LANDOVER, Maryland — As Doug Pederson will probably tell his team, “We’re not done … yet!”
The Eagles' 2018 season is still alive. It all happened for them on Sunday.
The Eagles crushed the Redskins 24-0 at FedEx Field and then got a little bit of help from the Bears, who beat the Vikings 24-10, eliminating Minnesota from playoff contention.
The Eagles are the sixth seed in the playoffs and will travel to Chicago to face the Bears next weekend in the wild card round.
Pederson will need to bring Matt Nagy a fruit basket when he sees him next week. The Bears played to win against the Vikings and it’s the reason the Eagles are in the dance.
All week, the Eagles tried to stay focused on the task at hand, needing to win against Washington to give themselves a chance to make the playoffs. They took care of business and had to just hope the Bears needed to keep playing. Pederson’s former co-worker and Bears head coach Nagy came through with an assist.
At FedEx Field, there were loud “Let’s go Bears!” chants during the fourth quarter with the Eagles up big. On cue, the Bears scored a touchdown to put them up 21-10.
The Bears took a 13-3 lead into halftime as the Vikings kicked a field goal at the end of the second quarter and held on. The Bears left their starters in for the second half, perhaps watching a somewhat close Seattle game. If the Seahawks lost and the Vikings won, the Bears would have had to play the Seahawks.
The Eagles have now made the playoffs in the last two seasons after missing out in Pederson’s first season as head coach. Obviously, they went on a magical run last season. If that happens this year, they’ll need to keep winning on the road as the lowest seed in the NFC.
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