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NFL Playoff Picture: New York Giants Take Final Spot, Wild Card Round Schedule Set

A look at the 2012 NFL Playoff picture.

The NFL playoff picture is now set after the New York Giants secured the last spot in the NFC with a 31-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The Giants, who were responsible for two of the Washington Redskins' five wins on the season, emerged as the champions in a hotly-contested NFC East. Here are the final NFC East standings:

  1. New York Giants: 9-7 (3-3 in division)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles: 8-8 (5-1)
  3. Dallas Cowboys: 8-8 (2-4)
  4. Washington Redskins: 5-11 (2-4)

Related: Updated NFL Draft Order

Elsewhere, the Denver Broncos lost to Kansas City, but wrapped up a playoff spot with Oakland's loss to San Diego. Baltimore defeated Cincinnati to win the AFC North and get a first-round bye, but the Bengals still made the playoffs thanks to coming out on top in a number of tiebreakers. Here is the complete NFL Playoffs schedule for the first two rounds.

Saturday, January 7

No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at No. 3 Houston Texans (10-6), 4:30 p.m., NBC

No. 6 Detroit Lions (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (13-3), 8 p.m., NBC

Sunday, January 8

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at New York Giants (9-7), 1 p.m., FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at Denver Broncos (8-8), 4:30 p.m., CBS

Saturday, January 14

Saints, Giants or Falcons (highest remaining seed) at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3), 4:30 p.m., FOX

Broncos, Steelers or Bengals (lowest remaining seed at No. 1 New England Patriots (13-3), 8:00 p.m., CBS

Sunday, January 15

Texans, Broncos or Steelers (highest remaining seed) at No. 2 Baltimore Ravens (12-4), 1:00 p.m., CBS

Giants, Falcons or Lions (lowest remaining seed) at No. 1 Green Bay Packers (15-1), 4:30 p.m., FOX

For more on the 2011 NFL Playoffs, including a printable bracket, visit SBNation.com.