Giants set for Sunday scrap vs. Minnesota in first playoff appearance in 6 years
The NFL playoff field is set as the regular season came to an end Sunday night, and the Giants officially know where they’ll be headed next weekend.
The Giants wrapped up their most successful season since 2016 with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday evening. Head coach Brian Daboll rested quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and several other starters, with their playoff fate already decided.
The Giants will face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. in Minneapolis. It’ll be a rematch of a Christmas Eve thriller between the two teams, where Vikings kicker Greg Joseph hit a 61-yard field goal as time expired to beat New York.
“We’ve got to take these buses home, get in the training room, get in the meeting room and have our best week of preparation,” Daboll said Sunday.
Elsewhere across the league, the Bills grabbed an emotional win, with safety Damar Hamlin watching from his hospital bed. Running back Nyheim Hines scored two kick return touchdowns in their win over New England, including one to open the game.
The Bills, the No. 2 seed, will host the Miami Dolphins Sunday at 1 p.m. The Patriots were ultimately eliminated with the loss.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Eagles got the AFC and NFC’s top seeds, meaning they have a bye week next week.
Next week’s other playoff matchups include ex-Jets and Giants QB Geno Smith’s Seahawks playing the 49ers Saturday at 4:35 p.m., and the Los Angeles Chargers vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
The Baltimore Ravens face the defending AFC champion Bengals Sunday at 8:15 p.m. And Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys Monday at 8:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Jets’ long playoff drought, dating back to 2010, will continue after the team ended the season on a six-game losing streaking, unable to score a touchdown over their final three games.