Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Pat Shurmur Thinks Giants Are Close To Being A Playoff Team

December 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- 2019 will be another year without postseason football being played at MetLife Stadium. 

The Jets are 4-11, and the Giants' record of 5-10 isn't much better. Pat Shurmur's squad started the year 1-7, but their fortunes have improved a bit since then. At one point they won four out of five games and kept their miniscule hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. 

Now, the Giants have lost two in a row and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. 

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Despite the team's struggles at the beginning and end of the season, Shurmur was bullish about the team's future on Monday as he spoke to reporters on a conference call. The Giants' head coach was asked if he thinks his team is close to being a playoff team. 

"I think we are, but you've got to win ... You have to go out and take these wins. Nobody gives you anything ... in this league you have to go take it and find ways to get the victory at the end of the game."

The Giants certainly had an opportunity to win on Sunday. They led the Indianapolis Colts 17-7 at halftime but ultimately threw the game away late in the fourth quarter. Collapsing late in the game is an issue that has reared its ugly head time and again this season for the Giants. Defensive issues are apparent, but the team has only scored three points in the fourth quarter of their last three games. 

"It's a painful process until we're winning all of these games at the end and not just a few," said Shurmur. "We all know it comes down to a few critical plays at the end."

Week 17 gives the Giants a chance to win their sixth game of the season. They welcome the Cowboys to New Jersey on December 30.