The Giants knew they weren’t just facing the Jaguars on Sunday. In a race for NFC playoff spots, they are up against four or five other teams every week. And in a season in which 10 wins probably won’t guarantee a postseason birth in the conference, the Giants were happy to have won yesterday and just as glad that the Eagles and Bucs didn’t.
“I think it is a huge plus for us because of the goal that we set for ourselves in terms of trying to keep pace here and having responded and played well under those circumstances,” Tom Coughlin said. “Like every other football-lover in America I certainly, from the standpoint of being a fan, try to keep track of what’s happening in the National Football League. And certainly I was aware of the games that were played and the games in our conference that were big games.”
In the old “if the regular season ended today” playoff glance, the Giants would be the sixth and final team in the postseason, one game behind the Saints in the Wild Card race and advancing due to tie-breakers past the Bucs and Packers who are both 7-4 along with the Giants.
Right back in the mix, huh?
“We never felt we were out of the mix,” Eli Manning said after last week’s loss to the Eagles put them out of the ITRSET playoff picture. “That’s just football. You’re going to lose some games. There’s going to be a big game in the season like last week that doesn’t go your way, but … there is still a lot of football left. A game in Week 10 of the season is never going to decide a season for you.”
The Eagles, who are also 7-4, have the head-to-head advantage over the Giants, but the two teams play again on Dec. 19. The Giants also play the Packers in Green Bay on Dec. 26.