On a cold Sunday evening that was part history (because LeSean McCoy set the Eagles’ club record with his 18th, 19th and 20th touchdowns of the season), part comedy (because the Eagles and New York Jets combined for eight turnovers) and part impossibility (because their playoff chances somehow remained intact), the Eagles roared out to a 28-0 lead and coasted to a 45-19 victory.
Which was pretty much how everyone drew it up beforehand.
In the shabby NFC East, the 6-8 Eagles indeed remain alive with two games remaining. Their path to winning the division title and making the playoffs goes like this: winning their last two games (at Dallas, home against Washington), having the Giants lost next week to the Jets, and then having the Giants beat the Cowboys at the Meadowlands in the season finale. With Detroit’s win over Oakland, there is no longer a chance for the Eagles to get a wildcard playoff berth.
But on a day when the Giants cooperated early in the afternoon by getting smoked by the Redskins, the Eagles continued to play with the kind of defensive vigor and offensive efficiency that was absent for far too long. If they do not make the playoffs, the Eagles will look back at the way they played on the road last week at Miami, and at home against the Jets, and kick themselves for months on end.