The Philadelphia Eagles are the real deal and look to be the class of the NFL right now. There is no denying their legitimacy as they continue to find ways to win football games every week no matter the circumstances. The latest evidence came in Week 12 when they rallied back and beat the Buffalo Bills in overtime, lifting them to 10-1 on the year and continuing to separate themselves from the pack in the NFC.
As the season goes on, the real contenders continue to show themselves, and with the Eagles being the first team to reach double-digit wins, they are also the first team that has playoff-clinching scenarios available to them.
With the help of PFN’s free NFL Playoff Predictor, let’s take a look at the clinching scenarios they have on the table for Week 13.
Philadelphia Eagles Playoff-Clinching Scenarios in Week 13
Update: Due to the Eagles 42-19 loss to the 49ers in Week 13, they will not clinch a playoff spot in Week 13.
For the first time in the 2023 season, an NFL team can officially lock up a playoff spot. Philadelphia is the lone team that can secure a postseason bid in Week 13.
ESPN’s Field Yates alludes to four different scenarios that could clinch a spot for the Eagles. Let’s take a look at each of them before diving in with a little more detail about each one and its path.
1) Eagles win + Rams lose or tie OR
2) Eagles win + Lions lose + Packers lose or tie OR
3) Eagles tie + Rams lose + Packers lose or tie + Falcons lose or tie OR
4) Eagles tie + Rams lose + Packers lose or tie + NO lose or tie
Clinching Scenario No. 1
The first scenario involves the Eagles securing a win over the San Francisco 49ers with help from a Los Angeles Rams loss against the Cleveland Browns.
The simplest of paths is the first one, and it would put Philadelphia six games ahead of the Rams with five games left to play. Other NFL tiebreakers are involved in making this the case, but this is the most direct path for the Eagles in Week 13.
Clinching Scenario No. 2
Scenario No. 2 is a little more complicated than the first one, however, it too involves the need for the Eagles to win. In addition to their own victory, Philadelphia would also need help from a Detroit Lions loss to the New Orleans Saints and a Green Bay Packers loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Not undoable by any stretch of the imagination, but simply put — more dominoes would need to fall if the Rams were to win and ruin the simplicity of scenario No. 1.
Clinching Scenario No. 3
Scenario No. 3 is the first that doesn’t involve an Eagles win at all, but it needs Philadelphia to tie for it to happen.
In addition to the tie, the Eagles would also need the Rams to lose, plus a Packers loss or tie and an Atlanta Falcons loss or tie.
This tie scenario is the first time the Falcons are implemented into the equation. Anything but a win against the New York Jets would work in the Eagles’ favor in this potential situation.
Clinching Scenario No. 4
The fourth and final scenario in Week 13 involves another tie for the Eagles, coupled with three other additional factors. With a Philly tie in this scenario, the Rams would need to outright lose, Green Bay would need to either lose or tie, and the New Orleans Saints would need to lose or tie as well.
While there are several ways for the Eagles to get a playoff spot locked up in Week 13, some are far easier and clear-cut than others. Either way, there’s a realistic chance that the Eagles are the first team in the NFL this year to officially be postseason-bound and it could happen today.
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