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Giants' huge upset win in Seattle helps NFC East title odds

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It wasn't exactly pretty, but the New York Giants went into Seattle on Sunday and pulled off an upset Sunday that will greatly impact the race to a division title in the NFC East.

Taking down the Seahawks 17-12 -- without quarterback Daniel Jones -- the Giants now sit at 5-7 and in sole possession of first place in the division. The Washington Football Team has a chance to match that record on Monday against the Steelers, but New York's two wins over Washington give it the tiebreaker advantage.

The Giants were aided by performances from familiar names in Washington. Former Washington running back Alfred Morris provided two touchdowns, one of which came on a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy who spent six seasons in Washington.

New York also received a strong showing from running back Wayne Gallman, who ran for 135 yards while filling in as the workhorse tailback with Saquon Barkley out for the season with an injury.

The most impressive work on the afternoon, however, belongs to the Giants defense. A unit that has continued to come into its own throughout the season had potentially its best game of 2020 against the Seahawks.

Forcing multiple turnovers, the defense stifled an explosive Seattle offense that featured the likes of DK Metcalf and MVP candidate Russell Wilson. The Seahawks were unable to find much consistency throughout the contest, and not even a classic scenario of Wilson having the ball for one final drive stood a chance. 

 

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For New York, the road win could be the major difference-maker in the race for an NFC East title. As the underdog going in, it wasn't a game that was expected to be included in the race for six or seven wins that could wrap up the division.

Yet, by defying the odds, the Giants could find themselves with the inside track to the playoffs depending on how Washington fares against the undefeated Steelers on Monday. Should Washington fall -- and since Philadelphia lost to the Packers -- New York could have a one-game lead in the NFC East and the important tiebreaker over Washington. The team is also optimistic that Jones can return in Week 14

Therefore, it may only take one or two more wins for Big Blue to claim the wild division. With games against the Browns, Cardinals, Ravens and Cowboys remaining, it won't be easy. But, given the way New York has performed in recent weeks, the opportunity is there.