New York Giants: Thorn in Their Side, Eagles Hurt Giants' Playoff Chances Again

Double G SportsCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants on the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles entered Tuesday nights game against the Minnesota Vikings with a chance at the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs. The Eagles had been battling the Chicago Bears for that coveted No. 2 seed and first-round bye.

After losing to a Minnesota team with a wide receiver playing quarterback, the Eagles are now locked into the No. 3 seed and Chicago is guaranteed a first-round bye. What does this have to do with the Giants you might ask? Well…

Chicago plays on the road against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Giants are on the road in Washington against the Redskins. For New York to make the playoffs, they need to combine a win of their own with a Chicago win over Green Bay.

If Green Bay wins, the Giants are out.

The Bears do have a chance at the No. 1 seed, but it is an unlikely scenario. Chicago would get the top overall seed if they win and Atlanta and New Orleans both lose. Atlanta hosts Carolina while New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay. Unlikely either of those teams loses.

Before the 4pm kickoff in Green Bay, Chicago will know if they have a chance to get that No. 1 seed or if they will be playing with nothing on the line. With nothing on the line, will Bears coach Lovie Smith play his starters?

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