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2011 playoffs at stake, but so is 2012 schedule

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower is crushed

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower is crushed by New York Giants linebackers Greg Jones (53), Mathias Kiwanuka (94) and Spencer Paysinger (55) during the first half. (Sept. 11, 2011) Credit: AP

Good job by the Giants of getting this info out:

The Giants already know who and where they will be playing for 14 of their 16 games next season (the "when" will be announced sometime in April). The remaining two matchups will be determined this weekend.

First, here are the knowns. The Giants will have home and away games against the Redskins, Cowboys and Eagles. They will host the Saints, Bucs, Browns and Steelers and travel to Atlanta, Carolina, Baltimore and Cincinnati.

The rest of the opponents are determined based on the final standings.

If the Giants win on Sunday and finish in first place, they’ll host the Packers and visit the 49ers.

If they lose but Washington beat the Eagles, the Giants finish in second place and will host the Lions and travel to either Arizona or Seattle (to face the winner of their game against each other).

If the Giants lose and the Eagles win, the Giants will fall to third place. The Giants would then host the Bears and travel to face the loser of this weekend’s Cardinals-Seahawks game.

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