The NFC East title will come down to the final game of the regular season, when the Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.
The game is tentatively set for 1 p.m. EST, but can be flexed into the “Sunday Night Football” spot as late as Monday. The Cowboys’ victory over the Washington Redskins ensured that tonight’s “SNF” game between the Eagles and the Chicago Bears would have less significance for the Eagles because it doesn’t factor into the division standings. As far as that goes, everything is riding on next Sunday’s game, but Coach Chip Kelly isn’t approaching this game that way. There is something to be gained by a win because it would give the Eagles the tiebreaker over the Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers — all of whom are duking it out for playoff spot and could be seeded higher than the Eagles if the Bears win.
Besides, a victory tonight would guarantee a winning record in Kelly’s first season.
“We’ve got to play,” Kelly said Monday when asked about resting players tonight (via CSNPhilly.com). “We’re not in a situation where we’ve got to rest anybody. We’ve got to play and get back on the winning track. We’ve got to be ready to play winning football.”