If the Giants win out and either Dallas or Green Bay loses a game, New York holds the tiebreaker and would make the playoffs.
"We just take them one at a time, trying to do the best we can with our circumstance and then we'll see what happens," Coughlin said in reviewing Monday night's game. "We just have to win. We have to win games. We have to win."
New York has made the playoffs the last four years, but this year's late-season run is different.
Not only does New York need to play well this season, it needs help.
Dallas plays at Washington (4-10) on Sunday night and finishes at home against the Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) in a game that could decide the NFC East title. Green Bay is at home this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks (5-9) and travels to Arizona to play the Cardinals (9-5) in the regular-season finale.
"Anybody who saw it, and our players are going to see it over and over, they had to be impressed by it," said Coughlin, who noted that Carolina was physical in all three phases of the game and received strong play from their young quarterback, Matt Moore.
"There is an awful lot to look at, and again, like I said last week, it's on tape," Coughlin said. "There isn't anything you have to make up. It's there for the players to see. It was there versus Washington, and it's there versus Carolina."
Coughlin had no updates on injuries to left guard Rich Seubert (right knee) and rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (hamstring). Both were hurt Monday night. The coach also had no updates on cornerbacks Corey Webster (left knee), cornerback Aaron Ross (left hamstring) and right tackle Kareem McKenzie (left knee). All three missed the Redskins game.
"These things are going to take a while," Coughlin said. "We've got some guys who are sore and banged up, but who's going to be able to practice and who isn't? We're going to have to give it that extra day."
"I'm not going to speculate on that," Coughlin said. "Quite frankly, the play was on the other side of the field, and a lot of people rallied and got over there, which is something we don't want."
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