The Eagles haven't quite wrapped up the NFC East, but they can take the crown by winning out. Here's how a playoff berth can be clinched.
One game at a time. That's the mantra, and it should be. The Philadelphia Eagles are in the same spot the San Francisco 49ers were in at the end of October. A losing streak... Doubters are aplenty... Something needs to change, and it needs to do so in a hurry.
The Niners eventually got back on track, and they were legitimized by beating Philadelphia. No one wants to talk about that, so we will. It's a part of the job. If you don't think the Eagles can turn things around, then, buddy, you don't know football.
One win punches Philly's ticket to the postseason. That's all we care about this week. We'll worry about tiebreakers and whatnot another time. If the Birds win, they're in. If they don't, they can get in with help. They have nine paths to landing in the postseason.
Here are the Eagles paths to clinching a postseason berth.
Through 14 weeks, here are the NFC East standings. Believe it or not, the G-Men are still in the hunt for a postseason berth.
Dallas Cowboys (10-3)
Philadelphia Eagles (10-3)
New York Giants (5-8)
Washington Commanders (4-9)
Here are the seven teams that would have qualified for the NFC Playoffs had the season ended after Week 14.
San Francisco 49ers - 10-3
Dallas Cowboys - 10-3
Detroit Lions - 9-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 6-7
Philadelphia Eagles - 10-3
Minnesota Vikings - 7-6
Green Bay Packers - 6-7
Pay attention to five games this weekend. All potentially affect Philly's ability to clinch a playoff spot, and they could affect playoff positioning:
Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions - 8:15 pm EST
Tampa Bay at Green Bay - 1 pm EST
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals - 1 pm EST
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers - 1 pm EST
Washington Commanders at L.A. Rams - 4:05 pm EST
49ers at Arizona Cardinals - 4:05 pm EST
Cowboys at Buffalo Bills - 4:25 pm EST
The Eagles have nine paths to clinching a playoff spot. They are as follows:
1. Eagles win or tie
Simply put, if the Eagles win or their gam ends in a tie, they're in.
2. Eagles loss + Packers loss + Falcons loss or tie + Rams loss or tie
Let's say the Eagles lose. They could get in if the Packers lose to the Bucs, the Falcons lose to the Panthers or tie with them, AND the Rams lose or tie.
3. Eagles loss + Bucs loss + Vikings loss or tie + Rams loss or tie
An Eagles loss, a Bucs loss, a Vikings loss or tie, and a Rams loss or tie sends Philly to the postseason.
4. PHI loss + Packers loss + Falcons loss or tie + 49ers win or tie + Lions win
Am Eagles loss can also result in a playoff berth if the Packers lose, the Falcons lose or tie, the 49ers beat the Cardinals or tie with them, and the Lions beat the Denver Broncos.
5. Eagles loss + Vikings loss or tie + Falcons loss or tie + 49ers win or tie + Lions win
If Philly loses, they can still punch their ticket, but they'll need a Vikings loss or tie, a Falcons loss or tie, a 49ers win or tie, and a Lions win.
6. Eagles loss + Bucs loss + Vikings loss or tie + 49ers win or tie + Lions win
An Eagles loss, a Bucs loss, a Vikings loss or tie, a 49ers win or tie, and a Lions win would send Philly to the postseason. Wow. The results of five games are tied up in that one.
7. Eagles loss + Bucs/Packers tie + Rams loss or tie
This one's a tad less complicated. An Eagles loss, a Bucs/Packers tie, and a Rams loss or tie punches Philly's ticket.
8. Eagles loss + Vikings loss or tie + Falcons loss or tie + Rams loss or tie
A Vikings loss or tie, a Falcons loss or tie, and a Rams loss or tie sends Philadelphia to the postseason if the Eagles wind up losing to Seattle.
9. Eagles loss + Bucs/Packers tie + 49ers win or tie + Lions win
Lastly, there's one more path to postseason play if Philly loses on Monday Night Football. They'd need the Bucs/Packers game to end in a tie along with a 49ers win or tie and a Lions win.