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Panthers loss improves Eagles playoff chances for Wild Card



In order for the Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) to make the NFC playoffs and defend their Super Bowl title, they need three things to happen. Philadelphia got one of those three with the Carolina Panthers losing to the New Orleans Saints Monday night.

With the Eagles win over the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, the Eagles path to earn a NFC Wild Card spot was much clearer.

1. Win out

2. Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) loss in one of their final two games

3. Carolina Panthers (6-7) loss in one of their final three games. 

Check for the Carolina loss. 

Here are the current NFC playoff standings after the Eagles huge victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15. 

1. New Orleans Saints (12-2) – NFC South champion


2. Los Angeles Rams (11-3) – NFC West champion

3. Chicago Bears (10-4) – NFC North champion

4. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) – NFC East leader

5. Seattle Seahawks (8-6) – Wild Card

6. Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) – Wild Card

7. Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)

8. Washington Redskins (7-7

9. Carolina Panthers (6-8)

Here are the remaining schedules of the teams in the Wild card race: 

Minnesota Vikings (No. 6)

Week 16: at Detroit Lions (5-9) on Sunday, Dec. 23

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears (10-4) on Sunday, Dec. 30

Combined opponents record: 15-13


Philadelphia Eagles (No. 7)

Week 16: vs. Houston Texans (10-4) on Sunday, Dec. 23

Week 17: at Washington Redskins (7-7) on Sunday, Dec. 30

Combined opponents record: 17-11


Washington Redskins (No.8)

Week 16: at Tennessee Titans (8-6) on Sunday, Dec. 23

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) on Sunday, Dec. 30

Combined opponents record: 15-13


Carolina Panthers (No. 9)

Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons (5-9) on Sunday, Dec. 23

Week 17: at New Orleans Saints (12-2) on Sunday, Dec. 30

Combined opponents record: 17-11

Here’s what the Eagles have to do to get a Wild Card.

Eagles – Win vs. Houston Texans, Win at Washington Redskins or go 1-1 in their last two games

Under the first scenario, the Vikings (7-6-1) would have to lose one of their remaining two games to the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. That would put the Eagles at 9-7 and the Vikings at 8-7-1.

Under the second scenario, the Vikings would have to lose their final two games to the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. That would put the Eagles at 8-8 and the Vikings at 7-8-1.

Under the second scenario, the Eagles would need the Panthers (6-8) to lose one of their remaining two games to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. The Eagles would be 8-8 and the Panthers 7-9. This is including the Vikings losing their last two games.

The Eagles can be eliminated from the playoffs in Week 16 if the Vikings win and they lose.

For the Eagles to win the NFC East, they need to win out and the Cowboys need to lose out. Dallas is one game up on Philadelphia in the NFC East and the Cowboys own the tiebreaker by sweeping the Eagles, so basically they are two up. Again, any loss by the Eagles eliminates them from the NFC East race.

The Eagles have to finish 9-7 and Dallas needs to finish 8-8 to win the division. This is the only way how they can win the division.

Here are the remaining schedules for teams in the NFC East race:

Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

Week 16: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9) on Sunday, Dec. 23

Week 17: at New York Giants (5-9) on Sunday, Dec. 30

Combined opponents record: 10-18


Washington Redskins (7-7)

Week 16: at Tennessee Titans (8-6) on Sunday, Dec. 23

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) on Sunday, Dec. 30

Combined opponents record: 15-13

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