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Giants need a transformation and a lot of help to make the postseason

  • New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on in the final moments of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Baltimore won 33-14. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on in the final moments of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Baltimore won 33-14. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Baltimore won 33-14. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Baltimore won 33-14. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning gets up after being knocked over by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning gets up after being knocked over by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

The New York Giants won't go down without a fight despite throwing away control of their playoff destiny with lopsided losses the past two weeks.

Coach Tom Coughlin was perplexed Monday when asked about the embarrassing losses to Atlanta and Baltimore that have left the defending Super Bowl champions needing a ton of help to get back to the postseason.

New York (8-7) has to beat Philadelphia, have Minnesota and Chicago (both 9-6) lose and have Dallas (8-7) tie or lose to Washington.

Coughlin admitted that was a long shot. Barring that, he just wants the Giants to play well after another second-half collapse that has them on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third time in four years.

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