Giants Clinch Playoff Berth

The Giants secured their first playoff berth since 2002 when Minnesota lost at Baltimore. But knowing they are in the postseason tournament will not cause the Giants to relax, because their focus remains on winning the NFC East championship, which they can do with a New Year's Eve victory over the Raiders in Oakland.

"We're looking to win this coming weekend so that we (can) say we won the division," coach Tom Coughlin said.

The Giants will play their first postseason game on Jan. 7 or 8. They are currently seeded fourth in the NFC. The Giants can move as high as the third seed or as low as the sixth, depending on the outcomes of the games this weekend. If they beat the Raiders to capture the division, the Giants will be seeded no lower than fourth and will host their first postseason game. Should the Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both win, the Giants will remain fourth, with the Bucs third. If Tampa Bay loses and the Giants and Carolina Panthers win, then the third seed will likely be decided on strength of victory between the Giants and Panthers, which might not be decided until the Dallas-St. Louis Sunday night game is completed.

*The playoff berth is the franchise's 27th, which ties Dallas, which currently has 27 postseason appearances, and the Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams for the most in NFL history.

Coughlin has now led his team to the playoffs in five of his 10 seasons as an NFL head coach. He is 4-4 in the playoffs.

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