NFC East Capsule: Week 17

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2008

The New York Giants had already clinched home field throughout the NFC playoffs entering Sunday's game at the Metrodome. David Carr relieved Eli Manning, completing 8/11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to overcome the Minnesota Vikings, as the G-Men fell to the home team 20-19 on a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

The Giants will have a first round bye and have the No. 1 seed. They will face the lower seed that is victorious in next weekend's wild card round.

The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles came into the game separated by a half-game. With losses by the Bears and Buccaneers in the early games, it was simple. If Dallas won, they would get the final spot in the playoffs, and if the Eagles won, they were in.

It wasn't even close. It was tied 3-3 in the second, and then midnight struck for Big D as the Eagles strolled on to a 44-6 home win at Lincoln Financial to secure the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Next week, Philly heads to Minneapolis to face the NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings. As for T.O. and Romo, well, they can spend the New Year on a beach if they wish to. The Giants will have the week off by virtue of being the top seed. The Skins lost in a meaningless game in San Fran, so they are done until August.



FINAL STANDINGS

1. Giants 12-4
2. Eagles 9-6-1
3. Cowboys 9-7
4. Redskins 8-8

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