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Seeds 1 and 4 out of reach for Giants, all others on the table

Tom Coughlin

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A few more scenarios for you to chew on:

The Giants can make the playoffs and get either the No. 2, 3, 5 or 6 seed. They cannot catch the Falcons for the No. 1 seed, and the No. 4 seed will go to whichever sorry excuse for a division winner the NFC West produces.

Obviously they’d have to win the division to get the 2 or 3 seed. That means the Giants have to win their two remaining games and the Eagles have to lose theirs (against the Vikings and Cowboys, both in Philly). It’s probably more likely that the Giants go 2-0 than the Eagles go 0-2, but let’s play along.

If the Giants win the division and the Bears lose to either the Jets or the Packers, then the Giants would get the No. 2 seed and a bye. If the Giants win the division and the Bears finish 2-0, the Giants would get the No. 3 seed and most likely have to face – the Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium in the first round.

There are any number of ways for the Giants to get the No. 5 seed with a win on Sunday against the Packers. But, as I noted in a recent post, they can get the No. 5 seed – which is probably the best spot outside 1 and 2 because it plays the NFC West “champ” – even if they lose against the Packers. For that to happen they’d have to beat the Redskins, have the Bears beat the Packers in Week 17, have the Bucs finish their season with wins over the Seahawks and Saints, and have the Saints lose to the Falcons on Monday night this week.

As Chevy Chase once said, “It was my understanding that there would be no math in this debate …”

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