After an incredible come-from-behind victory, again, the Detroit Lions can clinch a playoff berth if they beat the San Diego Chargers at Ford Field this weekend.
As hot as the Chargers have been playing, the Lions have so much to play for and defend their home turf very well.
The Giants winning the division would put them as the No. 4 seed, and the possibility that anyone other than the Lions or Falcons finish No. 5 is very unlikely.
Even if the Seahawks miraculously beat the San Francisco 49ers this weekend and the Cardinals in Week 17, Atlanta holds the tiebreaker over them. So if the Lions lose out and the Falcons and Seahawks make it, the Seahawks would finish no better than No. 6.
(In case you're wondering, if the Lions lose out and the Seahawks win out, the Seahawks would own the tiebreaker with an 8-4 conference record to the Lions' 6-6 record).
So, Giants fan, if the planets align and this team that has been frustrating all season long somehow sneaks into the playoffs, they would play either the Lions or the Falcons.
Honestly I like the matchup against the Lions more than the Falcons due to the fact that they are extremely one-dimensional, whereas the Falcons have a good running attack and a balanced offense.
That is not to say the Giants wouldn't be in trouble—the Lions have a very potent passing game which has proven to give the Giants fits in recent weeks.
How can a team that couldn't guard Jabar Gaffney expect to contain Calvin Johnson? Or Julio Jones and Roddy White for that matter?
2007 playoff magic be damned—if this team wins a playoff game, I would be very surprised.