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December 12, 2016

The Eagles’ playoff chances are 5-million-to-1

With a 27-22 loss to the Washington Redskins, you may have assumed that the Philadelphia Eagles were mathematically eliminated from the NFC playoffs. I know I did. The Birds’ season was cooked last week in Cincy, but dropping to 5-8 with a loss to Washington would surely be the final nail in the coffin, right?

Not so fast:

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, these things need to happen and the Birds are IN:

The Eagles need to win their final three games (at Baltimore, home against the Giants and Dallas).

The Falcons need to lose out (vs. San Francisco, at Carolina, vs. New Orleans)

Washington needs to lose out (vs. Carolina, at Chicago, vs. the Giants)

Green Bay needs to lose out (at Chicago, vs. Minnesota, at Detroit)

Minnesota needs to beat Green Bay, but lose their other two games (vs. Indy and Chicago)

Carolina needs to lose to Tampa in the season’s final week

New Orleans needs to lose to either at Arizona or Tampa in Weeks 15 and 16

Arizona needs to pick up one loss (vs. New Orleans, at Seattle and Los Angeles)

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