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Everything you need to know for Day 12 of the Giants' coaching search: 3 finalists emerge

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By Dan Duggan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

It’s crunch time in the Giants‘ coaching search. Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur have emerged as the three finalists for the Giants head coaching vacancy, according to the New York Post.

Here’s everything you need to know for Friday:

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The Giants interviewed six candidates for their coaching job. Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, former Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks have reportedly been eliminated from consideration. Wilks had been considered an early favorite for the Giants job due to his connection to general manager Dave Gettleman from their time in Carolina. But the 48-year-old’s lack of experience as a coordinator/head coach likely was too much to overcome after the Giants’ failed experiment with the unproven Ben McAdoo.

That leaves McDaniels, Patricia and Shurmur as the final three candidates standing.

McDaniels has spent nine years as the Patriots offensive coordinator and two seasons as the Broncos head coach. McDaniels is considered a favorite for the Colts’ opening, but there are also questions if he’ll leave New England.

Patricia has been identified as the favorite for the Giants opening by some outlets. The 43-year-old, who has spent the past six seasons as the Patriots defensive coordinator, will likely decide between the Giants and the Lions.

Shurmur, 52, has been an offensive coordinator for three different organizations and was the Browns head coach from 2011-12. Shurmur has been reported as a favorite for the Cardinals opening.

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So, now that the Giants have their finalists, when can a hire be expected?

Technically, the Giants can’t hire McDaniels, Patricia or Shurmur until their teams’ seasons end. That could come as early as this weekend when the Patriots host the Titans on Saturday and the Vikings host the Saints on Sunday in Divisional round matchups.

If those teams lose, the assistants would be immediately available to be hired. If the those teams win, the Giants will have to wait another week. If the teams lose in the conference championships next Sunday, the assistants would again be available. If the teams reach the Super Bowl, the Giants would be able to have a second round of interviews with the candidates during the bye week.

The second interview will be an important part of the process because co-owner Steve Tisch wasn’t present for the candidates’ first interviews with co-owner John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams.

Even though the Giants can’t officially hire a coach from a team still alive in the playoffs, a handshake agreement could be reached. It’s entirely possible that the Giants’ choice will be known in the next few days even if that coach is still in the postseason.

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