Giants Playoff Chances: How the Giants Can Clinch a Spot in the NFL Playoffs in Week 16
But after getting that sixth win in Jacksonville in Week 7, Brian Daboll & Co. went just 1-4-1 over their next six games to drop to 7-5-1, drastically diminishing the Giants’ playoff chances. Thankfully for the New York faithful, however, the Giants picked up a much-needed victory over the rival Washington Commanders this past Sunday night and can now officially punch their ticket to the playoffs in Week 16.
Giants playoff chances: How the Giants can clinch a playoff berth in Week 16
Now at 8-5-1, the New York Giants sit in third place in the NFC East behind the Philadelphia Eagles (13-1) and Dallas Cowboys (10-4) but are still in the No. 6 slot in the NFC playoff picture heading into their Week 16 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.
There are three scenarios in which the Giants can clinch a spot in the postseason this week, all of which involve them defeating Minnesota on the road on Christmas Eve. And that certainly won’t be an easy task as Kirk Cousins & Co., who are coming off the biggest comeback in NFL history, are 7-1 at U.S. Bank Stadium this season, losing only to the Cowboys in Week 11.
Minnesota is currently a 3.5-point favorite. So not only will the underdog Giants need to beat the Vikings, but they’ll also need some help to clinch a postseason spot in Week 16. Here’s a look at each scenario:
- Giants win vs. Vikings + Commanders lose vs. 49ers + Lions lose vs. Panthers
- Giants win vs. Vikings + Commanders lose vs. 49ers + Seahawks lose vs. Chiefs
- Giants win vs. Vikings + Lions lose vs. Panthers + Seahawks lose vs. Chiefs
If New York loses to Minnesota and Washington, Detroit, and Seattle all win their respective games, FiveThirtyEight puts the Giants’ playoff chances at 53%.