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Eagles’ victory over Giants puts Philly one step closer to winning NFC East

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Still alive.

New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Well, it looked like the Philadelphia Eagles were about to drop to 5-8 after going down 17 to 3 against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

But that didn’t happen! Carson Wentz overcame adversity and delivered in the clutch to lead the Eagles to a 23 to 17 overtime win.

And so the 6-7 Eagles are now tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the same record with three games remaining in the 2019 regular season schedule. The Cowboys are technically still first in the division since they beat the Birds earlier this season but that could soon change.

The Cowboys are set to host the 8-5 Los Angeles Rams next weekend. The Rams actually opened as two-point road favorites against a Dallas team that’s lost three in a row. Los Angeles needs to keep winning to push for a wild card spot in the NFC playoff picture so you can bet they’ll be motivated.

In the event that the Rams do beat the Cowboys next weekend ... AND ... the Eagles beat the 3-10 Washington Redskins on the road, the Eagles can actually clinch the NFC East with a win over the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 16. That’d be the most ideal situation, especially since it’d allow the Eagles to rest some starters in a meaningless Week 17 game.

If the Cowboys beat the Rams, however, the Eagles will essentially need to win out in order to win the division.

EAGLES’ FINAL THREE GAMES

Week 15 - at Washington (3-10)
Week 16 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
Week 17 - at New York Giants (2-11)

COWBOYS’ FINAL THREE GAMES

Week 15 - vs. Los Angeles Rams (8-5)
Week 16 - at Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
Week 17 - vs. Washington (3-10)

Let’s be clear: the playoffs are far from a lock for an Eagles team that needed a big comeback effort to beat a Giants squad that had lost eight straight games headed into Philly. The Eagles need to play a lot better and one must be concerned about the injuries they suffered against New York (Lane Johnson, Alshon Jeffery, etc.)

But, hey, if Wentz balls out like he did in the second half against the Giants, maybe there’s some hope for this team after all!? Maybe this game serves as a turning point? Or maybe the Eagles are getting hopes up just to let everyone down once again.

At the very least, we now know the Eagles can’t be officially eliminated from the playoffs in Week 15. So come on out and watch this week’s game against Washington with myself, Shamus Clancy, and your fellow Eagles fans/BGN community members!

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1 - San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
2 - Green Bay Packers (10-3)
3 - New Orleans Saints (10-3)
4 - Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
5 - Seattle Seahawks (10-3)
6 - Minnesota Vikings (9-4)
...
7 - Los Angeles Rams (8-5)
8 - Chicago Bears (7-6)
9 - Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
10 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
11 - Carolina Panthers (5-8)
12 - Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
13 - Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
14 - Arizona Cardinals (3-9-1)
15 - Washington (3-10)
16 - New York Giants (2-11)