Giants Week 17 Playoff Possibilities

Let’s make this as easy as possible. First, don’t get your hopes up. Second, get ready to do some scoreboard watching.

If Seattle wins tonight, they are still alive for the division and can win it next week. The 49ers will get at least a wildcard. The other will be either Minnesota, Chicago, Washington or the Giants.

If Seattle loses, the Niners win the West and they will be part of the wild mix that will be sorted out next Sunday.

If the Redskins beat the Cowboys, they win the NFC East. Dallas can only win the division. They cannot win a wildcard berth.

In order for the Giants to get into the playoffs, they first need to win their final game. They play the Eagles at MetLife next Sunday and the way things have been going, that will be no lay up.

The Giants cannot win the division. Dallas can still win it, though. The tiebreakers for two or more clubs are as follows:

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.

Each team is will be 2-2 in games between the clubs. The Giants get eliminated after the second tiebreaker. They will be only 3-3 in the division, the others, 4-2. Dallas would win the division on the third tiebreaker. They are 9-3 in common games. The Redskins are 8-4.

The Giants can gain a wildcard if they win, Dallas loses or ties and Minnesota and Chicago both lose. Other than Dallas, the others will be 9-7 and the tiebreaker is conference record. The Giants only have four conference losses. The Bears and Vikings will have six.

The Giants can also qualify if Minnesota or Chicago win. They would need to win and have Seattle lose tonight and next week.