Do the Giants deserve to make the playoffs this year? If you asked me when they were 0-6, hell no. The offseason appeared to be completely wasted, free agent signings were total busts, and injuries and other circumstances preventing players from getting on the field decimated any hope for the Giants to field a decent team this year.
But after Will Hill served his suspension, after the acquisition of Jon Beason, John “The Terminator” Conner, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs, and the re-emergence of Andre Brown from short term IR… we’re dealing with a team that has gone 5-6 and has looked better and better every week. Are they 100% back to dominating form? Hardly… but the competitive edge is there and the Giants are playing their best football at the end of the season, which is what you want if you’re in the playoff hunt. To that end, here is the only playoff scenario that matters it you’re a Giants fan.
THE GIANTS MUST WIN OUT AND FINISH 9-7
The Giants must beat San Diego, Seattle, Detroit, and Washington. IF they win this week, the playoff picture will crystalize a bit more and the Seattle Game will basically be the biggest Superbowl-type matchup in Metlife Stadium the Giants will be party to this season… and I have a feeling that will be a great game regardless of everything else that happens. So winning out is a must.
And the other key thing that needs to happen is:
THE EAGLES FINISH 9-7 and DALLAS FINISHES 8-8 with Dallas beating Philly in the finale
Pretty much not going to happen. But in the case the Giants have controlled their own destiny, and will finish ahead of Philadelphia on common opponents. If that does not happen, and it’s not likely to happen the way Dallas and Philly have been playing of late, the scenarios are ridiculous. The Giants would need help from San Francisco, Arizona, Chicago, and Green Bay.
So really — the only scenario that matters for the Giants right now is to take one game at a time, and just win baby.