Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NFC playoff picture

With the Cowboys' win over the Eagles and the Packers' win over the Cardinals, the NFC playoff picture is all set:

NFC playoff picture

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Eagles Donovan McNabb is sacked by Cowboys Anthony Spencer in the fourth quarter. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Eagles Donovan McNabb is sacked by Cowboys Anthony Spencer in the fourth quarter. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

With the Cowboys' win over the Eagles and the Packers' win over the Cardinals, the NFC playoff picture is all set:

The New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings own the top two seeds. They'll get byes in the first round and host games in the divisional round. The Saints get the lower-seeded winner from wild-card weekend, and the Vikings get the other team.

Wild-card matchups for next weekend:

No. 3 Dallas vs. No. 6 Philadelphia (Saturday, 8 p.m. on NBC)

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No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 Green Bay (Sunday, 4:40 p.m. on FOX)

If the Eagles can beat the Cowboys, they will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in the divisional round.

Under no circumstances can the Eagles host a playoff game. They've played their last football at the Linc this season.

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