The Giants will not win the NFC East this season.
That should come as no big surprise to anyone who has watched them perform the past month and a half, losing six straight games including Sunday night's 31-28 heartbreaker to the Cowboys. But the defeat made their elimination from the division race a mathematic certainty.
"That hurts bad," Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said. "That's just going to add on to it. You don't have a chance. It's like, where do you go from here?"
Even before the day began, the Giants' chances were exceedingly slim. When the Eagles won earlier in the day to improve to 8-3, it meant that the Giants needed a win to stay alive. They didn't get it. They could see the flicker of hope for a wild-card berth doused next weekend.
"It most definitely stings, but we still have games left and we still have to keep fighting," defensive tackle Mike Patterson said. "It [stinks] and whatnot, but you never know what can happen."
Running back Rashad Jennings added: "There's a lot of pride in this room, a lot of people who want to prove something."
With the Raiders winning Thursday night for the first time this season, the Giants now hold the longest active losing streak in the NFL. The Panthers are winless in their last six games, as well, but they are 0-5-1 with five straight losses following a tie against the Bengals. Neither team has won since Oct. 5.
Tom Coughlin said he wasn't even thinking about the elimination from the division after the loss.
"Right now," he said, "we're trying tom win a game."