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December 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Washington beats Eagles, clearing way for Seahawks to clinch a playoff spot Sunday

Washington upset the Eagles this afternoon, making Seattle’s path to the playoffs a little more clearer.

Recall at the beginning of the week we passed along the list of all the ways the Seahawks could clinch a playoff spot this week.

Three involved the Eagles losing.

Specifically, now that the Eagles have indeed lost, Seattle can get a playoff berth Sunday with a win over the Cardinals or a tie, or a Dallas win or tie in its game at home against Indianapolis (that’s because what Seattle needed to avoid was a Philly-Dallas tie for the NFC East at 11-5, which would have given the division to the Eagles and possibly create a two-way tie between the Cowboys and Seahawks for the last playoff spot, which would go to Dallas based on head-to-head).

Philadelphia’s losing also eliminates the only scenario in which Seattle could have been kept out of the playoffs at 11-5 (which was already a real long shot requiring a Detroit-Green Bay tie at 11-4-1 and a Dallas-Philly tie at 11-5).

To be sure, Seattle’s hoping for more than just a playoff spot, specifically the NFC West and all that would/could come with that. But the events today are the latest in how it seems a lot of things have been breaking right for the Seahawks the last few weeks.

Here are other ways not involving the Eagles/Cowboys that Seattle can clinch a playoff spot this week:

  • Seattle win + Detroit loss or tie OR
  • Seattle win + Green Bay loss or tie OR
  • Seattle tie + Detroit loss + Green Bay loss OR

Philly’s loss also clinched a playoff spot for the Lions.

And as ESPN notes, Dallas and Green Bay also now just need to win Sunday to get a playoff spot.

 

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