ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Neither rain, sleet nor snow - and not even Bills tight end Kevin Everett's inspirational return to Buffalo - could prevent the New York Giants from clinching a playoff berth yesterday.

A rediscovered running attack and an opportunistic defense carried the Giants (10-5) past the Bills and the elements in a 38-21 win.

So when the Bills (7-8) visit Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday afternoon (1 o'clock, Channel 3), it'll be a battle of 7-8 teams.

The Bills again proved they're incapable of beating a playoff contender. Six of Buffalo's eight losses this year have come against teams that have qualified for the postseason.

"It gets disappointing as the year goes on," defensive end Chris Kelsay said. "It's another year we're not going to the postseason. I'm getting frustrated." *