Giants lose (and then lose again and again and again this weekend)
Certainly the 26-6 showing in Denver was a low point of the weekend for the Giants. But in terms of the playoff picture, all of the teams that the Giants are competing with won their games. That would be the Cowboys, the Eagles, the Packers and the Falcons.
Heck, even the 49ers pulled out a win to creep back into the conversation.
So as of today, the playoff scenario looks like this:
Division leaders: New Orleans (10-0 playing tonight), Minnesota (10-1), Dallas (8-3) and Arizona (7-4).
Wild cards: Eagles (7-4), Packers (7-4).
Outside looking in: Giants (6-5), Falcons (6-5), 49ers (5-6).
So technically the Giants are in the same place they were before the weekend started, third place in the wild card standings. And they still have the head-to-head with the Eagles next week.
The Giants can take control of things by winning these next two games. If they do that and the Eagles and Cowboys, for argument's sake, lose their other game in that two week stretch (a good possibility with Philly playing at Atlanta and Dallas playing the surging Chargers), then all of a sudden the NFC East standings would look like this:
Giants (8-5), Cowboys (8-5), Eagles (7-7).
Even if the Cowboys and Eagles win their non-Giants games in the next two weeks, then the standings look like this:
Cowboys (9-4), Giants (8-5), Eagles (8-5).
Of course that's all dependent on the Giants winning the next two games to set up the stretch run. For a team that has won just one game since the middle of October and has looked awful at times doing so, the mathematics may be the only thing to be optimistic about.