Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Giants have about a 6 percent chance of making the National Football League playoffs, according to MakeNFLplayoffs.com, needing a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and losses by three other teams on the last day of the season.
The defending Super Bowl champions had their postseason chances almost dashed with yesterday’s 33-14 loss in Baltimore. It was the Giants’ fifth loss in seven games.
With an 8-7 record, New York needs to beat the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Dec. 30 and have the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears all lose. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday his team’s playoff chances are “very remote,” having blown a chance to earn a guaranteed postseason spot by winning its final two games.
“We were sitting where we could determine our own fate and we let that get away from us,” Coughlin told reporters. “It’s very disappointing.”
The Cowboys visit the Washington Redskins to decide the National Football Conference East division title. The Redskins (9-6) may also have an outside chance for a wild-card playoff berth with a loss, while the only way the Cowboys (8-7) can make the postseason is with a victory.
Washington is given about a 63 percent chance of making the playoffs, with the Cowboys at almost 50 percent, according to MakeNFLplayoffs.com.
The Redskins have won six straight games and are favored by 3 1/2 points, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
The Giants are listed as 9-point favorites at home against the Eagles (4-11). New York was outgained by the Ravens 533-186 in total yards.
The Vikings (9-6) are 3-point underdogs at home against the Green Bay Packers, who are 11-4 and are seeking to lock up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Bears (9-6) are 3-point favorites in Detroit against the 4-11 Lions.
Minnesota is given a 56 percent chance of making the playoffs as the NFC’s last wild-card team, followed by the Bears at 25 percent, MakeNFLplayoffs.com said. Wild-card berths go to the two non-division winners with the best records in each conference.
“Hopefully, we can get a win, and if we make it into the playoffs, that would be great,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “But whatever happens is what’s going to happen. We can only focus on us, and we just want to play better football.”
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