Playoff atmosphere? More like play-in

Cowboys or Giants will win the disappointing NFC East, but can either go far in playoffs?

Originally Published: December 29, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The NFL couldn't be happier to see the New York Giants playing the Dallas Cowboys in a make-or-break game.

The NFC East has always been a big national draw. The Cowboys and Giants are two of the more marketable franchises in the NFL. Their games draw big ratings. Both teams have top quarterbacks, Tony Romo and Eli Manning.

Yet based on how this season has gone, this Sunday night is more of a play-in game than a playoff preview. This is obviously more significant than obtaining the ...

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