New York Giants No Longer Control Their Playoff Fate: Even if the Giants win their final two games of the season– most likely an overly optimistic scenario regardless given the way the team has been playing – the Giants can still miss the playoffs under the following scenario:

If the Eagles beat the Cowboys and then the Eagles lose the following weekend against the Falcons; the Falcons beats the Panthers this weekend; and the Cowboys beat the Lions in their finale. All of those things would have to happen for the Giants to miss the playoffs if they win their last two games.

On the other hand, the Giants could also clinch a playoff spot this weekend if they beat the Saints under either of the following two scenarios:

(1) A Giants win + a Minnesota loss or tie + an Atlanta loss + a Philadelphia win or tie + a Seattle win or tie.

(2) A Giants win + a Minnesota loss or tie + an Atlanta loss + a Philadelphia win or tie + a San Francisco loss or tie.

Injury Update: HB Brandon Jacobs (ankle) and OG/OC/TE Rich Seubert (knee) were injured in the game against the Eagles. Their availability for this weekend’s game against the Saints will be known later this week.

The Giants hope to have DE Michael Strahan (foot) return to the playing field this weekend. “We’re trying for it to be this week,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. Strahan said his chances of playing are “50-50.”

The Giants also hope to have CB Corey Webster (turf toe) and OC Shaun O’Hara (ankle) back. “We’ll see,” said Coughlin about their availability.

Notes: Green Bay Packers’ Offensive Coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski will reportedly be named the next head coach at Boston College. Giants’ Quarterback Coach Kevin Gilbride had been considered for the position.

Results of Pro Bowl voting will be released today.