Lions still control playoff fate despite loss to Giants

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That's not an easy question to answer.

NO RUNNING: The Lions and Giants are among the NFL's worst rushing teams.

They're doing some good things.

According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) is a "longshot" to play this week vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants corner is now Pro Football Focus' fifth-best corner this season. Detroit's red zone turnovers early and late were issues. Led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is enjoying a stellar season, the Lions lead the league in fourth quarter comebacks. Detroit trailed 10-3 at halftime and won the third quarter 3-0.

The Giants defense bottled up the Lions offense Sunday. Burfict and Jones each got a personal foul on Sunday - Pittsburgh's Marcus Gilbert had one as well - as the animosity continued. "So right there at the end of it, it would have been throwing a challenge on an uncertain situation because we really didn't know", he said. "To do it here and have 10 wins and be in a position to hold our destiny and make it to the postseason, that is exactly where we want to be".

Add in another Odell Beckham Jr. one-hand touchdown catch to delight replay fanatics and the Giants have inched closer to their first playoff berth since 2011, and maybe more, with a win that snapped the NFC North-leading Lions' five-game winning streak.

"We're playing on a football field, the same football field the same size as every football field - we don't play cities", Lawson said about Detroit's trip to Dallas. "The field determines everything".

"That penalty was big", Apple said.

After the game, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Slay will undergo an MRI on Monday. This game was important to both teams because it would heavily impact each teams playoff chances and possible playoff seeding. "That's our goal. Our goal was always to get to the playoffs".

"He has the same sort of mental makeup and you'd have to certainly attribute that to Archie and Olivia", Caldwell said of the quarterbacks' parents.

And the vast majority of those were made by the Giants' defense, the reason Big Blue suddenly looks like a serious challenger for the NFC championship, conjuring up the ghosts of some of the great units from the franchise's storied past without a lot of fanfare. "It's just kind of, I don't know". "We're on the right pace. Dallas is next and I expect our best at Dallas". They guaranteed themselves a winning season with last week's win.

They'd better get as salty as their coach about in execution and effort.