The Giants are currently on the outside looking in at the NFC East division title - they need a win over Dallas and a Washington loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to be playing football beyond Sunday.
But whether it's a 6-10 finish with or without a playoff spot, or a fourth-straight season with no more than five wins, head coach Joe Judge that things are going in the right direction.
"I’m proud of the culture and the foundation we’ve laid and the work ethic and urgency we’ve instilled in these players going forward," said the first-year head coach. "That being said, there are a lot of things we need to do better as an organization across the board going forward.
"We have to keep building this thing in the right direction. But I know there’s a vision going forward and there are a lot of people pointing in the right direction right now."
Judge said that "no one game" can justify an entire legacy of a season - despite a portion of the Giants' destiny riding on it.
"I think there are a lot of things in terms of what we set out to accomplish this year that no one game is going to go ahead and define the season," Judge told reporters on Friday.
Judge said that even with a loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, because of the growth of the team since Week 1, this season "absolutely" can be considered a success, no matter Sunday's result.
"But that being said," added Judge, "look, our job is to go out and win on Sunday. We’re doing everything we can right now to go out there and win a football game."