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By now, everyone knows that the obvious path to the Philadelphia Eagles holding onto the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture involves the team winning at least one of its last three games.

Beating the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve would be a good way to do that.

But that scenario is not theirs only way to get something this weekend. There are other scenarios that aren’t necessarily likely, but are still worth considering.

CLICKING THE NFC EAST

The Birds can actually clinch their division without also clinching first place in the conference this weekend.

If the Eagles and Cowboys tie, Philly will be crowned NFC East champion. But they won’t secure home-field advantage and a lone first-round bye alone.

CLINCHING NO. 1 SEED

Again, simply beating the Cowboys allows the Eagles to clinch the No. 1 seed.

But they can also do it by tying the Cowboys… AND getting help from the Minnesota Vikings, either losing or tying. The Vikings are a 3.5-point favorite against the New York Giants this weekend.

And note that Vikings-Giants starts at 1:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, while Eagles-Cowboys kicks off at 4:25 PM Eastern. So Philly will know by the time their game starts if they can clinch the No. 1 seed with a tie or not.

It’s safe to say that a draw is an unlikely result for this week’s Eagles game. However, it is not impossible. We’ve already seen a few tie-ins this year. And we almost saw a third when the Vikings narrowly beat the Indianapolis Colts with seconds left in overtime last week.

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