BALTIMORE – The Giants are not officially eliminated from playoff contention but, based on the way they performed in last night’s limp 33-14 loss to the Ravens and the way they are closing out the season, does it really even matter?
The Giants look like a shot team, a team ready to close up shop and head home, rather than a defending Super Bowl champion gearing for another post-season push. The Ravens came in on a three-game losing streak but they had no trouble getting back on track, clinching the NFC North division by toying with the Giants from start to finish at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Giants (8-7) close out their regular season Sunday at home against the Eagles, no longer in control of their playoff destiny, their post-season hopes on fumes. They need to win and then they need help – loads and loads of help. They need the Redskins to beat the Cowboys, the Lions to beat the Bears and the Packers to beat the Vikings. It’s an unlikely scenario and the Giants have no one to blame but themselves for their dire situation.
This is a remarkable fall, considering the Giants were 6-2 at midseason and not long ago owned a three-game lead in the NFC East.