The Giants are Playoff Bound
Last Thursday, The New York Football Giants were determined to clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, they came up short and lost 24-19.
The morning after the game, all I could see on Facebook were negative posts and articles about the Giants. Yes, the Giants made a lot of mistakes that cost them in the game, but there was no reason to publish negative articles on Eli Manning and a video of Odell Beckham Jr. upset after the game. As I hope to become a Sports Journalist after college, I see this negativity as a way for me to be more professional and not so much as call one player out over the whole team, which is what sports writers seem to always do after a team loss.
The Giants did not clinch a playoff spot on Thursday Night, so this meant they needed certain teams to lose or to tie on Christmas Eve. They needed the Green Bay Packers to lose to the Minnesota Vikings OR the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to lose to the New Orleans Saints OR the Atlanta Falcons to lose to the Carolina Panthers. If all these scenarios failed to happen, the Giants could get in if the Cowboys beat the Lions in the Monday Night Football Game or the Giants would have to wait until the following week.
At 7:24 P.M. on Christmas Eve on the New York Giants Facebook Page, it was announced that the Giants had clinched a Wild Card Spot after the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was the first time the New York Giants had made the playoffs in five years after their 2012 Super Bowl Victory over the New England Patriots.
In the last regular season game, the Giants face the Washington Redskins on New Year's Day. These two NFC East teams played each other before in Week 3 with Washington winning 29-27. If Washington wins, they will clinch a playoff spot as long as the Lions-Packers game doesn't end in a tie. Even though the Giants are already in the playoffs, Coach Ben Mcadoo still intends to start Eli Manning, as their 2nd string Quarterback, Ryan Nassib is on Injured Reserve, and a majority of the starting offense and defense.
As of now, the Giants will be playing one of four teams in the first round of the playoffs; Seahawks, Packers, Lions, or Falcons. The Giants will play Seattle if the Seahawks lose to the 49ers. The Giants will play the Packers if Green Bay wins or ties AND if Seattle wins or ties. The Giants will play Detroit if Detroit wins, Atlanta wins or ties, and Seattle wins. The Giants will play the Falcons if Atlanta loses to the Saints, Seattle wins, and Detroit wins. I found this information in the Giants Group I am in on Facebook.
In my next blog post, I will write an update on the first round of the playoffs on who the Giants will play.