Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NFC playoff picture: Eagles-Packers in 1st round

The Eagles will take on the Packers in the first round of the NFC playoffs next weekend at the Linc. Here is a look at the full playoff picture.

NFC playoff picture: Eagles-Packers in 1st round


The Packers held on to beat the Bears, meaning they will travel to the Linc for the second time this season next weekend.

The Falcons beat the Panthers, meaning the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC will go through Atlanta.

Here's a look at the seeding in the NFC, with just one spot still to be determined:

1. Falcons
2. Bears
3. Eagles
4. Rams/Seahawks
5. Saints
6. Packers

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The first-round matchups will be:

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Eagles vs. Packers

Here are a few other questions and answers about what the Eagles' playoff path might look like:

Q: If the Eagles win in the first round, who do they face in the divisional round?

A: It will be the Bears. We know that with 100 percent certainty. If the Birds win their home playoff game in the first round, they'll travel to Chicago for the second time this season to take on the Bears in the divisional round. Chicago hosts the top-seeded team from the wild-card round. Since the Eagles are No. 3, that would be them.

Q: Can the Eagles host a second playoff game?

A: The answer is yes. They could potentially host the NFC championship game if the 4 or 5 seed advances that far. The 4-seed is the NFC West champ, and it would be a monumental upset if the Rams or Seahawks beat the Saints in the first round and then beat the Falcons in the divisional round. But it's possible (I guess).

There's another scenario too, one that's more likely: if the Saints advance to the NFC championship. That one could actually happen. New Orleans, the defending Super Bowl champs, would have to beat either the Rams or the Seahawks in the first round and then take out the Falcons in Atlanta in the divisional round.

If the Eagles and Saints were to both make it to the NFC championship, that game would be played at the Linc.

Q: When will the Eagles play next weekend?

A: The Eagles will play Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox. Here's the complete TV schedule for the playoffs:

Wild Card Round

Saturday, January 8

4:30 p.m.: New Orleans at Seattle or St. Louis, NBC
8:00 p.m.: New York Jets at Indianapolis, NBC

Sunday, January 9

1:00 p.m.: Baltimore at Kansas City, CBS
4:30 p.m.: Green Bay at Philadelphia, Fox

Divisional Round

Saturday, January 15

4:30 p.m.: Indianapolis or Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh, CBS
8:00 p.m.: Seattle or St. Louis or New Orleans or Green Bay at Atlanta, Fox

Sunday, January 16

1:00 p.m.: Philadelphia or New Orleans or St. Louis or Seattle at Chicago, Fox
4:30 p.m.: Kansas City or Baltimore or New York Jets at New England, CBS

Conference Championships

Sunday, January 23

3:00 p.m.: NFC Championship Game, Fox
6:30 p.m.: AFC Championship game, CBS

The Super Bowl is February 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The Pro Bowl is January 3 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and will kick off at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on Fox.

Earlier Sunday, I took a detailed look at what the Vikings did to shut down Michael Vick in Mike Check.

And here are some notes on what's different from the first Eagles-Packers matchup.

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