CBS New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Heading into the final seven games of the regular season, things are looking up for the New York Giants.

Forget that the Giants (5-4) have to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday in their final game before a bye. Even though they have played the Patriots well, few expect them to win.

The exciting part for Tom Coughlin’s team is it has a legitimate shot to make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. The Giants not only have a half-game lead on Philadelphia (4-4) in the NFC East, but they seem to be improving.

The offense is starting to click with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., leading the way. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has returned after losing a finger in a July 4 fireworks accident. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is close to returning from…

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