Pete Prisco: New York Giants go 12-4, bounced in Divisional round

Nick Laham

CBSSports.com writer Pete Prisco says the Giants will win the NFC East but fall in the second round of the playoffs

CBSSports.com writer Pete Prisco has unveiled his predictions for the upcoming NFL season, including every regular season and postseason game.

Prisco projects the New York Giants will earn a 12-4 mark en route to an NFC East crown, seize the No. 4 seed in the NFC and get bounced in the Divisional round of the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers.

Yes -- the projections are that specific.

Regular season

According to Prisco, the Giants will open the season on a low note, falling 21-17 to the Dallas Cowboys. But fear not; the Giants will bounce back.

Prisco expects the Giants and Eli Manning to overcome his brother, Peyton Manning, and the reining AFC West champs in Week 2.

The win-loss pattern continues, with the Giants falling to the Carolina Panthers, beating the Kansas City Chiefs, beating the Philadelphia Eagles, falling to the Chicago Bears, beating the Minnesota Vikings and again topping the Eagles before their Week 9 bye.

At the midpoint in their season, New York is projected to be 5-3, with a 2-1 mark in the NFC East.

Back in action Week 10, the Giants will overcome the Pack, expected by Prisco to earn the top seed in the conference. The winning continues the following week, when the Giants are projected to even the series with the 'Boys.

In their first clash with the Washington Redskins, the Giants come out on the losing end, 33-27. The loss is followed by four consecutive wins -- over the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and the 'Skins -- to end the season.

The Giants end up 12-4, with 4-2 mark in the division and the No. 4 seed in the NFC.

Postseason

In the playoffs, the Giants continue their momentum achieved from the stretch of the regular season and move past the 6-seeded New Orleans Saints, 21-17, in the Wild-Card round.

While the Packers and San Francisco 49ers sit out the first round with byes, the 3-seeded Atlanta Falcons also advance with a 31-27 win over the Seahawks.

In the Divisional round, the Packers avenge their earlier loss to New York, beating the Giants, 30-20. On the other side, Atlanta upsets 2-seeded San Fran.

In the Championship Game, Atlanta overcomes the Pack to advance to the Super Bowl, where they'll face -- wait for it -- the Cincinnati Bengals, who are projected to beat the Falcons, 31-30, and capture the Lombardi Trophy.

Your thoughts, Giants' fans?

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