The NY Giants would host the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card round if the season ended today, but what would the line be? How NFC Bracket currently looks
The NY Giants are in first place in the NFC East, in full command of the division race this late into the season for the first time in five years, and if the season ended today would host a playoff game at MetLIfe Stadium on Wild Card weekend.
Following an 0-5, and then 1-7 start, who saw that coming?
The Giants’ opponent for that opening round playoff game would be the same team they dismantled 17-12 on the road on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks.
However, as convincing as Sunday’s victory was on both sides of the ball for the Giants, Las Vegas wasn’t impressed.
SportsLine.com oddsmakers tell GMenHQ that the Giants would open up as 5.5-point home underdogs in the rematch against Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and the Seahawks.
The Giants’ defense, led by Leonard Williams’ 2.5 sacks sacked Wilson five times while applying relentless pressure up front and blanket coverage downfield. Meanwhile, on offense, Alfred Morris scored two touchdowns and Wayne Gallman rushed for a career-high 135 yards.
Sunday’s game is the blueprint for playoff success, but just how far might Joe Judge’s Giants be able to ride a suddenly menacing defense and dominant ground game?
Here’s a look at what the current NFC Playoff bracket looks like:
No. 1 seed: New Orleans Saints (10-2) BYE
No. 7 seed Minnesota Vikings (6-6) @ No. 2 seed Green Bay Packers (9-3)
No. 6 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-6) @ No. 3 seed Los Angeles Rams (8-4)
No. 5 seed Seattle Seahawks (8-4) @ No. 4 seed New York Giants (4-8)
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.