New York Giants Need a Little Help From Da Bears To Make Da Playoffs

Jim MancariCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on agianst the Washington Redskins on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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What can be worse than shoveling 18 inches of snow following a massive blizzard?

Shoveling 18 inches of snow at your neighbor's house after you finish your own.

What can be worse than both of these things?

Shoveling 18 inches of snow at your house followed by your neighbor's house on the day after your favorite team who controlled their own destiny totally flopped in their biggest game of the year.

And what is the worst thing of all?

Being a member of that team and being stranded in Green Bay following a terrible loss because all flights have been canceled.

It's been a week from hell for the New York Football Giants. First, the media inundates them with the collapse against the Eagles about whether they can bounce back. Then one of their own, Michael Strahan, releases comments that the Giants can't close games. Finally, a multitude of turnovers leads to a crushing defeat against the Packers.

As much of a fan as I am, the Giants don't deserve anything this season. You can't win games, even against bad teams, if you turn the ball over at a ridiculous pace. The Packers are one of the better teams in the NFL, so turning it over against them spells a recipe for disaster.

I'm sure many fans and media people will be turning Tom Coughlin into the scapegoat. I personally am a supporter of Coughlin.

Did Coughlin throw five interceptions? No.

Did Coughlin fumble twice? No.

Did Coughlin commit timely holding penalties and offensive pass interference? No.

While I do have to say that the officiating in the game was horrendous, Coughlin did dig himself a hole by burning up his challenges. But the reason he had to use those challenges is because his team treats the football like a greased-up pig and just can't hold on to the thing.

But once again, Giants fans, hope is not all lost. Depending on the outcome of the Falcons vs. Saints game, the Chicago Bears may still have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The Bears play the Packers next week, and the game may have more meaning to Chicago. If "Da Bears" can pull off the win, the Giants will be alive.

However, the Giants must win their game against the Redskins. As we have seen the last two seasons, the Giants are starting to develop a tendency of cracking under pressure. It is certainly a different team than the Super Bowl champion team.

Despite all that's happened, I believe the G-Men will go into Washington and get the win. But it wouldn't even matter unless Green Bay loses.

It can happen, but only with a little bit of luck. It's always a coin flip when a team has to rely on help to get into the playoffs.

Even if the Giants don't capture the No. 6 seed, Tom Coughlin should remain the coach of the team. Once again, he showed up to work, but his players did not execute.

So hopefully while waiting in Green Bay, the Giants are mentally preparing themselves for what they have to do. If the Saints win tonight, things could be interesting this Sunday.

Even so, the Bears may try to build some momentum heading into the playoffs anyway.

Though the Giants might not deserve a playoff berth, it still remains a possibility. Let's go Giants, and of equal importance this week, let's go Bears!