Win and they’re in. Forget all the other NFL playoff scenarios, if the New York Giants defeat the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night they are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
“It’s exciting, because I already feel like this is a playoff run for us, anyway,” said Pro Bowl special teamer Dwayne Harris. “Every week is a playoff game for us right now. We take it one game at a time every week. This game means a lot. It’s a division game and a rival game. I think this is a big game for us. I think we want to take it as a playoff game, play it as a playoff game and go out to try and win.”
“Clinching or not clinching, I think Thursday we have full intentions of coming out and putting our best foot forward,” said another Pro Bowler, wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. “Obviously, the goal is to win. With the outcome of winning, it would be great as far as us clinching. The main focus is to win a football game and the rest would take care of itself. That’s really where our mind’s at. We have a tough challenge ahead. This has always been a good game. It’s two rival teams, so it should be a good matchup.”
Just to cover those scenarios, even if the Giants lose Thursday night they clinch a playoff berth if any of the following teams lose this weekend — Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Here is what you need to know to watch, listen to, or wager on Thursday Night Football.
What: Giants (10-4) at Eagles (5-9)
When: Thursday, Dec. 22
Game time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
TV: NBC, NFL Network (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox)
Radio: Giants Radio Network — WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM and local affiliates (Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross); Giants Spanish Radio — WADO 1280-AM (Nestor Rosario, Francis Adames); Westwood One — Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS — 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (Phi). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Phi).
Live Stream: Twitter
Odds: Giants -2.5
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