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NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles get help with Panthers losing to Saints

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Good news for Philadelphia.

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The Philadelphia Eagles received some help in the NFC playoff picture on Monday night. The Carolina Panthers losing to the New Orleans Saints increased the Eagles’ chances of earning a postseason berth from 37% to 40%. Let’s take an updated look at the standings.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

PLAYOFF TEAMS

1 - New Orleans Saints: 12-2 overall, 9-2 conference

2 - Los Angeles Rams: 11-3 overall, 7-3 conference

3 - Chicago Bears: 10-4 overall, 8-2 conference

4 - Dallas Cowboys: 8-6 overall, 7-3 conference

5 - Seattle Seahawks: 8-6 overall, 7-4 conference

6 - Minnesota Vikings: 7-6-1 overall, 5-4-1 conference

IN THE HUNT

7 - Philadelphia Eagles: 7-7 overall, 5-6 conference

8 - Washington Redskins: 7-7 overall, 6-5 conference

9 - Carolina Panthers: 6-8 overall, 4-6 conference

DEAD

10 - Green Bay Packers: 5-8-1 overall, 3-7-1 conference

11 - Atlanta Falcons: 5-9 overall, 5-5 conference

12 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-9 overall, 4-6 conference

13 - New York Giants: 5-9 overall, 4-7 conference

14 - Detroit Lions: 5-9 overall, 3-7 conference

15 - San Francisco 49ers: 4-10 overall, 2-8 conference

16 - Arizona Cardinals: 3-11 overall, 3-7 conference

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As previously noted, the Eagles still have an outside chance at winning the NFC East.

Philadelphia’s more likely path to the playoffs is winning a wild card spot. With the Panthers losing to the Saints, here’s what needs to happen now:

  • Eagles win out (versus Texans, at Washington)
  • Vikings lose at least one of two games (at Lions, versus Bears)

The Eagles can also still make the playoffs if they lose to Houston. But that would require the Vikings losing out AND the Panthers losing at least one more game as well.

At the very least, the Eagles need the Vikings to lose one game. It remains to be seen if they’ll get that help. For now, all Philadelphia can worry about is beating the Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

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