Giants defense rises to Pats' challenge

Coughlin, players see 15-0 New England as perfect playoff tuneup

December 28, 2007|By Erik Boland

New York -- New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora found religion while talking about the New England Patriots' offense.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced his intention Wednesday to play his starters tomorrow night against the undefeated Patriots, answering the long-pondered question of whether the Giants would play to win. The question Giants defensive players answered yesterday revolved around whether they actually can.

Patriots@Giants Tomorrow, 8:15 p.m., chs. 13, 9, 11, 4, NFL Line: Patriots by 13 1/2

Week 17 playoff scenarios

AFC

CLINCHED: New England, East Division and home-field advantage; Indianapolis, South Division and first-round bye; Pittsburgh, North Division; San Diego, West Division; Jacksonville, playoff berth.

ELIMINATED: Miami, N.Y. Jets, Kansas City, Oakland, Ravens, Cincinnati, Houston, Buffalo, Denver.

CLEVELAND: Can clinch playoff berth with loss by Tennessee, or win or tie and Tennessee tie.

TENNESSEE: Can clinch playoff berth with win or tie and Cleveland loss.

NFC

CLINCHED: Dallas, East Division and home-field advantage; Green Bay, North Division and first-round bye; Seattle, West Division; Tampa Bay, South Division; N.Y. Giants, playoff berth.

ELIMINATED: San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, Arizona, Philadelphia, Detroit, Carolina. WASHINGTON: Can clinch with win or tie and Minnesota loss or tie, or loss and Minnesota loss and New Orleans loss.

MINNESOTA: Can clinch with win and Washington loss or tie, or tie and Washington loss.

NEW ORLEANS: Can clinch with win and Washington loss and Minnesota loss.

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