It was that kind of division and 2020 was that kind of year.
For the New York Giants, the path to the postseason required a win over the Dallas Cowboys and a Philadelphia Eagles win over the Washington Football Team.
Part one of that equation was a success. The Giants defeated the Cowboys for the first time since the 2016 season.
It was a terrific way for Joe Judge's first year to end.
The Giants did not quit after a 1-7 start, and shockingly at 6-10 had a reason to watch Sunday Night Football to see if their season would continue beyond Week 17.
For three quarters, there was a 50/50 shot of playoff football at Met Life Stadium as the Eagles kept the game close against Washington.
That all went out the window in the fourth quarter to the dismay of Giants fans, football fans and the NBC broadcast team.
The Philadelphia Eagles in a three-point game basically punted the entire fourth quarter.
Coach Doug Pederson benched Jalen Hurts and threw inexperienced quarterback Nate Sudfeld to the wolves, ensuring the victory for Washington.
It was pretty obvious that the Eagles and their head coach did not prioritize winning the football game.
Is that going to upset the football purist? Absolutely. Is it going to sit well with Joe Judge and the New York Giants? No chance.
However, the Philadelphia Eagles owe the New York Giants nothing. How they want to handle Week 17 is their business.
You may not like it, you may not agree with it, but that’s how it is.
The Giants made progress in the second half of the season, but the idea that they were owed something on Sunday is ridiculous.
When it comes to Week 17, don't put your playoff fate in another team's hands. If you want to be a playoff team, win more than six games.
Football can be an incredibly complicated game, but in many ways it’s rather simplistic.
The Giants held a double-digit fourth-quarter lead in a mid-season game against the same Philadelphia Eagles that had no interest playing in Week 17.
The Giants collapsed, with Evan Engram eventually dropping a pass that would have sealed a victory, and New York lost the game.
A Giants victory back in mid-October would have ensured a division title.
A lesson learned for Joe Judge and the upstart New York Giants. Want to make the playoffs next year? Win more than six games.
If you are again relying on the City Of Brotherly Love to help you out, prepare to be very disappointed.