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If we lose to the Giants Sunday...

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...and that's a big if, I think we can take a little solace in the fact that the recent trend is for the team that lost in the regular season to take the game in the postseason.

The Giants did it to the Pats, and on our road to the superbowl in 2003 we beat two teams that had crushed us in the regular season in Philly and Dallas. A win would be great, as it would lock up homefield throughout, but I don't mind the idea of facing the Giants in the playoffs as underdogs.

I guess you could argue that the way they've been playing down the stretch, there's a chance the Giants won't even make it to the NFC championship game.

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The most ideal situation in my mind would be for us to beat them and pray that another team takes them out in the postseason earlier than the NFC Championship Game, assuming we make it. I think many people, even in spite of New York's recent slide, just assume they'll make it to that game. I take solace knowing two playoff contenders--Dallas and Philadelphia--have already beaten them.

Also, Arizona really hung with them in their game. It's not out of the question they learn from their mistakes and knock them off. Of course, I hope the Cards don't learn from their mistakes from our game if we play them again. ;)

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4 things and 4 things only happen

1) we sweep them

2) they win the first game and we win the second

3) they beat us but then get beat out of the playoffs by someone else

4) they lose to us and then get beat before the NFCCG

at any rate i can easily see us sweeping them but i can't see them sweeping us.

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Excessive use of the word "solace" in this thread...offense....15 yards....repeat first post.

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Quite simply...BECAUSE DALLAS DID NOT LOSE, we have to beat the Giants or it might all come down to the Saints.

If Tampa, Atlanta, and Dallas win their last two, if we were to lose to the Saints after losing to the Giants, we would not be in the Playoffs, because all three of those teams have the tiebreaker over us.

While the Panthers will clinch the top seed in the NFC and home-field advantage until the Super Bowl with a victory at the New York Giants (11-3) Sunday night, they still haven't locked up a playoff berth.

If the Panthers lose to the Giants and a week later at New Orleans, they'll miss the playoffs if Dallas, Tampa Bay and Atlanta all finish 2-0. That would leave all four teams 11-5 and the Panthers would lose the tiebreaker.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/15/sports/FBN-Balanced-Panthers.php

Dallas better lose Thursday, since the Giants couldn't knock them off. Hopefully Minnesota will take care of Atlanta.

Win Sunday, and you lock up both a playoff berth and a #1 seed, but that's HARDER than having someone else lose.

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It's pretty much a give in this team will be 12-4. Either, we win against NYG and clinch homefield and rest against the Saints, or we lose at NYG and win a crucial game in NO to clinch the 2 seed.

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Win or lose i want the team to stay humble. Should we get home field advantage it would be great but i want them to play with the same intensity as they have had on the road in the playoffs of years past. Save the NFCCG with the Seacocks.

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...and that's a big if, I think we can take a little solace in the fact that the recent trend is for the team that lost in the regular season to take the game in the postseason.

The Giants did it to the Pats, and on our road to the superbowl in 2003 we beat two teams that had crushed us in the regular season in Philly and Dallas. A win would be great, as it would lock up homefield throughout, but I don't mind the idea of facing the Giants in the playoffs as underdogs.

I guess you could argue that the way they've been playing down the stretch, there's a chance the Giants won't even make it to the NFC championship game.

I think we will win but *even* if we lose I think the Gmen will be the *worst* playoff team and the team with the least momentum. They have lost 2 straight, play us and the vikes and I think they have a good chance of going 0-2, or if they beat us 1-1.

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Yeah, a thread about teams losing, then winning in the playoff been made several times. Some dont believe it in, some do. I do

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I hoping for two wins against the Giants this year.

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losing this game wouldn't be that big of a deal to me. The playoffs are a completely different story and playing with a sense of alarm is great for our team and their emotional play. I feel a home field would be great but also create lethargic/comfortable play. Unfamiliarity can be a good thing sometimes.

No use in debating it though. What happens, happens, and you gotta play the game no matter what.

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Losing this game only scares me if Dallas wins against Baltimore. We need Dallas to lose so we can at least clinch the playoffs and then we can breathe a sigh of relief and really go after the Gaints.

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