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NFC East is a three-team race going into Week 17

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The NFC East has been a wild beast to keep track of during the 2020 regular season. But with one week remaining, the final picture has never been clearer. 

With the Cowboys defeating the Eagles, Philadelphia was the lone team knocked out of any divisional title contention. While Dallas kept itself alive for another week, New York and Washington did themselves no favors heading into crucial Week 17 action.

Here are the playoff scenarios for every possible NFC East result next week. 

Washington (6-9)

The Burgundy and Gold can win the NFC East and earn the fourth seed in the NFC playoff picture with a win against the Eagles in Philadelphia. It helps that the Eagles have nothing left to play for, but that can just as easily make them loose and ready to play spoilers. 

If Washington and Philadelphia somehow tie, then the Football Team -- by virtue of having one less loss than the Giants -- would win the division. 

Dallas (6-9)

It seems like the Cowboys were out of postseason contention since quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending injury the last time Dallas played the Giants in mid-October. Yet, coach Mike McCarthy has kept his squad in the hunt for an NFC East title thanks to a three-game winning streak and no one at the top capable of pulling away. 

A win or tie against the Giants AND a Washington loss to Philadelphia would see Andy Dalton representing the division in the playoffs. 

 

New York Giants (5-10) 

Similar to Dallas, the Giants need a Washington loss and have to win themselves to sneak in the playoffs. Unlike the Cowboys, however, New York has a head-to-head tiebreaker.

Washington notched two landslide victories over the Cowboys this season. The two wins came by a combined 47 points. Against the Giants, on the other hand, Washington wasn't so fortunate -- losing two close games by a combined four points. 

Those narrow margins could play a big role next week. It gives New York a legitimate shot. The Giants need to win first, though.