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How can Giants clinch a playoff berth in Week 16?

The Giants are on the verge of a playoff berth. We break down how they can clinch a spot in the 2023 NFL Playoffs in Week 16.

Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants celebrates with Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants after a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on December 18, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Update: The Giants had everything go right for them this week except winning their game. The Lions, Seahawks and Commanders all lost, which is helpful because they lost as well. They control their playoff future, but they need to win next week against the Colts to seal the deal.

Results: The Giants lost to the Vikings 27-24. After an impressive comeback, it took a 61-yard field goal as time expired to give Minnesota the win. In order to clinch a playoff spot this week, they had to win, so the losses by Detroit and Seattle don’t help them. New York will face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17.

The New York Giants got a huge win last week over the Washington Commanders that allowed them to firm up their playoff position. They have some work in front of them, but Week 16 brings them an opportunity to clinch a wild card berth. The Giants travel to face the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday and with a win and some help can punch their ticket for the 2023 NFL Playoffs.

How Giants can clinch playoff berth this week

The Giants are a four-point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Vikings are coming off a huge comeback win over the Colts, and one has to wonder if they build on that momentum or are in store for a letdown.

New York has three clinching scenarios this weekend, and all require them beating the Vikings. Additionally, they will need one of the following:

  • Commanders and Lions lose
  • Commanders and Seahawks lose
  • Lions and Seahawks lose

The Commanders are traveling to face the 49ers and are a touchdown underdog. The Lions are traveling to face the Panthers and are a field goal underdog. The Seahawks are traveling to face the Chiefs and are a ten-point underdog. None of this matters if the Giants can’t beat the Vikings, but they have a realistic shot at clinching a playoff berth this weekend if they can get the upset in Minneapolis.