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NFL playoff picture: What does Eagles-Giants mean for NFC standings

The Eagles face the Giants on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Head coach Nick Sirianni of the Philadelphia Eagles hugs head coach Brian Daboll of the New York Giants after Philadelphia’s 22-16 win at Lincoln Financial Field on January 08, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles travel to face the New York Giants in Week 18, marking the second matchup between these two in three weeks. The Eagles won 33-25 in Week 16. Philly led the entire game, but struggled to put away New York.

The season finale kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET with potential playoff implications for the Eagles if they get some help. Meanwhile, the Giants are playing for pride as they are out of the playoff picture. Philly is a five-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Philadelphia Eagles playoff picture

The Eagles are 11-5 and tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East. The Cowboys hold the tiebreaker due to conference record, leading by a full game heading into Week 18. Dallas is traveling to face the Washington Commanders in the final Sunday of the regular season. If the Cowboys win or the Eagles lose, Dallas clinches the division title. If the Eagles win and the Cowboys lose, Philadelphia clinches the division title.

New York Giants playoff picture

The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 16.

Tiebreaker implications

If Philadelphia does not win the division, they’re guaranteed the No. 5 seed. If Philadelphia wins the division, they will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed. In that case, if the Lions lose, the Eagles claim the No. 2 seed and if the Lions win, it will depend on the common games tiebreaker, or further down if that ends up tied.

If the Lions beat the Vikings, they’ll be tied in common games and it would go to strength of victory, which is is the combined record of all teams that were beaten in their respective schedules. Currently, Philly’s SoV is .472 (83 wins) while Detroit’s is .438 (77 wins).