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Giants news, 12/15: Playoff scenarios, reaction to victory over Dolphins

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Here are your Giants headlines for Tuesday, 12/15.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Been quite some time we woke up with a win. Here are your updates for this Tuesday morning.

Making a Giant playoff push

You have to love the New York media. If there's a loss, the talk of the town will be the upcoming season with new changes and the NFL Draft. With a win, it's time to plan for the playoff push. Here's what the analysts are saying about these last few games.

With the victory, the Giants (6-7) remain tied for first place in the division with the Eagles and Redskins with three games to go. But they still have plenty of work to do. Their chances of making the playoffs are still not that strong. According to The New York Times' playoff simulator, the Giants now have about a 32 percent chance of reaching the postseason.

But considering their chances would have been in single digits if they had lost, according to the simulator, the Giants will take it.

The Redskins currently own the tiebreaker based on head-to-head winning percentage against the Giants and Eagles. But Philly will host Washington on Dec. 26, and the Giants will get the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 3.

Can the Giants get to the season finale still in contention for the division title? It will not be easy. They will host the unbeaten Panthers this Sunday, and they will then be at the Vikings on Dec. 27 in a now-primetime showdown with the NFC's current wild card leader. They will almost assuredly need to split the next two games, and even then they may need some help.

Monday Night Football Recap

It was mostly all smiles for the team and the fans as the Giants earn a solid victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Giants superstars Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning save their season | NJ.com

The Giants desperately needed a victory on Monday night against the Miami Dolphins to, as Tom Coughlin has been saying recently, remain relevant. So what did they do to get it?

They leaned hard on their two best players – quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. -- in a 31-24 victory over the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

Odell Beckham defies reality to somehow save Giants’ season | NY Post

Whatever was in that IV, bottle it and distribute it to all the Giants.

After leaving the field in the third quarter because of cramping, Odell Beckham Jr. needed an intravenous injection, and the nourishing fluids turned him into even more of a superhero than ever before. Beckham returned and caught two touchdown passes, both very different and altogether spectacular, to turn a 24-17 deficit into a 31-24 victory Monday night that saves the season and allows the Giants to stay in contention in the wacky NFC East.

Manning, Beckham Help Save the New York Giants Playoff Hopes in a 31-24 Win Over Miami | Inside Football

The dynamic duo—quarterback Eli Manning and receiver Odell Beckham Jr.—joined forces by putting on a clutch performance to lead the New York Giants in a season-saving win over the Miami Dolphins, 31-24.

Manning completed 27 of his 31 pass attempts—a new personal best of 87 percent—for 337 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Beckham, who scored on receptions of six yards and 84 yards to help keep the Giants in the NFC East playoff hunt.

Beckham, who came into this game feeling under the weather, finished with 166 yards on seven catches, his sixth straight 100-yard performance this season and his ninth this year, the yardage total this week topping last week’s season-high of 149 yards.

Giants actually close out a game, run out the clock in Monday night win over Miami Dolphins | NY Daily News

So the Giants can close out a game after all.

And not even a stomach virus can stop Odell Beckham Jr.

The three game-losing streak is no more. On Monday night at Sun Life Stadium, behind a cramping and ill Beckham, the Giants won the game they absolutely had to have, out-executing the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter to seal a 31-24 victory.

Odell Beckham Jr. is historically great

There aren't enough words to describe how great Beckham has been for the Giants. His impact on the league is nothing short of historic and this includes all-time greats such as Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Terell Owens or Calvin Johnson. For the first 25 games of any receiver's career, there is no one greater than Beckham.  By the way, Beckham was also sick for most of this week with a stomach flu.

More Giants headlines

Eli Manning talks to Giants, then backs it up with incredible performance vs. Dolphins | NY Daily News

Flex Alert: Giants vs. Vikings on 12/27 moved to 8:30 PM | Giants.com

Odell Beckham Jr. recognizes history while also making it | Newsday