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NFL playoff picture: If Eagles beat Seahawks, they'll head to Green Bay for divisional round

NFL playoff picture: If Eagles beat Seahawks, they'll head to Green Bay for divisional round

If the Eagles beat the Seahawks on Sunday, we now know who their next opponent will be.

If the Eagles advance to the divisional round next weekend, they will travel to play the second-seeded Packers on Jan. 12 at at 6:40 p.m. EST on FOX.

That was decided on Sunday afternoon when the Vikings upset the Saints 26-20 in New Orleans. Since the Vikings are a lower seed than the Eagles, they will travel to face the top-seeded 49ers in the divisional round. The fourth-seeded Eagles will play in Green Bay.

Had the Saints won, the Eagles (with a win) would have traveled to face the 49ers.

The Eagles went to Green Bay and took down the Packers 34-27 way back in Week 4 this season. It was one of the best wins of the season for the Eagles but a bunch has changed for them since that.

After that loss, the Packers went 10-2 in their final 12 games to earn a first-round bye.

If we look back at the Eagles-Packers game on Sept. 26, Carson Wentz threw for 160 yards and three touchdowns and Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders combined for 159 yards on the ground. Howard had three touchdowns.

On the other side, Aaron Rodgers threw for 422 yards with two touchdowns but also had an interception and lost a fumble.

Statistically speaking, the Packers would be a much easier draw than the 49ers, who rank at or near the top of the league in many categories. The Packers were 15th in points for and ninth in points allowed.

But while the 49ers will have a quarterback making his first career playoff start, the Packers still have Rodgers, who even in a down year is still one of the best and most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Eagles have played the Packers three times in the postseason. The last time came in the 2010 wild card game, when they lost 21-16. The last time the Eagles faced the Packers in the divisional round was a 20-17 overtime win back in 2003. They also beat the Packers in the 1960 championship game.

The Packers are a tough test this year but the good news for the Eagles is that if they are able to beat the Seahawks, that means they will have won five straight games heading into the matchup in Green Bay.

And they’ll be well aware of the fact that they already won once there.

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Derrick Gunn's top NFL games to watch in Week 16

Derrick Gunn's top NFL games to watch in Week 16

Here are my games to watch for Week 16 of the NFL season:

BILLS at PATRIOTS — Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network

Usually, New England has the AFC East wrapped up by now. They’ve won the last 10 straight division titles and 15 of the past 16. This season, the Bills are not ready to concede the title so easily. Back in Week 4, the Bills gave the Pats all they could handle, but Josh Allen threw three interceptions and left with a concussion. Buffalo is in the postseason party for the second time in three seasons, but for them that’s not enough; they feel they can take the division from New England. Two good defenses will be on display Saturday afternoon in Foxborough. Until further notice, New England is still king of the division hill. Buffalo will make a game of of it, but the Bills won't cash in.

RAMS at 49ERS — Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

The Rams are still licking their wounds from getting mauled by the Cowboys. Jared Goff has a bruised thumb on his throwing hand, but the word is he should be fine. The Niners are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Last Sunday they got tripped up by Atlanta. A mild setback, but San Fran can still win the NFC West (win out vs. Rams and Seahawks), and the No. 1 overall seed is up for grabs. The Rams are a big play offense with 66 pass plays of 20-plus yards, but the Niners have the defensive personnel to diffuse them. San Fran went on the road and won the Week 6 meeting between the two. The Rams' hopes of getting back to the Super Bowl will end in Santa Clara.

SAINTS at TITANS — Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX

What a season it's been for New Orleans. Drew Brees gets hurt, Teddy Bridgewater holds down the fort for six games, Brees comes back and becomes the new all-time leader in touchdown passes. His favorite target, Michael Thomas, is also on a record-setting pace, needing just 11 more catches to break Marvin Harrison's single-season reception total (143). The Titans lost a heartbreaker last week against Houston in a battle for first place in the AFC South, and it may have broken their playoff spirit. Tennessee is currently the seventh seed and needs help elsewhere. The Saints are on a mission, and unfortunately for Tennessee, this is not the season we remember the Titans.

CHIEFS at BEARS — Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on NBC

The Bears were making playoff noise having won three in a row until Green Bay officially put their postseason hopes in hibernation. So now, Chicago just wants to finish the season strong. K.C. has gotten hot at the right time. They are champs of the AFC West and winners of four straight. Patrick Mahomes is playing well but not at an MVP level (three INTs in his last four games), yet has weapons galore to choose from. The Chiefs' defense has been playing much better. K.C. will win its fifth straight and the Bears will fall one game below .500

PACKERS at VIKINGS — Monday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Schedule makers knew what they were doing when they made this rematch a Week 16 heavyweight showcase. The Packers won the Week 2 preliminary bout. It's hard to figure out who these Packers are. Their offense is not explosive and their defense is generous, yet they’ve won 11 games. The Vikings went on the West Coast and demolished a Chargers squad that manhandled the Packers a few weeks ago. Aaron Rodgers is 13-8-1 as a starting QB vs the Vikes. In those 22 games, Rodgers has completed 67.9 percent of his passes, thrown 44 touchdowns, has six interceptions and a 109.3 passer rating. The Vikes' run game could suffer if Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is sidelined. Minnesota is the only unbeaten team at home in the league. They’ll make Green Bay pack it in this time to pull even in the standings. Which means the division outcome won't be decided until the final game of the season.

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NFL Week 15 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 15 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are my games to watch for in Week 15 of the NFL season:

Bears at Packers — Sunday, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Bears are growling again. They have three straight wins and are playing like a playoff team. The only problem is their many stumbles along the way have them at just 7-6, and currently the No. 8 seed in the NFC playoff pitcure. They travel to Green Bay with revenge on their minds, still remembering the season-opening loss to the Packers. That the Packers are 10-3 — currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC — is amazing in itself. Defensively, they stop either the run or the pass but never both in a game. Offensively, they don’t score a lot of points and rarely win impressively, but the bottom line is more times than not they have found a way to win. First-year head coach Matt LeFleur has his squad believing in his system. The Pack will rack up their 11th W at Lambeau.

Texans at Titans — Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS

One team is exciting by land, the other by air. Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins gives defenses fits weekly. Tennessee RB Derrick Henry is a battering ram. These two are currently tied for the lead in the AFC South but after getting blasted by Denver last week, Houston is still in control based on best win percentage in division games. The Titans are currently the No. 7 seed. Since QB Ryan Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota after Week 6, the Titans have won six of their last seven and four in a row. Houston has the capability of rising up for big games with wins over the Patriots and Chiefs, but the Titans are hot, and I’m going with the hot team at home. Side note: They'll meet again Week 17.

Vikings at Chargers — Sunday, 4:05 p.m. on CBS

The only thing the Chargers have left to play for is pride and the Vikings are jockeying for better seeding and a possible division title. Under Mike Zimmer, the Vikings have not fared well when traveling west, sporting a 1-6 record in road games played in the Mountain or Pacific time zones. Two of the Chargers' five wins have come against the NFC North. The Vikings' defense is starting to jell again and they’ll need cohesiveness on D because Philip RIvers' offense can light it up at any given moment. The Vikings know what’s at stake — it wont be easy, but they’ll find a way to get the job done.

Rams at Cowboys — Sunday, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Don’t look now, but the Rams are starting to play like the team that represented the NFC in last season’s Super Bowl. They’ve won three in a row with the offense functioning like a well-oiled machine and the defense making plays. As for Dallas, fans are calling for heads to roll, starting with head coach Jason Garrett. They’ve lost three straight and haven’t beaten a quality opponent all season. With that said, they somehow still control the NFC East. They have the the talent all over the field, yet don’t have the wins to show for it. What should have been a promising season will be a disaster if they don’t find a way to rebound and make the playoffs. Sorry, Dallas, until you prove otherwise, you’re just not ram tough enough to win this one.

Bills at Steelers — Sunday, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Just when it looked like Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would have to endure his first losing season in Pittsburgh, his squad has risen from the ashes. A team that was 1-4 at one point is now 8-5, riding a three-game winning streak, and currently the sixth seed in the AFC. What’s even more impressive is that Tomlin is using his third QB of the season. Rookie free agent Devlin “Duck” Hodges has been on the winning side on all three of his starts. The defense has tightened the loose gaps and is playing 'Burgh ball. The Bills have been writing an incredible story of their own. They are currently the fifth seed and just one game behind New England in the AFC East. Buffalo is striving for its first 10-win season since 1999. It will also be Buffalo’s first Sunday night appearance in 12 years. Two good defenses in this one. Two teams hoping to move one step closer to solidifying a playoff spot. This one has the makings of a brass knuckles brawl with the Steelers delivering the final knockout blow.

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