Week 15 Sneak Peak: Playoff Picture Wide Open

New York Giants (8-5) at Atlanta Falcons (11-2) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

The Giants and Falcons will meet as both teams eye a trip to the postseason. The clubs met in the Wild Card round last year with New York defeating Atlanta 24-2 on its way to winning Super Bowl XLVI. This season, the Falcons have already clinched the NFC South and are closing in on a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

“This game is very important,” says Falcons head coach Mike Smith. “There are a lot of things that are going to happen over the next few weeks and that’s what makes it fun. We’ve got to go out and play our best football of the year now.”

The Giants lead the NFC East by one game and can win the division by winning their final three games.

“Our concern right now and for these next three weeks is about the New York Giants and what we need to do,” says Giants quarterback Eli Manning. “That’s all we can focus on. We have to keep winning football games.”

So far, four playoff spots have been clinched – Atlanta (NFC South), Denver (AFC West), New England (AFC East) and Houston (playoff spot).

That leaves eight spots available and there are still 24 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

“This is a highly, highly competitive league,” says head coach Tom Coughlin of the 8-5 New York Giants, who have a one-game lead in the NFC East over Dallas and Washington. “The parity is incredible. Week in and week out, look at what you face. The level of talent is incredible.”

If the final three weeks are anything like the first 14, get ready for close games, exciting finishes and comeback victories. In Week 14, four games were decided with the winning points scored in the final two minutes or overtime. There have been 47 such games this season, tied for the most through the first 14 weeks of a season since the 1970 merger (2003).

courtesy NFL Media