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NFC playoff picture: Giants put themselves in great position to reach playoffs

FiveThirtyEight gives New York 87 percent chance after victory over Washington

New York Giants v Washington Commanders Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The New York Giants took a massive step toward reaching the NFL playoffs with Sunday night’s 20-12 victory over the Washington Commanders.

Per FiveThirtyEight, the 8-5-1 Giants’ odds of reaching the playoffs increased from 52 percent to 87 percent with their thrilling victory.

ESPN Analytics put the Giants’ chance of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2016 at 90 percent.

The Giants are now the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture with three games to go. The 7-6-1 Commanders are the seventh seed. The 7-7 Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions are on the outside looking in.

The Giants’ three remaining games are against the 11-3 Minnesota Vikings, the 4-9-1 Indianapolis Colts and the 13-1 Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants might need only one more victory in those three games to reach the playoffs.

The Giants can, in fact, clinch a playoff spot next weekend. If the Giants beat the Vikings and Washington, Seattle, and Detroit all lose, the Giants would clinch a playoff spot. Washington faces the San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks meet the Kansas City Chiefs and the Lions face the Carolina Panthers.

[NOTE: Story updated to correct playoff seedings and add clinching scenarios for Giants]