Ranking the Eagles toughest potential NFC postseason matchups

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Here’s a ranking of potential matchups for the Eagles this postseason, ranked from the most favorable to the most difficult.

Clearly, the easiest path to the Super Bowl comes by way of the Eagles winning the top seed. Again, they have to take care of business versus the Giants at home to do so.

Just in case you’re curious, the San Francisco 49ers can clinch the top seed in the National Football Conference if they beat the Arizona Cardinals AND the Eagles lose to the Giants. For the Cowboys to earn home-field advantage and the top seed, they need to, again, beat the Commanders, see the Eagles lose to New York, AND luck out by having the Cardinals beat the 49ers in Week 18.

9. New York Giants (home game)

The Giants are locked into the sixth seed. If by chance they cross paths with the Birds, they’ll have to travel to Lincoln Financial Field. Philly should have no problem versus a team that they know this well, even if that team is on a hot streak.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (potentially at home or on the road)

It’s easy to allow yourself some discomfort while thinking about the fact that Tom Brady somehow and someway has willed his team into postseason contention again.

Sure, he could work his magic one more time, but, as much as we respect him, this isn’t THAT Tom Brady anymore. Believe it or not, if the Birds wind up as a Wild Card Team by way of losing to the Giants, they’ll travel back to Tampa for the second consecutive postseason.

Still, Philly should be able to beat the Bucs regardless of where they’re playing, so whether the game is played at Lincoln Finacial Field or on the road at Raymond James Stadium, we expect an Eagles victory. That’s our story. They’re sticking to it.