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AFC Wild-Card Weekend: Five reasons New York Giants fans should care

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Here are a few reasons why Saturday's AFC playoff games have some meaning for Giants fans.

Hue Jackson
Hue Jackson
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The 2016 NFL playoffs begin on Saturday with the AFC Wild-Card games. The Kansas City Chiefs are at the Houston Texans (4:35 p.m. ET/ESPN) and the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the Cincinnati Bengals (8:15 p.m. ET/CBS). Check out our complete preview here. Other than the fact that it is playoff football why should fans of the New York Giants care? Here are five reasons why.

  • Because a loss by the Bengals would make Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson available for head-coaching interviews. Jackson is hotly sought after. To this point, there have been no reports of overtures from the Giants, but that does not mean there won't be.
  • Because Quintin Demps starts for the Texans. Yes, that Quintin Demps. The one who played for the Giants last season, started nine games as part of the league's worst group of safeties and also lost the kickoff return job. Demps started 13 games for Houston after starting only 15 in the first seven years of his NFL career. What?
  • Because running back Akeem Hunt in on the Houston roster and that gives you something else to shake your head at. Hunt showed speed in training camp with the Giants, but they cut him and didn't even add re-sign him to the practice squad. He was a bit player for the Texans, playing in seven games and carrying 17 times for 96 yards (5.6 yards per carry).
  • Because some people think Houston coach Bill O'Brien would bolt the Texans and would be a good candidate for the Giants job. If you want O'Brien, you need the Texans to lose to the Chiefs.
  • Because Andy Reid coaches the Chiefs. The Giants have plenty of their own misery, but you can still chuckle at the Philadelphia Eagles for getting rid of Reid.