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Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass during the first half against the New York Jets. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

So if the Giants do win on Sunday, who will they play?

The NFC East champion will get the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and host the No. 5 seed next weekend. That will be either the Lions or the Falcons, and most likely the Lions.

The only way the Falcons can get the No. 5 seed is if they beat the Bucs and the Lions lose to the Packers, a team that has already clinched the top seed, in Week 17. That would give both wild cards a 10-6 record and the Falcons would have the edge by virtue of a head-to-head win on Oct. 23.

And lest you think the Lions have nothing to play for in their game against the Packers, consider this: Who would you rather play at this point, the Giants/Cowboys winner, or the Saints in New Orleans? The No. 6 seed will likely have to play at the SuperDome. The only way the Saints can get the No. 2 seed and the 49ers drop to No. 3 is if the Saints beat the Panthers and the 49ers lose to the Rams.

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