The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants have backed themselves into a corner heading into the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. The playoffs have already started for the Giants as they need to beat the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday while hoping a few more outcomes in the NFC go their way.
Along with a win over the division rival Eagles, the defending champs need the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears all to lose in order to clinch a playoff berth. With three games needing to sway in their favor in the final week of the regular season, the Giants’ chances of being playoff bound once again are slim to say the least.
Although there’s a decent chance the Cowboys, Vikings and Bears all fail to come out on top on Sunday, the Giants have let themselves down in their Super Bowl title defense as they controlled their fate for most of the season. With the NFC East division title theirs for the taking over the past few weeks, New York has failed to show up and as a result let the Cowboys and Washington Redskins work their way up to the standings to play for the division title on Sunday.
Head coach Tom Coughlin believes that his team needs to play for pride in the regular-season finale this weekend saying the following via Jorge Castillo of NJ.com:
“It’s all three phases playing well together,” Coughlin said. “You have a couple phases that are not doing their job right now and they have to if we’re going to resurrect a little bit of pride here in our last game. . . . I would like to see our team play an astounding football game, a game in which the execution of our team is significantly better than what we have seen over the last couple weeks.”
Although the team needs to focus on the Eagles in Week 17, New York will likely be scoreboard-watching throughout the game awaiting the outcome of the Bears’ matchup against the Detroit Lions and the Vikings taking on the Green Bay Packers.
If those two games go the way the Giants hope they will with wins by the Lions and Packers, Coughlin and company will be routing for the Redskins in the late game on Sunday hoping for Tony Romo and company to fall short against rookie sensation Robert Griffin III.