Tom Coughlin to New York Giants: Finish 2012 Season Playing for Pride

Doug RushSenior Analyst IDecember 26, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 03:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants reacts after the Giants score in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 3, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The last few weeks have been an utter disaster for the New York Giants.

Just a mere two weeks ago, the Giants were sitting on top of the NFC East division.

And then, the Giants headed down to the Georgia Dome and looked as lost as a football team could in a 34-0 trouncing by the Atlanta Falcons.

In that game, the Giants were dropped to 8-6 and had lost total control of the the NFC East lead.

Then there was this past Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Giants fell behind early and were never able to establish any rhythm as they got knocked off 33-14. With that defeat, the Giants got knocked out of first and into a second-place tie with the Dallas Cowboys, which means their playoff hopes are very slim.

The Giants not only have to beat the Philadelphia Eagles this coming Sunday, but the Cowboys have to lose to Washington, the Chicago Bears have to lose to the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings have to lose to the Green Bay Packers.

A lot of things have to go in the favor of the Giants, and given the way they have been playing over the course of two weeks, that scenario seems impossible.

But Giants head coach Tom Coughlin isn't worrying about the playoff scenario and getting back to the postseason to defend their Super Bowl title of a season ago.

According to Jorge Castillo of the Newark-Star Ledger, Coughlin just wants his players to play for pride.

Will I be proud of the season? Coughlin asked rhetorically. Right now I have a short memory and I've got these two games (on my mind). I'm proud of the individuals, I'm not proud of what's been accomplished.

The Giants started out 6-2 and looked like they could potentially be a top seed in the NFC this coming January, but they are 2-5 since then and have had many things go wrong.

Their pass rush that is the strength of the defense has been virtually nonexistent all season long. The offensive line has been downright awful and got even worse after starting right tackle Sean Locklear broke his leg.

The secondary, especially Corey Webster, has not been able to shut teams down, and it's a reason why teams have scored 112 points over the last four games against the Giants.

Those are just some of the reasons why the Giants are no longer in control of their own fate, and they have nobody to blame but themselves for it.

But Coughlin is right about playing for pride in their season finale against the Eagles.

If nothing else, the Giants have to try and get the five-year monkey of not beating the Eagles in their own building off their backs.

If not for themselves, then maybe for the fans who pay their hard-earned money every single year and come out to the games.

And who knows, maybe if the Giants can take care of the 4-11 Eagles, the football gods will shine brightly on them and get them the sixth and final seed in the NFC playoffs.

Getting to the playoffs would be a nice end to a season that has spiraled out of control, but the Giants should just focus on winning.

They should win for their head coach who always take the heat during the toughest of times in his eight-year tenure.

They should win for the fans who come to MetLife Stadium, even when it's raining, snowing and 10 degrees outside.

And they should win for themselves, because even though they are professional players, the Giants should go out there and play for the love of the game.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.