Giants control their destiny

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants reacts to a call in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Sunday night's game between the Giants and the Packers can stand on its own significance. Two division-leading teams, the past two Super Bowl winners, meeting in a rematch of the playoffs from a season ago. But Thursday's results have lent the game added consequence, at least for the Giants.

The Redskins' 38-28 win over the Cowboys left those two teams with 5-6 records, 11/2 games behind the Giants in the NFC East. It also essentially made the division a three-team race going into the final month, with the Giants' next opponent after the Packers being the hottest quarterback and team of the trio: Robert Griffin III and the Redskins.

"We're well aware of what happened [Thursday]," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday. "Quite frankly, it doesn't make it any easier."

A Giants win over the Packers would give them a two-game lead over the Redskins and Cowboys with five games remaining. A loss, though, would set the stage for the Redskins to overtake first place with a win over the Giants Dec. 3 because of a better division record. None of the Giants want to go into a game against RG3 -- the rookie quarterback who scared the argyle socks off them in Week 7 -- with those kind of stakes.

"We definitely want to keep an advantage over both teams," safety Kenny Phillips said of the Redskins and Cowboys. "To win this game and hopefully win the game next week, it will put us where we want to be."