Examining Eagles' potential playoff matchups


We don't know who the Eagles will face in their first playoff game, but it has been narrowed down. And we know when the Eagles will play. 

With playoff seeding finalized, the Eagles will host either the Saints, Panthers or Falcons in two weeks at the Linc. The Eagles will host one of those three teams on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4:35 p.m. on NBC.

Here's how the NFC playoff seeds shook out this year:

1. Eagles (13-3)
2. Vikings (13-3) 
3. Rams (11-5)
4. Saints (11-5)
5. Panthers (11-5)
6. Falcons (10-6) 

The Eagles and Vikings have first-round byes.

Because the Eagles got the top seed in the NFC, they won't have to worry about the third-seeded Rams in the divisional round. They'll face the Falcons if Matt Ryan and Co. can upset the Rams. If not, they'll face the winner of the Saints-Panthers game. 

In the NFL, the highest seed faces the lowest seed still left. That's obviously an advantage for the Eagles on paper.

The Falcons will play the Rams in L.A. next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NBC. If the Falcons win, they're coming to Philly. If the Rams win, then you need to pay attention the next day. The Panthers will face the Saints in New Orleans at 4:40 p.m. Sunday.

If the Eagles are able to beat their divisional round opponent, they would host the NFC championship game on Jan. 21 at 6:40 p.m. on FOX.

The Super Bowl is on Feb. 4 in Minnesota.

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