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How Eagles can clinch a playoff berth in Week 17

The Eagles have fought their way into the playoff picture and can clinch a playoff berth in Week 17. We break down what they need to do and where they can land in the 2022 NFL playoffs.

Eagles fan A Rob at Eagles-Giants
Eagles fan A.Rob at Eagles-Giants
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Result: Eagles defeated Washington 20-16 in Week 17 on Sunday, but still need help. The Vikings need to lose to the Packers on SNF and the Saints need to lose to the Panthers in order for Philly to get in.

The Eagles clinched a winning season on Sunday afternoon with a 20-16 win over the Football Team. With the victory, they also completed step one of potentially clinching a playoff spot. The Eagles are now waiting for Vikings’ loss or tie and a Saints’ loss or tie or Niners’ win.

The Philadelphia Eagles travel to face the Washington Football Team this weekend with a huge opportunity in front of them. The Eagles can move closer to their first playoff berth since 2019 with a win over their division rivals. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at FedEx Field.

The Eagles are 8-7 and sitting in seventh place in the NFC standings. They can clinch a playoff berth in Week 17 with a win or tie and some help on Sunday. Here are their various clinching scenarios this weekend.

  1. PHI win + MIN loss or tie + NO loss or tie OR
  2. PHI win + MIN loss or tie + SF win or tie OR
  3. PHI tie + MIN loss + NO loss + ATL loss or tie OR
  4. PHI tie + MIN loss + NO tie + ATL loss or tie + SF win or tie

While the division is officially out of reach, they can still climb as high as the fifth seed. The Eagles lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to the 49ers but if they finished tied, would hold the conference record tiebreaker over the Cardinals. The 49ers would get knocked down based on the Cardinals head-to-head tiebreaker edge.

The Eagles came into the 2021 season with fairly low expectations. DraftKings Sportsbook installed them at +275 to claim any kind of playoff berth this season.