Giants vie for more than NY bragging rights

Both New York Football teams are in desperate need of a win and this week's battle could mark a turning point in their seasons.

Sunday will mark the 13th regular sesaon meeting between the Jets and Giants with Big Blue currently leading the all-time series 8-4.  In their last meeting on Dec. 24, 2011, the Giants earned a 29-14 victory that sparked them to an improbable run to the Lombardi Trophy. The Jets, on the other hand, finished the year 8-8 and fell into a downward spiral that spelled the beginning of the end for Rex Ryan's reign with Gang Green. 

The memorable contest on Christmas Eve four years ago still brings a smile to the faces of Giants fans and pain and anguish for the Jets faithful.  

Now with both team desperately fighting for a playoff spot, the loser in Week 13 could be on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. 

The Giants were in control of the NFC East heading into last Sunday, but the Redskins jumped out to an early 20-0 and held off a furious late game comeback from Big Blue to seal the win. The loss dropped the Giants to 5-6 on the season and allowed Washington to take over first place in the division. The Giants will need to finish ahead of the Redskins with only four games remaining if they have any dreams of playing in January. 

Meanwhile, the Jets started the season strong out of the gate by opening up at 4-1, but would drop four of their next five games to sink to 5-5 heading into last week's matchup with the Dolphins. 

With Jets fans clamoring for a quarterback change and questioning the decision-making of Todd Bowles, Gang Green answered the bell in Week 12 shellacking Miami 38-20 in their most dominating performance so far this year.

The Jets (6-5) and the Giants (5-6) face nothing short of a must-win game at MetLife Stadium if either wants a realistic chance at postseason glory.

Tom Coughlin knows all to well just how much one victory changed the course of two franchises the last time these two teams met and the Week 13 battle will have much more on the line than just bragging rights in New York. 

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