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How can the Eagles clinch a playoff spot in Week 15?

We discuss the scenarios that could see the Eagles clinching a playoff spot in Week 15.

Jalen Carter #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles returns a fumble for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in a bit of a spiral coming out of Week 14. A loss to the Dallas Cowboys marked their second straight and that has dropped them from the No. 1 seed to second place in the NFC East and the No. 5 seed in the wild card picture.

The Eagles have some work to do to get back into first place in the NFC East, but in the meantime, they can clinch a playoff berth in Week 15.

Saturday update: The Vikings lost in overtime to the Bengals in the early Saturday game and the Lions crushed the Broncos in the late game. The Eagles only need a win of their own to clinch, but those results keep several Sunday scenarios alive where the Philly could clinch before they play on Monday.

Sunday update: The Falcons loss to the Panthers in the closing seconds means the Eagles can clinch a playoff berth with a Rams loss or a 49ers win.

Philadelphia Eagles playoff clinching scenarios - Week 15

  1. Eagles win
  2. MIN loss/tie + ATL loss/tie + LAR loss/tie
  3. MIN loss/tie + ATL loss/tie + SF win/tie + DET win
  4. MIN loss/tie + TB loss + LAR loss/tie
  5. MIN loss/tie + TB loss + SF win/tie + DET win
  6. GB loss + ATL loss/tie + LAR loss/tie
  7. GB loss + ATL loss/tie + SF win/tie + DET win
  8. GB tie + LAR loss/tie
  9. GB tie + SF win/tie + DET win

The Eagles are in a simple position. They travel to face the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. If they beat the Seahawks, they clinch their playoff berth. The Eagles are a four-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

However, they could also clinch their playoff berth before they even set foot on the field. Losses by the Vikings or the Packers open the door to six different scenarios. The Vikings travel to face the Bengals as a 3.5-point underdog on Saturday while the Packers host the Buccaneers as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. Here’s the remaining relevant odds for the scenarios above:

Beyond the division clinching, there is some good news for the Eagles. If they win out this season, they’ll still win the division title regardless of the Cowboys winning out. They split their season series with the Cowboys, which moves the tiebreaker to division record. The Cowboys are 4-1 in divisional games while the Eagles are 3-1. Philadelphia has two games remaining against the Giants while Dallas has one game remaining against the Commanders.

If both teams win out, they would have the same division record. The next tiebreaker is common opponents. If both teams win out, they’d be tied there as well. The following tiebreaker is conference record. If Philadelphia wins out, they’ll claim that tiebreaker by one game thanks to them beating Arizona after Dallas lost in the desert.