The day started with the Eagles and their fans upset about a blizzard-induced postponement, but ended in joy as the Eagles clinched the NFC East and a postseason berth after the New York Giants lost at Green Bay, 45-17, on Sunday.
The Eagles can finish with no worse than the No. 3 seed and will at least host one game in the playoffs. They still have a first-round bye to play for with two games remaining. Those games will take place over a five-day span after the NFL moved Sunday night’s Eagles-Vikings game at Lincoln Financial Field to Tuesday because of the blizzard that pounded Philadelphia and the East coast.
The Eagles end the regular season against the Cowboys on Jan. 2 also at the Linc.
Even if the Eagles win both games, they’ll need some help to secure a higher seeding. The Bears beat the New York Jets, 38-34, to move to 11-4, a half game ahead of the Eagles. The Packers could assist the Eagles again by beating Chicago next week. If that were to occur, and the Eagles won their remaining two they would own the No. 2 seed.
They are still not mathematically eliminated from the top seed, but the 12-2 Falcons would have to lose to the 10-4 Saints on Monday and then against the 2-13 Panthers in the finale.
Right now, though, the Eagles can bask in their first divisional crown since 2006. It is coach Andy Reid’s sixth NFC East first place finish since he took over in 1999.