The Giants let one slip by, but are still in control of their playoff destiny

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Brian Asamoah II forces a fumble on New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Brian Asamoah II forces a fumble on New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger. / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Did you know that by Greg Joseph The game-winning 61-yard field goal attempt was positive and good well before it was actually positive and good. That’s how things have been for the Giants in recent years. Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and Wink Martindale’s the defense gave the Vikings, one of the best in the league, all they had. They came close, losing 27-24.

There was good news for New York, though, in the gut-punch defeat. The teams that couldn’t afford to win lost. The Seahawks fell to the Chiefs and the Lions were defeated by the Panthers.

So the Giants’ path to the postseason is no different than it was before Joseph’s kick flew through the uprights: Win one more and they’re in.

“I’m Watching This As We Get Ready For The Colts” Brian Daboll he told reporters.

You have to give the Giants credit. The lack of talent being lamented this season is very real. Despite this, they still find themselves in almost every game they play. It was no different against No. 1 seed Minnesota. 2 in the NFC with a 12-3 record.

Jones completed 30 of 42 passes for 334 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Receivers Richie James (eight catches, 90 yards), Isaiah Hodgins (eight catches, 89 yards) e Darius Slayton (four catches, 79 yards) finally got underway. Barkley was his regular gorgeous self, rushing 14 times for 84 yards and a 27-yard touchdown on a fourth down carry to tie the game late, while also catching eight passes for 49 yards.

It was one of the offense’s best games, and the Giants defense did everything they could to match it. But they, just like most of the NFL, simply didn’t have an answer for the Vikings’ world wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who caught 12 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. The final catch and final 17 yards set up Joseph’s game winner on the last play of the game.

The game could have been different Daniel Bellinger he didn’t fumble in the first half or Jones didn’t throw that interception in the second. The Giants aren’t skilled enough to overcome problems like that. However, their coaching kept them engaged until the very end.

“Tough match,” said Daboll. “Give them credit. They made a few more plays than us.

The Giants would have loved to win this game, of course. He would clinch their playoff spot on Saturday. But, considering what happened with Detroit and Seattle, the loss isn’t that catastrophic. The Vikings were the last truly busy game on New York’s schedule. Now their postseason fate hinges on them taking business against two teams they are supposed to be taking business against.

The Colts are first. The Giants host them next Sunday at MetLife. Indy just moved to his third quarterback of the season: Nick Foles. Not that it should matter. Not only are the Colts lacking in talent, but their coaching situation is a complete joke for ESPN analyst Thurs Saturday serve as head coach. Daboll and his staff should be able to plot circles around Indy.

If things go haywire there, though, the Giants end the season on the road to Philadelphia. The Eagles are not like the Colts. They are immensely talented and incredibly well trained. They are one of the few teams this season to give the Giants a real shout out. But Philadelphia thinks it’s all over at that point. The Giants will not play on the Eagles’ varsity roster.

“I think our focus was today and to win the game today,” Jones said. “The fact that we didn’t is certainly disappointing. We will re-sharpen and see what we can do better.

The fact that this is the Giants’ reality is somewhat unbelievable. New York had all the makings of a team entering a complete rebuild this summer. Instead, Daboll has not only coached this team into playoff contention, he will almost certainly get into it.

Of course, no one in East Rutherford is allowing themselves to think about it yet. It wasn’t the talk at the start of the Vikings game. Nor will it come out. Barkley told reporters after the game that he didn’t know the results of Lions or Seahawks games until they told him. That’s how Daboll likes it.

The Giants have stressed all season the need to take things one game at a time. That’s exactly what they’ve done up to this point.

It’s a good thing they have.

They are now a postseason game.

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