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David J. Phillip,File, Associated Press
FILE-This Aug. 15, 2011 file photo shows New York Jets coach Rex Ryan during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Ryan got on the phone, paused for a second and then offered the one positive thought he could come up with. "Well, I got up this morning," the New York Jets coach deadpanned, "so that's a good thing." But Ryan was just getting started on setting the tone Monday Dec. 19, 2011 for a wild week leading up to a huge showdown with the rival Giants. For anyone who wondered whether the bold and brash coach would be muffled by what he called a "horrible performance" against the Philadelphia Eagles, not a chance.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When it comes to trash talking about bragging rights for New York, Tom Coughlin and the Giants are going to yield to Rex Ryan and the Jets.

Ryan and the Jets (8-6) can call themselves the big brothers in the metropolitan area or say they are the better team all they want. The Giants (7-7) don't care. The only thing important for both teams is winning Saturday and keeping their playoffs hopes alive.

And make no mistake, both are desperate.

The Giants enter the penultimate week trailing Dallas by a game in the NFC East. If New York can win out, it will capture the division and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Two wins probably will make the Jets a playoff team again.