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What Eagles win over Giants in Week 16 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC East

It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles beat the Giants. We break down what it means for the NFL playoff picture, and particularly the NFC East standings.

D’Andre Swift #0 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown against Xavier McKinney #29 of the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles took care of business on Christmas as they beat the New York Giants 33-25. It wasn’t a pretty victory for the Eagles, but a win is a win at this point in the season. They improved to 11-4 with the victory. The Giants dropped to 5-10 and were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Philadelphia is now back in control of the NFC East. The Cowboys lost on Sunday and so with this win, the Eagles takes a full game lead over Dallas. Philly had the edge based on how the final two weeks of games might play out, but this gives them more wiggle room.

The Eagles are now tied with the Lions and sitting a game back of the 49ers for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Philly and Detroit did not play this season, and are tied in the conference record and common games tiebreakers. It comes down to strength of victory right now, which we’ll get calculated shortly.

Philly hosts Arizona in Week 17 and will have a division-clinching scenario. If the Eagles win and the Cowboys lose to the Lions, Philly will clinch the NFC East.