View Full Version : Giants' Playoff Hopes On Life Support After Blowout Loss To Ravens

12-24-2012, 07:30 AM
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Excerpt: "The Giants are not officially eliminated from playoff contention but, based on the way they performed in last nightís limp 33-14 loss to the Ravens and the way they are closing out the season, does it really even matter?

The Giants look like a shot team, a team ready to close up shop and head home, rather than a defending Super Bowl champion gearing for another post-season push. The Ravens came in on a three-game losing streak but they had no trouble getting back on track, clinching the NFC North division by toying with the Giants from start to finish at M&T Bank Stadium.The Giants (8-7) close out their regular season Sunday at home against the Eagles, no longer in control of their playoff destiny, their post-season hopes on fumes. They need to win and then they need help Ė loads and loads of help. They need the Redskins to beat the Cowboys, the Lions to beat the Bears and the Packers to beat the Vikings. Itís an unlikely scenario and the Giants have no one to blame but themselves for their dire situation.

This is a remarkable fall, considering the Giants were 6-2 at midseason and not long ago owned a three-game lead in the NFC East.

A week after they were drilled in Atlanta 34-0, the Giants spoke of their time-tested ability to play their best when their backs were against the wall. They talked of controlling their destiny Ė win their final two games assured of no worse than an NFC wild card playoff berth.As it turned it, it was all just talk. Remember when the Giants were Road Warriors?

Well, they lost their fourth straight on the road and they havenít been close to competitive in the last two. Until a meaningless touchdown late in the game, the Giants were outscored 67-7 in the last two games, the sort of no-show efforts that prompt big changes. There could be plenty of empty seats and lots of frustrated fans for the regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium as the 2012 season ebbs to a premature end.Once again, the Giants took the field after their NFC East brethren were busy engaging in dramatic games. The Redskins held off the Eagles 27-20 and the Cowboys, after forcing overtime with a fourth-quarter comeback, were beaten by the Saints 34-31. The loss by the Cowboys helped keep the playoff door ajar for the Giants, who then proceeded to come up with another lousy road performance when they needed to come up big." Read more...