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What Seahawks win means for Eagles

Many times after wins, athletes like to say "No one believed in us." Well, if Seahawks players feel like saying that tonight, they'll be telling the truth.

What Seahawks win means for Eagles

Many times after wins, athletes like to say "No one believed in us."

Well, if Seahawks players feel like saying that tonight, they'll be telling the truth.

Seattle pulled off the monumental upset, stunning the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, 41-36, in the first game of wild-card weekend.

The Seahawks entered the game as the biggest underdog (11 points) in the first round of the playoffs. Matt Hasselbeck picked apart the New Orleans defense, completing 23 of 35 passes for 272 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

And Marshawn Lynch delivered one of the greatest runs you'll ever see, breaking tackles and shoving defenders aside as he scampered 67 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

So what does this mean for the Eagles?

In the immediate future, not a whole lot. With a win Sunday, the Eagles advance to face the Bears in Chicago in the divisional round. That was going to be the case regardless of who won the Saints-Seahawks game.

A Birds win would also mean Seattle travels to Atlanta to take on the Falcons next week.

If Green Bay wins, the Packers would travel to Atlanta, and the Seahawks would face the Bears.

If you want to look ahead, the Eagles' only chance at hosting a second playoff game at the Linc would be in the NFC championship against the Seahawks. Of course, that seems unlikely (but then again, so did the Seahawks' win today).

Update: Thanks to Reality Speaks for posting the YouTube clip of the Lynch run in the comments section. I've embedded it below.

Two posts from earlier today:

Aikman's take, Barkley's pick and Mornhinweg's future
What they're saying about the Eagles


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