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Tuck: Playoffs begin Sunday vs. Green Bay

Ohm Youngmusik of ESPN New York reports that, like the rest of the NFL, the Giants have five games left in the 2011 season-but defensive end Justin Tuck says the playoffs start for the Giants in Week 13.

Starting with a showdown with the undefeated Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Giants likely have to win at least four of their last five games to finish the season with a realistic shot at the playoffs and winning the NFC East. “We’ll keep fighting,” Tuck said in his weekly interview with WFAN radio. “There are some issues we have to get fixed. This is a playoff, the playoffs have started for us. We haven’t given us any margin for error.”

“I understand that this is a season where things haven’t gone our way in the last couple of weeks,” Tuck added. “One game could be the difference maker in a season. Hopefully we can go out and shock the world. If that happens we are right back where we want to be.”

The Giants stagger into Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers having lost three straight and suffering the embarrassment of a 49-24 rout against the Saints before a national television audience. The team and head coach Tom Coughlin realize they are in danger of embarrassing themselves in front of their home fans if the level of play does not drastically improve this week. “We played badly,” Tuck added. “Hopefully for us we use that as motivation and that we are not going to come out here and embarrass ourselves out here again and what better week to do that than against the Super Bowl champion Packers.”

Tuck admitted that it is almost impossible not to think of the team’s previous late-season meltdowns but Coughlin is trying to pump up the team by showing the positive plays from this season’s six victories.

A loss to the defending Super Bowl champions would continue the Giants’ downward spiral. But, there would still be hope of making the playoffs since the Giants have two games against Dallas and another divisional game at home against Washington remaining. The NFC East could still be in grasp and then there’s also a crucial meeting with the Jets on Christmas Eve when both teams could very well be fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences.

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4 Responses to “Tuck: Playoffs begin Sunday vs. Green Bay”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    Stop talking and start playing. These Giants talk too much like the Jets do.

    It truns me off, teams that talk a lot seem to lose a lot too. Winners don’t talk they just win.

  2. John says:

    GIANTS must blitz, blitz, blitz! They must do some rushing too!

  3. PC says:

    Let Eli call the plays or just play no huddle what do we have to lose Killdrive sucks anyway!

    defense should blitz a lot and get fired up. Man up and cover every player on the field. wipe the pathetic looks off their faces when they give up a TD and KEEP FIGHTING. LIKE JPP!!!

  4. Chris says:

    Tuck must be tired of saying the same thing over and over again – for the last THREE years! They will lose Sunday and then again to Dallas. After that, they have nothing to play for (except pride – yeah, right). Thank God this will finally eliminate Coughlin. Not so much for him as much as it will be the end of Killdrive, Quinn, and our rotten trainers. Gruden!!!

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