Eagles Could Face One of Three Teams in Divisional Round
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The NFC playoff bracket is set and the 13-3 Eagles could be facing one of three NFC South teams after their bye week.
Here's how the NFC looks after the regular season ended on Sunday afternoon:
1) Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) -- first-round bye
2) Minnesota Vikings (13-3) -- first-round bye
3) Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
4) New Orleans Saints (11-5)
5) Carolina Panthers (11-5)
6) Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
Both the Eagles and Vikings have bye weeks and Philadelphia, by virtue of having the top seed, will draw the lowest-ranked opponent after wild-card weekend.
If Atlanta upsets the third-seeded Rams on Saturday night, the Falcons will travel to Lincoln Financial Field for a game on Jan. 13 or 14. If L.A. holds serve, the Eagles will face the winner of the Panthers-Saints game on Sunday afternoon.
The ominous part of this is the three potential Philadelphia opponents feature quarterbacks that have won the MVP over the past two seasons -- Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Carolina's Cam Newton -- as well as a first-ballot future Hall of Famer in New Orleans' Drew Brees.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen