The Giants are committed to a playoff push that begins with beating Tom Brady

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It’s Tom Brady Week, and for Giants fans that voice will bring back so many sweet memories. Brady has won five of six career regular-season starts against his team, but the statistic certainly meets with this two-word response – at home of a traditional quarterback – especially at a traditional quarterback’s home:

Who cares?

Two Sundays in early February doesn’t matter at all about the Giants-Brady. Eli Manning won two Super Bowl MVP titles (along with Escalade and Corvette) at Brady’s expense, and after his second victory in Indianapolis a decade ago, Eli was cited as the greatest offensive player in franchise history. Bass, John Mara.

Those days were my friend, and Giants fans thought they would never end. It is certain that he alone ended up in hell in a flash. The Giants have managed seven losing seasons since that magical night and are working on 3-6, now eight out of 10. He was 60-93 in the regular season and 21-52 from his postseason game – the infamous no-show show in Green Bay after the infamous no-shirt photo op in South Beach.

The Giants have pushed their fans to hell and the time has come for them to shorten the break. On Monday, after returning from bye week, Joe Judge called his former New England co-worker Brady “probably the greatest player to ever play the game.” But GOAT only lost back-to-back games to Taylor Hainick’s Washington football team and the James Winston / Trevor Siemian Saints’ mediocre games. Another underwhelming team like the Daniel Jones Giants – an overtime forced two-point conversion against Brady last year – why can’t the defending champion Bucks make a three-peat?

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Giants head coach Joe Judge called Tom Brady “probably the greatest player ever to play.”
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But if you don’t expect Brady to miss a third straight game, it follows at home, the Giants’ league’s most forgiving schedule. Philadelphia. In Miami. At the Chargers. Cowboys. In Philly. In Chicago. Washington.

If the Giants believe their co-owner, Mara, will win five or six games, finish with eight or nine victories, and hope it is enough to earn the NFC’s final wild-card slot – a spot in the seventh conference. Today, the Giants are already No. 1 seeded opponent, Carolina. 7 is just one game on the losing court behind the team. They also won against the 6th ranked team, the Saints.

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Tom Brady and the Buccaneers enter their matchup with the Giants coming off a back-to-back loss.
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Now Mara thinks what these giants can and should be. In March, he told The Post that the roster was “good enough to make the playoffs.” In the same interview with Mara, “without any hesitation,” he sees Jones as the future Super Bowl winner, who “can collect so many awards if we put the right pieces around him.… I believe the sky is the limit with him.”

With 35 NFL starts behind him, Jones, sixth-overall pick, Heineke (undrafted, 10 starts) and Philly’s Jalen Hurts (53rd-overall pick, 14 starts) have no excuse to beat him to second. The NFC East effectively eliminates both teams from playoff contention. The Giants Divisional Cause is helped by the return of second-overall pick Saquon Barkley, but Washington will go the rest of the season without its second-overall pick Chase Young.

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Daniel Jones has no excuse not to push the Giants to second place in the NFC East.
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Seems strange, the Giants have a somewhat plausible path to the postseason in extended playoff format. Asked if he had talked to his players about the possibility of the game yet, the judges defaulted to coachpeak, saying:

“Now, our job is to prepare for Tampa. All those other games are fiction. You can’t begin to look beyond the things that don’t exist. [with] Probably the greatest player to ever play a game on a ship. So we have plenty of things to prepare for. Talking about fairies? We have a lot of real things coming up in a week’s time.

The judge said he fully “accepts” the challenge facing Brady, and that his defenders are best served against the 44-year-old, seven-time champion.

“You’re not going to go in and throw a thing at this guy and think it works for 60 minutes,” the judge said.

Mara told The Post last month that her second-year coach is “happy with the way the team has commanded” and “the players still believe in him.” So if the referee is the right guy for the job and Jones is a star in the making and the roster is a playoff roster and Barkley is healthy, the Giants should go ahead and beat Brady for the old-timers, or at least rip off their soft schedule following Tampa and conquer that last wild-card spot.

Their startled fans deserve nothing less.

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