With Week 18 approaching, the New York Giants have the sixth seed in the NFC already clinched.
No matter what happens this weekend, their position won’t change.
However, their opponent has yet to be determined.
It is down to just two teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings.
Here is a look at these two matchups, and an idea of who Giants fans may way to root for this weekend.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Despite losing two quarterbacks this season, the 49ers are one of the NFL’s best teams right now.
The team has won nine straight since losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.
Their addition of Christian McCaffrey, along with the stellar play of Brock Purdy at QB, has made their offense one of the league’s best.
Brock Purdy now has multiple TD passes in all four of his starts! @Brockpurdy13
— NFL (@NFL) January 1, 2023
Along with this, their defense has proven themselves throughout the season.
They rank towards the top of the league by every measurement.
As such, many are giving this team Super Bowl aspirations.
This would be a tough matchup, especially with how well the 49ers are playing as of late.
1. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings have had arguably one of the weirdest seasons in NFL history.
They are 12-4 and have run away with the NFC North.
However, they’ve had embarrassing losses to the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
They have also only seemed to play one-score games, which they are an unprecedented 11-0 in.
While many consider them to be an overrated team, they have played in pressure-packed close games and come away with wins.
Veteran QB Kirk Cousins leads them with the ultra-talented Justin Jefferson as a wide receiver.
Pro football can so hard to dissect accurately. Would the average person (or reporter!) look at this Justin Jefferson TD and think it’s extraordinary? But Kevin O’Connell said it was the best route he has run all year and keeps raving about it. pic.twitter.com/73MF4gd32F
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 28, 2022
Their defense is a weak point, ranking toward the bottom of the NFL in points and yards allowed.
This looks like a good matchup for the Giants on paper, but the Vikings also beat them 27-24 on Dec. 24 with a game-winning field goal.
Either way you look at it, the Giants will be underdogs for Super Wild Card weekend.
They will have an uphill battle in the playoffs, but the Vikings give them the best matchup.