The New York Giants have collapsed toward the end of the 2012 NFL regular season, leaving them barely alive in the battle for the final wild card spot in this season’ NFC Playoffs. New York needs a win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17, as well as losses by the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
The Cowboys face the Washington Redskins for the NFC East. The Vikings will battle it out with the Green Bay Packers. The Bears will take on the Detroit Lions. While it is certainly possible that all three of them could lose on Sunday, it is not all that likely.
Of course, the results of the those three teams mean nothing if the Giants cannot get past the Eagles. It may sound like an easy game but, considering how poorly New York has played over the past couple of weeks, a win is far from a lock, even against lowly Philadelphia in Week 17.
If you listen to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, he is not sure that the defending Super Bowl champs even belong in the postseason.
“Do we deserve it by the way we played? Do we?” defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, said via the New York Daily News. “I don’t think so, man. We went out there and pissed on our legs. That’s really all I can say.”
I suppose, what else really can be said, after that graphic analysis of how the Giants were destroyed by the Baltimore Ravens this past weekend. Couple that with an embarrassing blowout loss against the Atlanta Falcons the following week, and at least we can understand where he is coming from, although he could have chosen his words a bit more carefully.
Or, at least, cleanly.
“Guys have just got to find their hearts and rise to the occasion, which we’re not doing,” Pierre-Paul said. “We’re iffy, man, and I don’t like that.”
Iffy is a decent description for the Giants’ playoff chances. Due to just how poorly New York has played as of late, there are quite a lot of ifs that need to occur next Sunday in Week 17 for the Giants to have any chance at all of defending their championship from last season.