Eagles Playoffs: Philadelphia’s most likely route to Super Bowl LVII

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We’ve all determined that the 49ers will beat the Seahawks, but what if the Giants actually beat the Vikings?

You should never count chickens before they hatch or, in this case, wins and losses before they occur, but most believe the NFC Playoffs are window dressing for the expected San Francisco 49ers/Philadelphia Eagles clash in the National Football Conference’s Championship Game.

We totally agree with the theory.

Here’s how we see the Wild Card Round playing out. The Seattle Seahawks aren’t going to beat the Niners. The Green Bay Packers weren’t going to beat the Niners. Neither were the Detroit Lions. According to our tally, seventh-seeded teams have yet to upset the second-seed under the NFL’s new playoff structure. That will continue this weekend.

The New York Giants (sixth seed) versus the Minnesota Vikings clash (third seed) is very intriguing. The G-Men came within an eyelash of toppling the Vikes in Week 16, but they could very well win this time around. Actually, we think they will indeed get the job done.

New York has no respect for Minnesota’s pass defense. In a move rarely seen in Giants circles, they actually allowed Daniel Jones to throw the ball when they played them. This time around, they’ll find even more success on both sides of the ball, especially seeing as how they’re playing free of any pressure.

Many of us wanted another clash with the Dallas Cowboys to set records straight. That will have to wait until next season because Dallas won’t beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

By being the NFC’s top-seeded team, the Birds play the lowest-seeded team in the Divisional Round. That means the NFC East rematch that we wind up seeing will be the Birds/Big Blue showdown. The fourth-seeded Bucs travel to Levi’s Stadium to battle the Niners. We expect San Fran to win that one.