The Giants remain alive, but that could change before they next take the field.
With the Eagles losing to the Cardinals on Sunday night, the Giants and Philadelphia are tied for second place in the NFC East at 6-8, one game behind Washington (7-7). If Washington beats Philadelphia on Saturday night, it will clinch the division title. In that event, the Giants’ game against Minnesota, which was flexed to prime time a week ago, will be meaningless for them in terms of their evaporated playoff aspirations.
If Philadelphia can beat Washington, the Giants still will be in the mix. But they still would need more help.
The Giants need to win their last two games to finish at 8-8 — at Minnesota and at home in the finale against the Eagles — and have Washington lose not only Saturday but in its Week 17 visit to Dallas.
“Right now the Redskins are in the lead,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said, “and we’re just trying to win out these two games and we’ll see what happens.”