Eagles NFC East Champions

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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The Eagles clinched the NFC East for the first time since 2006 with a Giants loss Sunday evening. (Courtesy Getty FILE)

It wasn’t exactly the way the 70-some thousand ticket holders and millions of Eagles fans envisioned celebrating tonight if the Eagles were to clinch the NFC East division title. But nonetheless, the Eagles became NFC Eastern Division Champions for the sixth time under head coach Andy Reid Sunday night. Bars, homes and anywhere else Eagles fans found themselves stuck brightened up just a little bit with the news.

All the Eagles players were sent home Sunday afternoon and were able to sit down and watch a day of football. But without even suiting up on Sunday, they were able to punch their tickets into the playoffs as they were crowned 2010 NFC East Division Champions after a New York Giant 45-17, six turnover debacle to the Green Bay Packers.

It is the first time since 2006 the Eagles have been division champions, validating what has been a delightfully surprising season.

According to the team, authentic NFC East Division championship merchandise is available immediately on PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Fans can also visit the Pro Shop at Lincoln Financial Field or the Eagles End Zone in Lancaster, Pa for the gear.

For the night, the city will celebrate just a little bit, but tomorrow it’s back to business for the Birds as they prepare for the final two games of their season, which still do have meaning, as the team is looking to go into the playoffs as the number two seed, in order to secure a first round bye.

The Chicago Bears handled their business Sunday afternoon after edging out a 38-34 win over the New York Jets, which means it will come down to the final week.

Eagles clinch second seed if…

Eagles win out, beating Vikings on Tuesday night and Cowboys in Week 17 AND Packers beat the Bears in Week 17.

Bears clinch second seed if…

Bears beat the Packers in Week 17 OR Philly loses to either Vikings on Tuesday or Cowboys in Week 17.

If the Eagles can’t clinch the second seed and get the first round bye, they will be the three seed facing sixth seed who, the way it looks right now, will either be the Packers or Giants. That would also mean the Eagles will have to play three games in a span of 12-13 days depending on the playoff scheduling.

The Eagles will only have five days to prepare for the Cowboys following the Vikings game but Coach Andy Reid isn’t worry about it.

“I don’t think it’s a problem,” Reid said. “I think we’ll be all right. We’ve had Monday games, Sunday night games, we had a Thursday game, so we’ve been through a lot of this already, and that will help us. We’ll be fine.”

It is going to be an exciting Week 17 next week with so many playoff implications but there’s still a game to played Tuesday night for the Eagles/Vikings in Philadelphia.

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