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Giants news, 12/14: Ereck Flowers, Robert Ayers questionable to play against Miami Dolphins

New York Giants news updates for 12/14.

William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your updates for this Monday morning.

Ayers, Flowers are questionable to play

Tonight is a do or die game for the New York Giants.  Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins won by a field goal and to keep up, the Giants need to win. A loss will make making the playoffs a nearly impossible feat. The injury report won't help matters as Ereck Flowers and Robert Ayers are both listed as questionable.

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo did not seem all that concerned about the status of defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. when meeting with reporters on Friday, but the team's Saturday injury report suggests otherwise.

Ayers is one of three Giants listed as questionable for Monday night's crucial game at the Miami Dolphins. But while the other two, left tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) were projected as limited practice participants (the Giants did not practice Saturday, instead having their customary end-of-week recovery day), Ayers was listed as a did-not-practice projection with his neck injury.

Right tackle Marshall Newhouse (back) was listed as probable after missing the last game. As expected, the team ruled out linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring/foot) for the second straight week. Kennard's major injury is his foot, Coughlin said. The second-year player was spotted in the locker room wearing a protective boot.

Playoffs? Talking about playoffs?

Despite this famous saying warning about the dangers of premature talk of the playoffs; that is all the New York sports media loves to talk about. Do the Giants have a chance? Do they believe they have a chance?

Giants as surprised as anyone they’re still in playoff chase with 5-7 record | NY Daily News

It is Rashad Jennings' cliche. But even Rashad Jennings is tired of hearing it.

So there the Giants running back was, late last week, listening as somebody pointed out that the NFC East crown is still there for the taking, that despite a season full of Big Blue foul-ups, the Giants' ultimate goals remain "right in front of us," as Jennings has said several times.

And all Jennings could do was roll his eyes and guffaw.

"Crazy, right?" he told the News. "I feel the same way you do: It's insane."

Team goals are clear with division crown still up for grabs | Giants.com

"It was like, ‘Whew, we’re still in it,’" Amukamara said. "We still have a chance."

The instant the Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Washington Redskins was official Monday night, Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara exhaled in relief, an act likely mimicked by numerous teammates. Indeed they do. The triumph by one of the Giants’ NFC East rivals over another left them tied atop the division with Philadelphia and Washington with four games remaining. May the best team win the title.

The Giants believe it will be them, and they intend to seize the crown and the accompanying playoff berth, starting Monday night in Miami. They are 5-7 and have lost three in a row and four of their last five games, but not their confidence and faith in themselves. The Giants acknowledge this has turned into a down season for the NFC East, and they’re thankful they’re still in the race despite being two games under .500 with three-quarters of the season in the books.

The Giants need to finally finish a game vs. Dolphins, not their playoff hopes | NY Daily News

The glass half-full way to look at the Giants season is that if games were two minutes shorter they would be 10-2. Instead, they’re 5-7 and about to enter the final minutes of their season. And worse, they’re still trying to answer the same question that has haunted them since opening night:

Why can’t somebody on the Giants make a play when the game is on the line? That mystery has hovered over a team that’s tied an NFL record by blowing leads and losing five games this season that it led with two minutes to go.

Whether it’s the offense that can’t get a key first down, or the defense that can’t get a stop, the Giants either don’t have the talent, the toughness or maybe the "clutch" gene — whatever that is — they need to put games away.

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Odell Beckham on Jarvis Landry: He’s like me, but shiftier | NY Post

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Big Blue offensive line set for Ndomakong Suh | Newsday