Glum Giants plot strong stretch run after loss

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 04, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Despite having a one-game lead in the NFC East with four to go, the New York Giants may need to win out to make the playoffs A frustrated Tom Coughlin made that assessment on Tuesday, knowing that the Giants' 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins Monday did more than cut their division lead in half. The defeat left them at a surprising 2-3 in the NFC East with one division game left - vs. Philadelphia in the season finale. If the Giants (7-5), the defending Super Bowl champions, finish tied with either Washington (6-6) or Dallas (6-6), the second tiebreaker after head-to-head matchups is division record. The Giants split games with Dallas and Washington, and have already lost to last-place Philadelphia. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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