
Eli Manning on Sidelines
Manning looks at charts on the sideline near the end of a loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of their NFL football game in Baltimore, Maryland
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The New York Giants' season could come to an abrupt end in Week 17, but it doesn't mean they can't make the playoffs. Here's what has to happen in order for the Giants to make the postseason.

Firstly, they have to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. That is a must. At 8-7, a loss would dip them to .500 and 8-8 won't even get you in the AFC playoffs. 

What else has to go right? 
This is where some praying, regardless of faith, is necessary. Check out this equation that will allow the Giants to enter the playoffs after a win.

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The Dallas CowboysChicago Bears AND Minnesota Vikings have to lose in Week 17 to make room for the Giants in the playoffs. 

This means, Giants fans, you will be rooting for the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers next week. If these teams win, then the playoff gates will be wide open for the Giants. 

This could have all been avoided had the Giants won a few more games down the stretch. Lawrence Tynes' missed field goals in Week 3 against the Eagles and Redskins, which led to a 16-17 loss look bigger than ever.

Not that it's Tynes' fault for the Giants' woes since the defense has been at blame for a lot of the seasons' struggles, not to mention that the offensive line can't buy Eli Manning five seconds to get a pass off.

The odds are against the Giants. Tune in next week to witness the madness that is soon to take place inext Sunday.  

 

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