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NFC Playoff Picture: Giants need a lot of help

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The playoffs are now only a remote possibility for the New York Giants after two straight embarrassing losses.

Rob Carr

The New York Giants can still reach the NFC playoffs, but they will need a lot of help to get there. And, of course, they will need to play much better than they have while being outscored 67-14 the past two weeks.

Here is what needs to happen:

First and foremost, the 8-7 Giants need to defeat the 4-11 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. If they do that they need losses by the following teams:

Minnesota Vikings (home vs. Green Bay); Chicago Bears (at Detroit Lions); Dallas Cowboys (at Washington Redskins).

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"I'm not concerned about it, really," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "I want to see us play well. That's always been my thing. If we play well, give great effort and play well, everything else takes care of itself. That's not the case right now. We're not playing very well."

What, exactly, has caused the implosion is something we will have plenty of time to discuss. For now, those are your playoff scenarios -- unlikely though they might be.