EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Being eliminated from playoff contention is nothing new for the New York Giants. It's now happened four times in five years.
The change this season is having it occur in early December.
For the first time since Tom Coughlin took over as coach in 2004, the Giants (5-8) knew on Monday they were out of the postseason picture with three weeks left in the season.
The end came Sunday in San Diego when the Chargers posted a 37-14 victory, leaving the Giants with nothing to play for but pride and jobs.
The Giants will get a chance to show their pride Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks (11-2), arguably the NFC's best team.
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