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What Seahawks win over Eagles in Week 15 means for NFL playoff picture in the NFC

Seahawks defeat Eagles in Week 15. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a pass for a touchdown passed James Bradberry #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 20-17 on Monday night on a late touchdown drive by backup QB Drew Lock to go 7-7 on the season. The Seahawks didn’t gain any ground in the NFC playoff standings, as they still sit 9th, but they are tied with the Rams and Saints at 7-7, and would have dropped to 11th in the standings with a loss.

The Eagles have now moved to 10-4 and have lost three in a row. They needed this game to keep up with the 49ers in the race for the NFC’s No. 1 seed and to take back the NFC East lead over the Cowboys.

The Eagles at 10-4 are still tied with the Cowboys in the NFC East and the Cowboys still own the tiebreaker to keep the lead and the No. 2 seed.

Moving forward, the Eagles face the Giants, Cardinals and Giants again to finish out the season. You really couldn’t ask for an easier schedule. If they can win out with these favorable conditions, they will just need the Cowboys to lose one of their final three games to take back the East and No. 2 seed. They would need the 49ers to lost two of their last three to regain the No. 1 seed, which sounds far fetched, but with matchups against the Ravens and Rams, there is a slim chance still.

The Seahawks have an easy schedule to finish as well, with the Titans, Steelers and Cardinals up next. If they can win out, they’ll end up 10-7 on the season. They’ll be looking for the Rams, Vikings, Packers, Saints, Falcons, and Buccaneers to lose as much as possible, but at 10-7 they would have a very good shot at making it into the final bracket.