Giants loss gives Dallas NFC East Title
The New York Giants picked the wrong time to underperform. In a game where the 5-9 Eagles had nothing but pride to play for, they did just enough to knock off their division rivals 24-19. Eli Manning threw three costly interceptions in the loss, and the Giants have to wait to officially clinch a playoff spot. The Dallas Cowboys were the big winners Thursday night, as New York’s loss gave them the NFC East tile and homefield throughout the postseason.
After the game, a dejected Odell Beckham reportedly banged his head against a wall twice. The 10-5 Giants play at Washington on January 1 to wrap up their regular season, and that game will have playoff implications for both teams. New York has a two game lead in the wild card race, but there is a wild scenario that would have them outside of the postseason.
The NFC South runner-up, Giants, and Lions could all finish the season at 10-6 apiece. That means the Giants lose their next two, the NFC South runner-up finishes 10-6, and the Lions beat the Cowboys on Monday night in Week 16.
Then, assume the Packers win out and fight their way to an NFC North title, beating the Lions in Week 17. Next, assume both the Falcons and Bucs finish with at least 10 wins.
If that were to happen, then the Lions and NFC South runner-up would get the NFC wild card spots. The Giants would be left out because the Lions and NFC South runner-up win the tiebreaker of 10-6 teams based on their conference record.
If the playoffs were to start today, The Giants would play the Lions in a rematch from Week 15.