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A Bad Season for the Birds Will End on Sunday Night Football With Eagles-Washington

Eagles fans will have to wait until the last game of the regular season to find out if the Birds play spoiler in the NFC East or secure a better draft position

Eagles-Washington moved to Sunday Night Football in Week 17 originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles next week will get a chance to play spoiler in front of a national audience to cap off the 2020 regular season.

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The Eagles-Washington game that was initially scheduled for 1 p.m. next Sunday has been moved into the 8:20 p.m. Sunday Night Football slot on NBC10.

While the Eagles (4-10-1) were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday with their 37-17 loss to the Cowboys, Washington (6-9) is still alive in the NFC East. And no matter what the Giants (5-10) and Cowboys (6-9) do earlier in the day, it’s a win-and-in for the Washington Football Team.

The Eagles are the only team in the division that has been eliminated.

Here are the Week 17 NFC East playoff scenarios:

  • If Washington beats the Eagles, they win the division.
  • If the Cowboys beat the Giants and Washington loses, then the Cowboys win the division.
  • If the Giants beat the Cowboys and Washington loses, the Giants would end up winning the division in a three-way tie because of head-to-head record.

The Giants host the Cowboys at 1 p.m. next Sunday but we won’t know the winner of the NFC East until the Eagles host Washington later that night. So no matter what, there will be plenty of intrigue around the Eagles-Washington game, which is likely why it was moved into the primetime spot.

The Eagles don’t have anything left to play for — and they’d be better off losing and securing a higher draft pick — but the coaches and players will probably relish an opportunity to play spoiler next Sunday night.

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