For nearly a full month, it appeared as if everything was falling the New York Giants’ way. The teams they needed to lose were losing, the teams they needed to win were winning and, above all else, they had ripped off a two-game winning streak of their own.
Because of that trend, the Giants had an opportunity to scale a peak on Sunday and finally, officially, climb out of the basement of the NFC East.
It wasn’t meant to be, however. Instead, the Giants lost in crushing fashion on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, essentially ending their potential miracle run and thrusting the franchise back into a state of heartbroken disrepair.
Here’s a look at how the NFC East shapes up entering Week 13:
After three consecutive wins, including a much-needed Thanksgiving Day victory over the Redskins, Dallas now finds themselves back in the driver’s seat of the NFC East. The road gets no easier for them from here with the New Orleans Saints on tap, but for now, they’re right where they want to be and control their own destiny.
The Redskins once held a strong NFC East lead, but after losing quarterback Alex Smith for the season and dropping three of their last four games, including a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Cowboys, that lead has officially evaporated. Washington now finds themselves tied with Dallas atop the division as Philadelphia looms closely behind.
It took everything the Eagles had, but they saved their season in Week 12 with a comeback victory over the Giants. It moved the defending Super Bowl champions to within one game of the NFC East lead and set up and interesting divisional race down the stretch. The only team not invited is the Giants.
So close. That will be the theme of the 2018 New York Giants from now until forever. They were close again on Sunday, losing a handle on a game they should have won, falling back down in the NFC East and ultimately ending their season. It was the sixth game this season the Giants lost by one touchdown or less and the ninth game this season that finished within one score.