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NFL playoff chase: Eagles sneak in, open as touchdown underdog to Chicago, KC top seed in AFC

The Eagles are headed back to the postseason as Kirk Cousins and the Vikings come up small. Point spreads for three of the four wild-card games are posted.

Eagles fans cheer after the No. 6 seed became official.
Eagles fans cheer after the No. 6 seed became official.Read moreTIM TAI / Staff Photographer

The Eagles did their part, and the Vikings choked.

The Eagles beat the Redskins 24-0 and got into the playoffs when Chicago beat the Vikings. The Eagles will play at Chicago on Sunday (4:40 p.m., NBC).

To send thank-you letters, the Bears' address is Halas Hall, 1920 Football Drive, Lake Forest, IL, 60045. Sure they’d love to hear from you. The rest of the schedule (and point spreads) is below.

The SugarHouse opened the Eagles as 6.5-point underdogs to the Bears, which went 7-1 at home during the regular season. The Birds were 4-4 in road games, including a win over Jacksonville in London.

If the Eagles upset the Bears, they would play at New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 13.


*The Saints have clinched the No. 1 seed. They sat all of their top players and were drilled by the Panthers today.

*The Rams hammered the 49ers and will be the No. 2 seed.

*Chicago is the No. 3 seed.

*The Cowboys, which had a scintillating win over the Giants in a meaningless game, are No. 4.

*Seattle, which squeaked by Arizona, is No. 5.

*The Eagles are the No. 6 seed.


*Kansas City drilled the Raiders, 35-3, and claimed the No. 1 seed.

*New England rolled the Jets and will have the other first-round bye.

*Houston dumped Jacksonville and clinched the AFC South. They are the No. 3 seed.

*The Ravens clinched the AFC North with a heart-stopping win over Cleveland.

*The Chargers will be the No. 5 seed.

*Indianapolis beat Tennessee on Sunday Night Football to get the final AFC playoff berth. Had that game ended in a tie, the Steelers would have been the No. 6 seed. Instead, they’re out of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.


Wild card round

Saturday, Jan. 5: Indianapolis (6) at Houston (3), 4:35 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: No line yet

Saturday, Jan. 5: Seattle (5) at Dallas (4), 8:15 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Dallas -2.5

Sunday, Jan. 6: L.A. Chargers (5) at Baltimore (4), 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Baltimore -3.

Sunday, Jan. 6: Eagles (6) at Chicago (3), 4:40 p.m. (NBC)

Line: Chicago -6.5

Divisional playoffs

Saturday, Jan. 12: at Kansas Cit (1)y, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)

Saturday, Jan. 12: at L.A. Rams (2), 8:15 p.m. (Fox)

Sunday, Jan. 13: at New England (2), 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Jan. 13: at New Orleans (1), 4:40 p.m. (Fox)

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 20: NFC, 3 p.m. (Fox) ... AFC, 6:30 p.m. (CBS)

Super Bowl 53

Sunday, Feb. 3: At Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. (CBS)

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