NFL Playoff Scenarios: Breaking Down How New York Giants Sneak into Postseason

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 28, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants reacts after an injury to Chris Snee #76 against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have the most improbable playoff scenario of any NFL team alive.

According to Bovada, they have 75-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. Just to put that probability into perspective, that’s the same ratio which Bloomberg reported the Cleveland Browns had before the season began.

What needs to happen on Sunday for the G-Men to tip toe into the postseason is so complicated that doesn’t even attempt to explain it in its Playoff Picture

But despite what the NFL’s official website may tell you, New York is mathematically alive. In fact, it even has better odds to make the playoffs than Tom Coughlin has to get struck by lightning in his lifetime. And here’s how it sneaks in.


Green Bay Packers Beat Minnesota Vikings

This one isn’t difficult to imagine.

Green Bay would be resting its starters if it wasn’t screwed over by the replacement refs against the Seattle Seahawks. Instead, it’ll play like a first-round bye is on the line. Because one is.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 210 yards against the Packers in Week 13 and Minnesota still couldn’t win. They’ll sweep the Vikings and keep New York alive.


Detroit Lions Beat Chicago Bears

And this is where the Giants need a miracle.

Detroit has lost seven straight games, which is the longest losing streak in the league. The Lions have been able to keep it close several times, but they almost always find a way to escape with the L.

While Jim Schwartz’s crew doesn’t give the G-Men much reason to believe, Chicago’s offense should. Jay Cutler has thrown 14 interceptions this season and been sacked 36 times. The Bears should be heavily favored in this ballgame, but they’re erratic enough to lose to the Lions.


Washington Redskins Beat Dallas Cowboys

New York knows as well as anyone what Robert Griffin III is capable of.

RGIII and the Skins are on a six-game winning streak and have shown no signs of slowing down. In their way are the Cowboys who just lost to Washington in Week 12. At home, the Redskins should take care of business and come to the Giants’ aid.


New York Giants Beat Philadelphia Eagles

Oh yeah. New York needs all of that to happen and it needs to come away with its own victory.

Philadelphia is 1-10 in its last 11 games, so the G-Men’s opposition is easy prey. Of course, Philly beat them in their first meeting and the Giants have lost their last two games by the combined score of 67-14.

OK. Maybe Coughlin is more likely to get struck by lightning.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.