Why we think the Giants can win this year

The Giants are in a position to make the playoffs in the NFC West, but they still have to beat the Falcons in a divisional round playoff game to have any chance at winning the Super Bowl.

Here are some key takeaways from Week 15.1.

New York still has some work to do.

This is an interesting stretch for the Giants as they begin a five-game homestand.

It has been four weeks since they won at home and two weeks since the team has lost a home game.

This stretch has been tough on the offense.

New Orleans has dominated New York, scoring touchdowns on 25 of 39 third-down conversions and holding the Giants to one of the league’s lowest rushing totals of 32.1 yards per game.

The Giants have had to go to the ground often, holding New Orleans to the third-fewest rushing yards per attempt (5.2) and yards per carry (4.4).

The Giants are trying to be competitive, but it will be a challenge against the Falcons, who have averaged 24.3 points per game during the five-week stretch.

Atlanta has given up at least 24 points in five of the past six games, but the Falcons have averaged 25.3 per game over that span.

This will be another test for Eli Manning, who is coming off his third consecutive 100-yard game against the Saints.

Manning was sacked nine times on Sunday.

He has faced two teams that allowed more than 150 yards rushing, including a Giants defense that surrendered a league-high 148 yards on 25 carries.

The defense has allowed an average of 171.2 yards rushing in its last five games.

The Giants defense has forced two fumbles, which was the most in the NFL this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.1-2.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Giants’ three-game winning streak against the 49ers.

They had two big plays on Sunday, when Manning threw for a career-high 355 yards and two touchdowns, and the Giants got back into the game when Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes.

Manning had a career day with six touchdown passes in a 20-14 win at home on Dec. 31.

He threw for four touchdowns in a 24-20 win at San Francisco on Nov. 3.

It was his first career 100-yards passing game, surpassing the previous record of 3,383 set by Tom Brady.

The only other 100-all game in Giants history was Brady’s record-setting 2006 game against Denver.