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NFL Playoff Picture: Redskins win over Bills means Eagles must beat Washington in Week 16

The Eagles face a must-win game next week.

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Both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins played early on Sunday afternoon, and the results have impacted the 2016 NFL playoff picture as it relates to the Philadelphia Eagles. Here's how the results of their game impacted the NFC East title race. (Also note the Cowboys were officially eliminated on Saturday evening.)

Washington beat the Buffalo Bills by a final score of 35 to 25. Washington advanced to 7-7 on the season, which means they're still first in the division. It also means that the Eagles must absolutely beat Washington in Week 16. Even if the Eagles beat the Cardinals tonight and the Giants in Week 17, the Eagles cannot make the playoffs if they do not beat Washington. If the Eagles do beat both the Cardinals and Washington, however, Philadelphia can clinch the NFC East next week. If the Eagles lose to the Cardinals but beat Washington, they will also need to beat the Giants in Week 17 unless Washington loses to the Cowboys in the season finale.

The Giants dropped to 6-8 after being defeated by the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 38 to 35. New York can actually be eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday night if the Eagles beat the Cardinals. Otherwise, in order to make the playoffs, the Giants need: 1) to beat the Vikings in Week 16 and 2) the Eagles to beat Washington. From there, the Giants must also beat the Eagles in Week 17 and Washington must lose to the Cowboys.

New York is still alive (for now), but it looks like the winner of the NFC East race is mostly down to the Eagles and Washington. It'll be interesting to see who comes out on top. Washington beat the Birds earlier this season. Next week's game will take place in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field.


Have fun with postseason scenarios by checking out ESPN's playoff machine.