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Eagles secure their spot in the playoffs

The Eagles are going to the playoffs in Nick Sirianni's first year as a head coach.

After handling their business on the road against Washington on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles' ticket to the postseason was punched following San Francisco's victory over Houston and Green Bay's triumph over Minnesota.

The Eagles will be one of the NFC's three Wild Card teams when the playoffs begin the weekend of January 15. The Eagles will either be the No. 6 or the No. 7 seed depending on next week's results. The Eagles' regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field has been moved to Saturday, January 8 at 8:15 PM. It will be the Eagles' 14th playoff appearance since 2000 – tied for the second most among all NFC teams – and fourth in the past five seasons.

Philadelphia is also guaranteed a winning season for the fourth time since 2017 and 17th time under Jeffrey Lurie's ownership. The Eagles' 17 winning seasons since 1995 are tied for the fifth most in the league. The last time Philadelphia registered at least four winning seasons over a five-year span was from 2006-10 under Andy Reid.

Each of Lurie's five head coaching hires (all first-time NFL head coaches) have posted winning seasons within their first two years. Sirianni became just the fourth rookie head coach in league history to produce a winning season after starting 2-5 or worse through 7 games. Sirianni happened to be the offensive coordinator for the last coach to accomplish the feat, Frank Reich with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018.

Sirianni's nine wins are tied for the most by any member of the NFL's 2021 head coach hiring cycle. They are the most wins by an Eagles head coach in their first career season as a head coach (NFL or college) since Ray Rhodes in 1995, who finished 10-6 and earned a playoff appearance en route to AP NFL Coach of the Year honors.

Philadelphia has won each of its last four games, marking the Eagles' longest streak since the final month of the 2019 regular season, when they won 4 straight divisional matchups to earn a postseason berth and an NFC East championship. The Eagles (6-1 record since Week 10) have totaled 6+ victories during a 7-game stretch for the first time since 2018-19, which includes the Wild Card victory over Chicago.

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