Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/3/14

After beginning their long climb up the NFC ladder from the depths of their 0-6 start with four straight wins, the New York Giants were robbed of the momentum that they’d worked so hard to build recently, losing Sunday’s divisional showdown with the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 in front of the deflated hometown fans at MetLife Stadium. Behind a strong performance from Cowboys’ starting quarterback Tony Romo that included a key, 14-play drive late in the fourth quarter and resulted in a 35-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey with no time remaining, Dallas simply outplayed their hosts, improving to 6-5 with the victory while moving into a tie for first-place with the Philadelphia Eagles. Trailing 14-6 at the half and 21-13 at the end of the third quarter, the Giants pulled even with the Cowboys on Eli Manning’s four-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy, which was followed by Andre Brown’s successful two-point conversion with 4: 45 remaining in the fourth quarter before the visitors answered back with their game-winning drive. In the two days that have followed Sunday’s disastrous outing, players from both teams have engaged in some post-game trash talk that has done little more than annoy those involved, chief among them is Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin who was quoted Monday as saying “talk is cheap, play the game,” and is clearly unhappy with the comments. With the loss behind them, the 4-7 Giants are faced with the harsh reality that awaits them for the rest of the regular season, and head into this week’s matchup in Washington desperately needing a late-season miracle of near epic proportions if they have any chance of resurrecting their playoff hopes and becoming the first team in league history to host the Super Bowl. While their roommates will have the advantage of a somewhat favorable schedule going forward, the Giants aren’t quite as fortunate and play three of their final five games on the road where they have struggled this season with a 1-4 record. Adding to their already slim chances of a playoff existence this season, two of their final five opponents (Seattle and Detroit), are currently leading their respective divisions, while their Week 14 matchup in San Diego will be against a Charger team that just handed the Kansas City Chiefs their second-straight loss. Other than those three games, the Giants are also scheduled to face 3-8 Washington this week on the road and again in their season finale at home on December 29th. If New York does in fact run the table with an 5-0 finish which would give them a 9-7 record, they would still need both Dallas and Philadelphia to do no better than 2-3 over their last five contests which would give them a record of 8-8, and on top of that, would still more than likely need the Arizona Cardinals to lose four of their final five outings of 2013 as well in order to land the NFC’s final playoff spot, making the simplicity of the math almost painful. As things stand now, the Giants occupy second place in the NFC East with two full games separating themselves and the division-leading Cowboys and Eagles who are currently tied at the top, and have 11 other teams ahead of them in the NFC playoff picture, including the entire NFC West. New York will attempt to regain their momentum and begin the final push towards the near-impossible this Sunday when they travel to Washington, while Dallas hosts the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day, and Philadelphia hosts the Arizona Cardinals. The post NY Giants begin Week 13 in desperate situation appeared first on Sports Glory.

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