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Giants in seventh place after Week 14

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium. (Dec. 13, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Going along with LaMonica's layout of the Jets' postseason chances, the Giants stand in seventh place in the NFC after last night's 45-38 loss to Philly at the Meadowlands. As you know, only the top six teams make the tournament.

But unlike the Jets, the Giants have a much clearer road to a berth.

Because Dallas lost to San Diego yesterday, the G-Men (7-6) remain just one game behind the 8-5 Cowboys. And the Giants hold the tiebreaker against Dallas because they earned their first season sweep of them since 2004.

Looking behind, Atlanta's loss to New Orleans keeps them a game a game behind the Giants at 6-7 (the Giants also hold the tiebreaker over the Falcons by beating them Week 11). Carolina, Seattle and Chicago are all two games worse than the Giants, and San Francisco will join the 5-8 group with a loss to Arizona tonight.

Here is the complete NFL playoff picture.

Increasingly, it appears the final wild-card spot will come down to Dallas and the Giants. The Cowboys have lost six of their last seven in December dating back to 2007, while Tony Romo is 5-12 as a starter in games after November.

So let's check each team's remaining schedule.

The Giants visit the 4-9 Redskins next Monday night and then play host to the Panthers (5-8) on Dec. 27 before traveling to Minnesota (11-2), which will lock up the NFC North with a win over Carolina next week, to end the regular season.

Dallas visits the undefeated Saints on Saturday night, then travels to Washington for a Sunday night matchup before finishing with 9-4 Philly at home.

Advantage? Looks like the Giants.

The Giants can certainly win out, especially if the Vikings don't need to win the last week of the season. And it appears likely that the Cowboys, losers of two straight, will drop at least one of their last three against tough opponents ... and all the Giants need is a tie.


NFC Playoff Picture

1. Saints (13-0)
2. Vikings (11-2)
3. Eagles (9-4)
4. Cardinals (8-4)
(all division leaders)

5. Packers (9-4)
6. Cowboys (8-5)
(wild cards)

7. Giants (7-6)
8. Falcons (6-7)
9. 49ers (5-7)

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