The name of the pastime this week-end in the National Football League is to keep one eye on the field and the other on the scoreboard to see how the other teams are doing.

There are five games today and on Monday night with a bearing on the playoffs or the home field advantages in them.

In Philadelphia, the Eagles know they beat the New York Giants. If successful, the Eagles then must wait in hopes that Oakland defeats Minnesota or Los Angeles beat Green Bay.

Either combination would give the Eagles a wild-card spot.

The Packers and Vikings are tied for the Central Division lead in the National Conference with 8-6-1 records.

The Vikings have an advantage on a head-to-head basis, with a victory and a tie in their seaso series. A victory in Los Angeles would be the Packers' only guarantee of a playoff berth.

Here are some possibilities:

If the Packers and Vikings both win, the Vikings would win the division title and the Packers would get a wild-card spot.

If both the Packers and Vikings lose, the Vikings would win the division title.

If the packers and the Vikings win, the Falcons would host the Packers in a wild-card playoff.

San Diego plays at Houston and the Oilers, who have clinched a playoff spot, can lock up the home advantage for their game with Miami.

New England, AFC East winner, plays Monday night at Miami and the Dolphins by winning would clinch the home advantage in the wild-card play-off if Houston loses.