Just prior to kickoff on Sunday, the Eagles got the help they needed to keep their hopes for a second straight NFC East title alive thanks to Washington's stunning 23-10 win over the Giants.
The Eagles took care of their business with a 45-19 rout of the New York Jets.
"You know, it's just crazy," linebacker Jamar Chaney said. "The playoffs, we haven't given up and we're still in the race. So we're going to keep taking it one game at a time and that's just how we're going to do it."
For the Eagles to make the playoffs, the only road in is as division champions. Detroit's come-from-behind win over Oakland on Sunday eliminated the Eagles from contention for a wild card berth.
The path to the postseason is now much more defined. First, the Eagles have to win their final two games - at Dallas and vs. Washington. Second, the Jets, whom the Eagles beat up Sunday, must beat the New York Giants next week. In Week 17, the Giants must then beat the Cowboys.
That's the only way the Eagles can make the playoffs. But, after everything the Eagles have been through this season, the team relishes the opportunity to still be in the postseason conversation.
"Still alive," running back LeSean McCoy said. "It shows you the type of fight this team has. We have to win these last two games to even have a shot. More than that, we just show that we have pride in ourselves. We come to battle. We have struggled a little bit and had some difficulties, but we are fighting now to get in."
The road to the playoffs continues Saturday in Dallas.
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