Ranking the Eagles toughest potential NFC postseason matchups

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The Cowboys and 49ers are the Eagles’ biggest obstacles to a Super Bowl appearance. Let’s hope Philly gets them at home.

The top seed in the National Football Conference is still up for grabs. Earning its rights is of the utmost importance for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s what’s at stake: the possibility of playing two games at home to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LVII or placing themselves in a position where they, more than likely, have to play three road games to get there.

Regardless of what happens, two teams are their top threats to punching their ticket to Glendale, Arizona.

4. San Francisco 49ers (at Lincoln Financial Field)

Say what you will about a team that has now given the keys to its offense to a third-string quarterback. San Fran is now led by the most recent draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’, but the Niners are for real.

Brock Purdy seems to be unphased by the career arc he’s enjoying. That tends to happen when you have Kyle Shanahan in your corner. Keep in mind the fact that Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan’s best years came when they had Shanahan as their offensive coordinator.

The Niners are loaded on defense. You know that as well. This is a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and we’d feel better if the Eagles play them at home.

3. Dallas Cowboys (at The Linc)

Make no mistake about it. The Eagles don’t fear Dallas. You can even make the argument that they want another shot at the Cowboys.

Still, if these age-old rivals meet for a third time this season, here are the cold-hard facts. Philly would rather face the Cowboys at home in front of the Philly faithful.

2. San Francisco 49ers (in Santa Clara)

The Niners are a tough out either way, but the Eagles probably wouldn’t be favored on the road in Santa Clara. Guess what? We’d completely understand if San Francisco was a home favorite… even if we believe Philadelphia can get the job done.

1. Dallas Cowboys (in Arlington)

At some point, the Philadelphia Eagles have to go to Arlington, beat the Cowboys, and prove, once and for all, that they’re the top dogs in the NFC East now. So far, they haven’t been able to do that. Some of the reason for that being the case is the Eagles haven’t beaten Dallas in Arlington since November of 2017, and Dak Prescott is 8-3 versus Philly as a starter.

Again, the Birds don’t fear this team, but if they were to meet for a rubber match, we’d rather Philly be the home team. The other scenario is possible if Dallas wins the NFC East.

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