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The Eagles are playoff from a technical standpoint, but it won’t be official until after the Packers are able to defeat the Vikings on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

49ers star rookie Trey Lance threw two touchdown passes in the second half of his second career start, and San Francisco 49ers stayed alive in the playoff hunt with a 23-7 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

San Francisco (9-7) started Lance with Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined by a thumb injury and the 49ers will be able to clinch their second playoff berth in five seasons under coach Kyle Shanahan with a loss by New Orleans or a win next week against the Rams.

For Philadelphia, Sunday’s victory by San Francisco eliminated a potential three-way tie between San Francisco, New Orleans, and Philadelphia per Mike Kaye of

Such a tie-breaker scenario would have provided the 49ers and Saints the postseason advantage over the Eagles based on their strength of schedule.

Philadelphia owns the tie-breaker scenario over New Orleans thanks to their win earlier this season, and they’ll simply need Green Bay to defeat the Vikings on Sunday night in order for the Eagles to enter Week 18 in the playoffs.


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