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NFL playoff scenarios: Giants can clinch a playoff berth this week

Landon Collins #21 of the New York Giants

Landon Collins #21 of the New York Giants celebrates his game clinching fourth quarter fumble recovery against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Giants don’t have a playoff berth yet, but they do have a scenario.

For the first time since Week 17 of the 2012 season, the Giants go into a weekend able to clinch a postseason spot. (Despite beating the Eagles, they didn’t get in.) It’s a bit convoluted and the Giants can’t possibly make the playoffs until next Monday night, but after almost four full years of not even being able to knock on the door, the Giants will take it.

So what needs to happen?

Well, first the Giants (9-4) need to beat the Lions (9-4) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, no easy task. Then they need Minnesota, Green Bay and Washington to all not win (in other words, lose or tie). Don’t hold your breath, though. All three of those playoff contenders face teams with losing records.

Minnesota (7-6) hosts Indianapolis (6-7), and Green Bay (7-6) is at Chicago (3-10). Both of those games will be played concurrently with the Lions-Giants at 1 p.m. If things do work out for the Giants, though, then the Giants will get in if Washington (7-5-1) loses at home to Carolina (5-8) on Monday night.

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