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NFL Playoff Picture: Eagles’ win over Giants sets up big NFC East matchup against Washington

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The Eagles are still in the hunt.

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are very much alive in the NFL playoff picture following their 25-22 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the updated NFC East standings:

1 - Dallas Cowboys: 6-5 overall, 3-1 division, 5-3 conference

2 - Washington: 6-5 overall, 2-1 division, 6-3 conference

3 - Philadelphia Eagles: 5-6 overall, 2-1 division, 3-5 conference

4 - New York Giants: 3-8 overall, 0-4 division, 2-7 conference

As you can see, the Eagles are only a game behind Dallas and Washington.

The Cowboys could easily be staring 6-6 in the face given their Week 13 matchup against the 10-1 New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football this week.

As for Washington, the Eagles will host them on Monday Night Football in Week 13. Beating Colt McCoy and co. would allow Philadelphia to 6-6 while dropping Washington to the same record. It’s another big, must-win game for the Birds.

Assuming everything goes the Eagles’ way, which surely cannot be safely assumed, the Eagles and Cowboys could both be at 6-6 heading into their Week 14 matchup in Dallas. The winner of that game would take the NFC East lead with just three games remaining.

The Eagles barely beating a bad Giants team on Sunday hardly proves this team is “back.” But the reigning Super Bowl champions are still alive, which is all that matters for now.


NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

PLAYOFF TEAMS

1 - New Orleans Saints: 10-1 overall, 7-1 conference
2 - Los Angeles Rams: 10-1 overall, 6-1 conference
3 - Chicago Bears: 8-3 overall, 6-1 conference
4 - Dallas Cowboys: 5-5 overall, 4-3 conference
5 - Minnesota Vikings: 5-4-1 overall, 4-3-1 conference
6- Washington Redskins: 6-5 overall, 6-3 conference

IN THE HUNT

7 - Seattle Seahawks: 6-5 overall, 5-3 conference
8 - Carolina Panthers: 6-5 overall, 4-4 conference
9 - Philadelphia Eagles: 5-6 overall, 3-5 conference
10 - Green Bay Packers: 4-5-1 overall, 2-4-1 conference

DEAD

11 - Atlanta Falcons: 4-7 overall, 4-4 conference
12 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-7 overall, 3-5 conference
13 - Detroit Lions: 4-7 overall, 2-6 conference
13 - New York Giants: 3-7 overall, 2-7 conference
16 - Arizona Cardinals: 2-8 overall, 2-5 conference
15 - San Francisco 49ers: 2-9 overall, 1-7 conference