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NFC Playoff Picture Week 12: What To Watch For

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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 30: Cheerleaders perform  on the field during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 30: Cheerleaders perform on the field during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Since the Eagles are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and anything can really happen in the NFL, it's worth keeping an eye on the NFC playoff picture. While the Eagles most likely path into the postseason is probably by winning the NFC East, the wildcard could also be an option if things fall right.

In the division, the Cowboys pulling out that game against the Dolphins was an obvious blow an keeps the Eagles at best two games back if they win this weekend. They still do have one to play against Dallas and would hold the tiebreaker if they won, so two games back would still keep them in striking distance.

The Giants face the Saints in New Orleans on Monday Night and then the Packers the following week. Having already lost two straight and already having a terrible conference record, the Giants playoff hopes are fading fast. Since they would lose most tiebreakers, they really have to win the NFC East to get in.

Elsewhere, the Eagles would really need either the Bears or Lions to falter. The obvious candidate there is the Bears, who are now without Jay Cutler for the rest of the year. The Eagles trail them by essentially 3.5 games right now, so they really would need a full on collapse. That could start today as Chicago travels to Oakland.

The other game to watch is the Falcons vs Vikings today. That game is in Atlanta, so obviously they are heavy favorites and should win. If they do, they will remain two games up on the Eagles.

By my estimation, the Eagles are 6th in the race for two wildcard spots. They're currently tied with two other teams at 4-6 and would win a tiebreaker over Tampa, but lose one to Seattle if it all ended today. The Eagles play the Seahawks on Thursday in a game that will decide that tiebreaker.