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NFC Playoff Picture: Giants have 'more to get done'

The New York Giants remained in first place in the NFC East Sunday, but have a tougher schedule than the Dallas Cowboys or Washington Redskins the rest of the way.

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The New York Giants maintained their one-game lead over the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins with Sunday's 52-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints. As head coach Tom Coughlin said after the game, however, "we've got more to get done."

The Giants are 8-5 with three games to play, but Dallas and Washington (each 7-6) remained on their heels with dramatic last-second victories. Both teams looked ready to go down to defeat until the closing moments as they each pulled off come-from behind victories. Dallas defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-19, and the Redskins rallied past the Baltimore Ravens, 31-28, despite losing Robert Griffin III to a knee injury.

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The Giants are a team that never makes it easy on themselves, so Giants' fans likely expected the Cowboys and Redskins to keep the pressure on their team. Asked about narrowly missing the possibility of opening a two-game lead in the division with three to play, Coughlin said "We couldn't stand for that."

Truth is, he is probably right.

Here is a look at the remaining schedules for each of the teams.

Giants: at Atlanta Falcons; at Baltimore Ravens; vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Cowboys: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers; vs. New Orleans Saints; at Washington Redskins

Redskins: at Cleveland Browns; at Philadelphia Eagles; vs. Dallas Cowboys