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Philadelphia Eagles officially clinch first-round bye in the 2018 NFL Playoffs


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The Philadelphia Eagles are going to the 2018 NFL Playoffs, but they won’t be playing on Wild Card Weekend.

The Eagles officially clinched a first-round bye by defeating the New York Giants on Sunday. In other words, they’re guaranteed a top two seed in the NFC Playoff Picture.

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Philadelphia would’ve clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs had the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Minnesota Vikings today. But to no surprise, that wasn’t the case.

Now the Eagles can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a Vikings loss to the Packers in Green Bay next Saturday, December 23. If the Vikings win that game, then the Eagles can take care of business themselves by defeating the Oakland Raiders on Christmas. Otherwise things may come down to Week 17.

Getting the No. 1 seed would make it so that the Eagles would potentially only have to play two home games before making it to the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen if the Eagles can make it that far. But it’s worth noting Philadelphia is 12-2 at Lincoln Financial Field during the Doug Pederson era.

At the very least, the Eagles stand a fighting chance.

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