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Two ways Giants can clinch on Sunday, one way they can be eliminated

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning sits on

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning sits on the bench during the second half. (Dec. 16, 2012) Credit: AP

The Giants are focused on having to win their final two games to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs. And while it's true that two victories will secure that invitation no matter what else takes place, the Giants are not playing in a vacuum. Other teams will win or lose, leaving two ways in which the Giants can clinch a berth on Sunday, along with one scenario in which they can be eliminated from contention.

According to, for the Giants to secure a postseason spot in Week 16 they’d have to beat the Ravens and then have three other teams with 8-6 records – the Cowboys, Vikings and Bears – lose and the Redskins (8-6) either lose or tie. Another scenario to clinch would be a Giants win along with losses by the Vikings and Bears and a tie in the Saints-Cowboys game.

The Giants would be eliminated from the playoff race if they lose to the Ravens while the Redskins and Cowboys win and the Seahawks (9-5) win or tie.

That all makes for a nice, long day of football -- and what could be a day of reckoning. Here's a look at the games that could impact the Giants' fate:

Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Saints at Cowboys, 1 p.m.
Vikings at Texans, 1 p.m.
Bears at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Giants at Ravens, 4:25 p.m.
49ers vs. Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.

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