The Philadelphia Eagles denied the Dallas Cowboys the NFC East title as they boosted their postseason chances, while the Seattle Seahawks endured a forgettable outing against the Arizona Cardinals.

Philadelphia used a 17-9 victory over NFL rivals the Cowboys on Sunday to take a big step towards the playoffs.

The injury-hit Seahawks were left licking their wounds after a damaging 27-13 defeat to the Cardinals in Seattle in the race for the number one seed in the NFC.

 

EAGLES FLYING TOWARDS PLAYOFFS

The Eagles are one game away from a trip to the playoffs after topping the Cowboys in Philadelphia.

Sidney Jones sealed a vital win when he broke up Dak Prescott's fourth-down pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup with just over a minute remaining.

A victory would have sealed back-to-back NFC East titles for the Cowboys (7-8), instead the Eagles (8-7) are in the box seat heading into their final regular-season game against the New York Giants.

"You can see the sense of belief that each of these guys have," said Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who was 31 of 40 for 319 yards and a touchdown as his team celebrated a third straight win.

Cowboys QB Prescott – who carried a shoulder issue into the contest – was 25 of 44 for 265 yards, with Dallas needing to beat the Washington Redskins and hope the Eagles lose.

 

SEAHAWKS' TOP SEED HOPES FADE AS INJURIES MOUNT

Already playoff bound, the Seahawks' hopes of clinching the top seed in the NFC potentially vanished after going down to the Cardinals.

The Seahawks dropped to 11-4 for the season, behind leaders the San Francisco 49ers (12-3), New Orleans Saints (12-3) and Green Bay Packers (11-3).

Seattle, who entered the week as the top seed, can seal the NFC West with victory over the 49ers. But they are set to be without running back Chris Carson (hip) and backup C.J. Prosise (broken arm), for the rest of the season.

Kenyan Drake led the Cardinals, rushing for 166 yards and two touchdowns, while Kyler Murray left in the third quarter due to a hamstring injury.

 

MAHOMES PUTS ON A SHOW

Reigning MVP and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes inspired a 26-3 rout of the Chicago Bears with three scores on the road.

Mahomes – who was 23 of 33 for 251 yards – threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Chiefs (11-4) stayed in contention for a first-round playoff bye. He also became the first player in NFL history to record 9,000 passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns in his first 30 games.

The streaking Chiefs, coming off a fifth consecutive win, are a game behind the New England Patriots for the AFC's second seed.

Elsewhere, the Oakland Raiders kept their postseason hopes alive by trumping the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17, while the Detroit Lions fell to an eighth consecutive defeat after losing 27-17 to the Denver Broncos.

 

HARBAUGH REVELS IN RAVENS SUCCESS

The Baltimore Ravens clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs for the first time thanks to an 11th successive win – a 31-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

"It feels good," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said after locking up homefield advantage.

"The players deserve a tremendous amount of credit for it. It's hard to win any game in the NFL. When you put together this kind of season, it's quite an accomplishment."

 

Week 16 scores:

Atlanta Falcons 24-12 Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens 31-15 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 38-6 Carolina Panthers
Miami Dolphins 38-35 Cincinnati Bengals (OT)
New York Jets 16-10 Pittsburgh Steelers
New Orleans Saints 38-28 Tennessee Titans
New York Giants 41-35 Washington Redskins (OT)
Denver Broncos 27-17 Detroit Lions
Oakland Raiders 24-17 Los Angeles Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles 17-9 Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals 27-13 Seattle Seahawks
Kansas City Chiefs 26-3 Chicago Bears

A fan was ejected from Doug Pederson's news conference following the Philadelphia Eagles' crucial NFL win over rivals the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles seized control of the NFC East thanks to a 17-9 victory against the Cowboys in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Philadelphia at least temporarily denied Dallas a second successive NFC East title, with the Eagles needing to win their final regular-season game against the New York Giants to clinch the division.

The result left the door wide open for the Eagles to advance to the playoffs and as head coach Pederson tried to reflect on the performance, there was a surprise visitor.

As Pederson spoke to reporters, the Eagles boss noticed an uncredentialed person had made their way into the conference.

The fan managed to ask a question about Eli Manning and the Giants – Philadelphia's next opponents. He asked: "Doug, meeting Eli next weekend, what do you think?"

Pederson replied, "Who is this? Is he with the media? Is he credentialed?"

The spectator was then escorted out of the room.

"This will be on SportsCenter," Pederson joked as the news conference resumed.

The Eagles (8-7) are away to the Giants (4-11) in New York on December 29.

Darren Sproles has announced he will retire at the end of the 2019 season.

The veteran Philadelphia Eagles running back signed up for one more campaign at Lincoln Financial Field in July, having initially stated his intention to end his career following the 2018 campaign.

Yet Sproles, who has also played for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints prior to his six seasons in Philadelphia, will now call it a day, having moved up to fifth in the NFL's all-time list for all-purpose yards gained.

"I owe so much to the game of football and I gave it all I had in return," said Sproles in a lengthy message to fans posted on the Eagles' official website.

"I gave it everything I had on every play. I rode it until the wheels fell off. That's the way I played and that's the way I practiced.

"When I re-signed with the Eagles back in July, I knew it was going to be my last season, and now my body is telling me it's time to step away from the game. It's time to call it a career.

"So when the season comes to an end, I'm going to officially retire from the National Football League. But I wanted to announce it today [Saturday] so that we can appreciate the moment together on Sunday [when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys]."

Sproles sustained a torn hip flexor last month, ending his hopes of featuring again for the Eagles.

"Spending the past month on injured reserve has been hard," he added. "I want to be out there with my guys. But I've had the chance to spend a lot of time with my family and I'm at peace with this decision.

"My kids are kind of sad that my career is coming to an end because they told me that they love to see me play. They inspired me. They kept me going.

"I'm proud that they were able to see me play at a high level because I wanted to show my kids that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to, as long as you are willing to work hard for it. There's no quit, especially when times get tough and rocky."

Jerry Rice, Brian Mitchell, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith are the only players to have more yards than Sproles, who amassed 19,696 after being selected by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft. 

Dak Prescott's playing status for the Dallas Cowboys' showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles is not in question, according to the team's official injury report.

Cowboys quarterback Prescott sprained his right shoulder during last week's NFL victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

However, Prescott is set to start against the Eagles on Sunday as both teams vie for a playoff berth, despite limited practice on Friday.

The NFC East title will be on the line when the Cowboys visit the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field – Dallas and Philadelphia sharing 7-7 records atop the division with two games remaining in the regular season.

This season, Cowboys star Prescott has completed 340 throws for 4,334 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott insisted he will be fit to face the Philadelphia Eagles in a crucial NFL showdown as both teams vie for a playoff berth.

Prescott's availability for Sunday's blockbuster has been questioned due to a sprained right shoulder suffered in the opening quarter of last week's victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFC East title will be on the line when the Cowboys visit the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field – both franchises sharing 7-7 records atop the division with two games remaining in the regular season.

Cowboys star Prescott allayed fears over his availability, telling reporters on Thursday: "I'll be good to go Sunday.

"I'm getting better, simple as that. Mobility, function of it, it's all improving. That's the key. That's the goal… It's just annoying. I mean, it's nagging. Definitely dealt with a lot more pain, so it's just annoying.

"It [the injury] happened early in the game [against the Rams] and I was fine, played throughout the whole second half without it being a problem, without it being an issue. And I expect the same this Sunday."

Prescott, who did not attempt a throw during Thursday's portion of practice open to the media, added: "It's frustrating. I'm a guy that likes to be in the action. I don't like to sit back, don't like to take any reps off, but it's good mentally.

"It's always fun just challenging yourself, and right now it's just a mental challenge. Same preparation in the game plan, if not doubling down, since I don't get those physical reps."

On Prescott's limited preparation, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan: "You like for everybody to be out there practicing, but I'm totally convinced that he'll be in top form.

"And we've got to have him in top and he will be in top form. So, I think the situation has been described accurately. These are things that guys play with and they practice with. So, I think we're in good shape. Not worried about it."

The Houston Texans can seal the AFC South title with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday before the New Orleans Saints face a huge battle with the Tennessee Titans in the penultimate week of the regular season.

Houston won a crunch clash with the Titans last weekend to give themselves the edge in the division and could get the job done this weekend, with another showdown against Tennessee to come in Week 17.

The Titans host NFC South winners the Saints on Sunday, while the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers have home advantage in the other two Saturday encounters.

Using data from Stats Perform, we take a closer look at all the Week 16 fixtures.

 


SATURDAY (all times Eastern)

Texans (9-5) at Buccaneers (7-7) 1pm

- The Texans have won all three meetings with the Buccaneers since losing the first one in 2003. Tampa Bay have averaged just 12.0 points in those matchups – the lowest all-time average against any opponent other than the Patriots (11.9).

- Houston need four touchdowns to tie the single-season franchise record of 46, set in 2009 and matched in 2012. 

- The Bucs are looking to match their longest winning streak of the past 15 years – a five-game run in 2016. They have scored at least 28 points in every game during the current winning sequence.

 

Bills (10-4) at Patriots (11-3) 4:30pm

- Of teams to square off at least 10 times since 2000, the Patriots-Bills series is the most lopsided in the NFL, with New England owning a 34-5 record.

- The Patriots are seeking a 13th season with a least 12 wins, which would tie Dallas and San Francisco for the most in NFL history.

- Josh Allen needs 50 passing yards to reach 5000 for his career in what would be his 27th NFL game. He would join Robert Griffin III (22) and Cam Newton (23) as the only players to reach that mark and 1000 rushing yards in fewer than 30 games.

 

Rams (8-6) at 49ers (11-3) 8:15pm

- The Rams have won their last two matches in San Francisco, totalling 80 points, after going 2-9-1 in their previous 12 visits and scoring no more than 25 points in any of them.

- The 49ers have allowed more than 20 points in five of their last seven games after not doing so once through their first seven outings of the season. 

- Jared Goff is two passing yards shy of becoming the first Rams quarterback to throw for 4000 yards in back-to-back seasons. 

 

SUNDAY

Bengals (1-13) at Dolphins (3-11) 1pm

- Miami are 15-7 all-time against Cincinnati, including 6-2 at home. Cincinnati could tie a franchise record of 14 losses, which they also suffered in 2002.

- The Dolphins have not scored a touchdown in any of their last eight red-zone drives – only the Redskins (10) have had a longer streak this season.

- Cincinnati have failed to score a touchdown in the second half of seven consecutive games. The last team to have a longer such run was also the Bengals, in eight straight spanning the 1999-00 seasons. 

 

Steelers (8-6) at Jets (5-9) 1pm

- The Steelers are 20-5 (.800) against the Jets all-time, tied for the best winning percentage between any current franchises that have played at least 20 times. 

- The Jets allowed a season-high 42 points in last week's loss at Baltimore and were undone by five touchdown passes for only the second time in the last 30 years.

- Devlin Hodges is on pace to have the highest completion percentage by a rookie all-time at 67.8 percent (minimum 100 attempts), but 28.8 per cent of his completions have been behind the line of scrimmage. 

 

Giants (3-11) at Redskins (3-11) 1pm

- The Giants are 9-4 in their last 13 games in Washington, dating back to the 2006 season. They have scored at least 17 points in all nine of their wins, and 16 or fewer in each of their four losses. 

- New York beat the Dolphins 36-20 at home last week, snapping a nine-game losing streak, which was the longest in franchise history.

- The Redskins went down 37-27 to the Eagles on Sunday, the most points they have allowed this season. 

 

Panthers (5-9) at Colts (6-8) 1pm

- The Panthers are 5-1 all-time versus the Colts and Carolina have never lost at Indianapolis (3-0). All five of Carolina's victories have come by eight points or fewer, including two in overtime.

- The Colts were 5-2 after seven games, but have lost six of their last seven. Indianapolis have lost four straight games and have allowed 31 or more points in each of the last three.

- Indianapolis have allowed an NFL-high 34.3 points per game this month, while the Panthers have conceded 33.0 points per game, third-most in the competition.

 

Ravens (12-2) at Browns (6-8) 1pm

- The Ravens' last loss came at the hands of the Browns, a 40-25 defeat in Week 4. Cleveland have not swept Baltimore in a season, or won consecutive games against the Ravens, since 2007.

- Baltimore's 10-game winning streak is the longest in the team's history; no team has won 11 straight games in a single season since the 2016 Cowboys.

- The Browns have won four consecutive home games for the first time since they won seven in succession in 2007.

 

Jaguars (5-9) at Falcons (5-9) 1pm

- This will be just the seventh meeting between the Jaguars and Falcons, with both winning three so far. The Jaguars have lost in their last two visits to Atlanta, winning in Georgia only once in 1999.

- Jacksonville snapped a five-game losing streak with a 20-16 win last week in the Raiders' final home game in Oakland. The Jaguars have scored 20 points or fewer in six consecutive games, the longest ongoing streak in the NFL.

- The Jaguars have not turned the ball over or forced a turnover in their last two games. No NFL team in the Super Bowl era have done this in three consecutive games.

 

Saints (11-3) at Titans (8-6) 1pm

- The Titans have won five of their last six games against the Saints, including a 34-28 overtime win in their most recent meeting in Week 9 of 2015.

- The Saints defeated the Colts 34-7 at home on Monday. That was New Orleans' ninth game scoring 30 or more points this season, which is tied for the third-most 30-point games in a season in team history and one short of their single-season high (2011 and 2018).

- Since Week 10, the Titans are scoring 34.2 per game, the second-highest average in the NFL. Over that same period, the Saints are averaging 30.5 points per game.

 

Raiders (6-8) at Chargers (5-9) 4:05pm

- Either the Chargers or Raiders have swept the season series between these teams in every campaign since 2014. The Raiders won the first meeting this year.

- The Chargers have scored at least 10 points in 65 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL and the second-longest in franchise history (98 straight from 2006-12).

- Philip Rivers has thrown a TD pass in 24 consecutive games against the Raiders, tied for the second-longest run all-time against a single opponent behind Brett Favre's 26 versus the Bears.

 

Lions (3-10) at Broncos (5-9) 4:05pm

- The Lions have lost seven in a row after starting the season 3-3-1. Detroit have had seven seven-game losing streaks since 2000.

- Danny Amendola had eight catches for 102 yards in the Lions' loss to the Bucs last time out. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season, the most he has had in a campaign since matching that feat in 2013.

- Courtland Sutton surpassed 1000 receiving yards for the season in a Week 15 loss to the Chiefs. He is the first Broncos player with 1000-plus receiving yards in a season since 2016.

 

Cardinals (4-9) at Seahawks (11-3) 4:25pm

- Seattle have won three in a row versus Arizona. The Seahawks have only won four on the bounce against the Cardinals once, a streak that spanned from 2004 to 2006.

- The Cardinals beat the Browns 38-24 last week, snapping a six-game losing streak. It was their first victory by more than six points this season.

- Kenyan Drake ran for 137 yards on 22 carries against Cleveland, scoring four rushing touchdowns in Arizona's win. He became the fourth player in franchise history to score at least four rushing touchdowns in a game and the first since Ronald Moore in 1993.

 

Cowboys (7-7) at Eagles (7-7) 4:25pm

- Dallas have won four straight games against Philadelphia, its longest streak versus the Eagles since a six-game winning run that stretched from November 1992 to November 1995. 

- Carson Wentz was 11-for-11 in the fourth quarter in a defeat of the Redskins last week, just the second time in his career he's had a perfect quarter with at least 10 attempts.

- The Cowboys defense have allowed just 10 broken tackles this season, tied with Tennessee for second fewest in the league behind Washington (nine).

 

Chiefs (10-4) at Bears (7-7) 8:20pm

- These teams last met in Week 5, 2015, when the Bears trailed 17-6 late in the game but scored two touchdowns in the final 3:05 to win 18-17.

- The Chiefs beat the Broncos 23-3 at home last week, their fourth consecutive win. They have conceded 17 or fewer points in each of those four games.

- Kansas City are averaging 6.4 yards per first down this season, third most in the league – only San Francisco and New Orleans (6.5 each) have averaged more. 

 

MONDAY

Packers (11-3) at Vikings (10-4) 8:15pm

- The Vikings have won the last three contests played in Minneapolis and hold a 29-28 lead in home contests against Green Bay.

- The Packers were 21-13 winners at home to the Bears last week, improving their record against NFC North teams to 4-0 this season. Green Bay have not gone undefeated against all division rivals since 2011.

- Aaron Jones had two more rushing touchdowns against the Bears, giving him 17 scrimmage TDs this season. That is the third-most scrimmage touchdowns in a single season by a Packers running back behind Ahman Green in 2003 (20) and Jim Taylor in 1962 (19).

It is advantage the Houston Texans in the AFC South after they held on for a 24-21 win over the Tennessee Titans, while the New England Patriots sealed a playoff spot with victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

The Texans and the Titans were locked at 8-5 before doing battle in Week 15 on Sunday, but Houston now have the edge with two rounds of the regular season remaining.

New England responded to back-to-back defeats with a 34-13 success over the Bengals, while the Seattle Seahawks stood on the brink of joining the reigning Super Bowl champions in the postseason following a 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers.

NFC North leaders the Green Bay Packers were also poised to seal a playoff spot after Aaron Jones scored two touchdowns in a 21-13 defeat of the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

Travis Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 23-3 in the snow.

Eli Manning guided the New York Giants past the Miami Dolphins, throwing 20-of-28 for 283 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Meanwhile, it was a mixed day for Adrian Peterson, another veteran, who tied Walter Payton for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns (110) in NFL history as the Washington Redskins' loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.


TEXANS HALT TITANS RUN IN BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN

Tennessee had won four in a row to join the Texans at the summit of the AFC South, but they were beaten in their own backyard in a titanic battle.

Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes for Kenny Stills in the second quarter to give Houston a 14-0 halftime advantage.

But Ryan Tannehill went in for a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play in the third quarter and then picked out AJ Brown for another to level it up.

Ka'imi Fairbairn's 29-yard field goal with just over three minutes to go ultimately proved the difference after a TD from Carlos Hyde, with the response from Dion Lewis not enough.
 

NORMAL SERVICE RESUMED AS BELICHICK BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD

The Patriots were reeling from defeats to the Texans and the Chiefs, but normal service was resumed as they marched into the playoffs yet again.

Head coach Bill Belichick can add another unprecedented achievement to his list, with his record of masterminding 11 consecutive postseason spots taking him beyond a tally he shared with Tony Dungy.

Tom Brady threw for a season-low 128 yards but laid on two scores in an emphatic victory against the 1-13 Bengals, with the Patriots now 11-3.
 

PACKERS SWEEP BEARS

The Packers beat the Bears again in the 200th meeting between the old rivals. 

Green Bay started the season by defeating Chicago, and they pulled off a repeat to go 11-3 at the top of the NFC North.

Two rushing TDs from Jones in the third quarter left the Bears with a mountain to climb and, although they fought all the way, with Anthony Miller scoring in the final quarter, Chicago fell short and are now 7-7.
 

Week 15 scores:

New England Patriots 34-13 Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-17 Detroit Lions
Houston Texans 24-21 Tennessee Titans
Denver Broncos 3-23 Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins 20-36 New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles 37-27 Washington Redskins
Seattle Seahawks 30-24 Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears 13-21 Green Bay Packers

Alshon Jeffery has been ruled out for the rest of the NFL season after the Philadelphia Eagles placed him on injured reserve.

The Eagles confirmed on Thursday they have put Jeffery on IR due to a foot problem, ruling him out for the rest of 2019.

Jeffery sustained the non-contact injury in the first half of his team's 23-17 home overtime win over the New York Giants on Monday, the wide receiver having to be taken to the locker room on a cart.

Despite being at 6-7, the Eagles are still in the running for a playoff place with a record the same as that of NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys atop the division.

Jeffery ends the season with 43 catches for 490 yards and four touchdowns, having been limited to playing in 10 games.

In his third season with the Eagles, the 29-year-old was part of their Super Bowl winning team in February 2018.

Following Jeffery's departure, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward were the Eagles' only two other active receivers against the Giants, with Nelson Agholor still battling a knee problem and DeSean Jackson already on IR.

Along with placing Jeffery on IR, the Eagles added some WR depth by promoting Robert Davis from the practice squad.

But the Eagles, who are on the road against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, are now likely to be leaning heavily on tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert over the decisive weeks of the season.

The Tennessee Titans take on AFC South rivals the Houston Texans in the stand-out match of the NFL schedule in Week 15.

With both teams holding an 8-5 record, there are huge playoff implications to Sunday's meeting with just three matches left of the regular season.

But that is far from the only game to keep an eye on in the coming days, with the under-pressure Dallas Cowboys hosting the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The New England Patriots are also looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back defeats when they play the Cincinnati Bengals.

Using data from Stats Perform, we take a closer look at all the Week 15 fixtures.

 

Carson Wentz believes the Philadelphia Eagles' overtime victory over the New York Giants can prove to be a decisive moment in their season.

Wentz put on a second-half masterclass on Monday as the Eagles overturned a 14-point deficit to win 23-17 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Zach Ertz was the hero as he caught a two-yard touchdown in OT, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Eagles (6-7).

Doug Pederson's team are now level with the Dallas Cowboys at the top of the NFC East standings, and Wentz is hopeful the Eagles can now kick on as the regular season approaches its conclusion.

"It's huge for us, we realise it was a sloppy game for a while but the way the guys hung tough and stayed together was huge. Guys stepping up and making plays is huge for their confidence and ours as a team," Wentz told a news conference.

"We realised our backs were against the wall. The first half was obviously very ugly, but we stayed together. We said to keep believing, we needed to make a decision which was going to define us. We knew it wasn't the first half.

"That was a rough one and ugly one, but we kept believing. Defence was going to take care of their pace, which they did, and offensively we did enough.

"This is huge for the whole team. To come in after half-time and be where we were, it's a season-on-the-line type thing. I was a little bummed we didn't win it in regulation but to come out in overtime and get the win is huge for me personally and the entire team.

"It's big for me and all these guys. The emotional rollercoaster of the day, realising how poor we were in the first half, it spurred us on in the second and we just kept making plays, I don't think I've had an overtime win, it was a lot of fun."

The Eagles have been rocked by injuries in recent weeks, and fielded makeshift or inexperienced receivers, including Boston Scott, who put in a standout display.

"We've seen what he's done in camp and preseason but his opportunities have been limited throughout the season," Wentz said of Scott.

"To step up the way he did, running between the tackles, outside the tackles, making plays in the screen game and the passing game, he did a great job and he was the little spark plug for us there. 

"I'm going to evaluate every play and there's a lot of things I can be better on as well. I just kept trusting the plays, trusting the guys and tried to play fast. I can't say enough good things about the guys who stepped up for us.

"A lot of guys were in positions that we didn't practice this week but that's how it goes sometimes. Not only making the physical plays but mentally being locked in was huge for us."

The Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime and keep their postseason hopes alive.

In a gritty performance in Philadelphia on Monday, Zach Ertz caught a two-yard touchdown in OT to secure victory as the Eagles overcame a 17-3 deficit.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and saw the Eagles (6-7) move level with rivals the Dallas Cowboys (6-7) for the NFC East lead.

In a crucial game for the Eagles, it was Eli Manning and the Giants who made a strong start at Lincoln Financial Field.

Making his first start since Week 2, Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning threw two touchdowns to Darius Slayton.

After a scoreless first quarter, Manning – who finished 15 of 30 for 203 yards and two TDs – threw a 35-yard pass to Slayton before connecting with the rookie again as half-time approached.

Fans booed the Eagles as they headed into the locker room at half-time, with Philadelphia's only score a Jake Elliott field goal.

The Eagles dug deep in the second half – quarterback Carson Wentz leading the rally as the hosts reduced the Giants' lead to 17-10 entering the final quarter.

Wentz helped level the contest at 17-17 when he found Ertz on a two-yard pass with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, before the pair combined again in additional time.

Wentz ended the game 33-of-50 for 325 yards and two touchdowns, while he also had five carries.

Eli Manning will start for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 after Daniel Jones was officially ruled out of the game.

Quarterback Jones - who took over as the Giants' starter in Week 3, leading the team to back-to-back victories in his first two NFL outings - has not practiced all week due to a high ankle sprain.

The rookie suffered the injury in the 31-13 home loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, a result that extended New York's losing streak to eight games.

Manning will now make his 245th start for the franchise in an all-NFC East battle in Philadelphia on Monday.

"He looks good. He's had a good week. He always has a good look in his eye," Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula said on Friday.

The two-time Super Bowl winner will be aided in his return by the availability of Golden Tate. The wide receiver is set to feature after clearing concussion protocol, but tight end Evan Engram is again out.

They will also be without Jabrill Peppers; the safety has been placed on injured reserve, bringing an end to his campaign, due to a back injury. 

Sean Chandler - signed off the practice squad - takes Peppers' place on the roster, while the fit-again Kareem Martin replaces fellow linebacker Chris Peace, who - like Peppers - is also done for the season.

The Buffalo Bills against Lamar Jackson's Baltimore Ravens is the stand-out match-up of the Week 14 NFL schedule.

Orchard Park plays host as the Ravens chase a ninth straight win, having moved to top spot in the AFC last week.

But that is far from the only game to keep an eye on in the coming days, with the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers meeting, while the New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

As division rivals the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks also face one another, there is plenty to look forward to.

Using data from Stats Perform, we take a closer look at all the Week 14 fixtures.

 

Eli Manning is "very likely" to start at quarterback for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles due to Daniel Jones' injury, the team have announced.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning, 38, began the season under center for the Giants but lost his place after Week 2 to rookie Jones, a surprise sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jones led New York to back-to-back wins in his first two professional games, but the team have lost eight straight since, falling to 2-10.

The 22-year-old has passed for 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this year, along with two rushing scores.

But coach Pat Shurmur revealed on Wednesday, according to the Giants' official website, Jones has a moderate high ankle sprain.

Manning is therefore in line for a return against NFC East rivals the Eagles on Monday, having passed for two touchdowns and two interceptions through two games in 2019.

Jones is in a walking boot and did not practice on Wednesday, having seemingly suffered the injury in an incident involving the Green Bay Packers' Preston Smith early on Sunday.

He finished the 31-13 defeat, completing 20 of 37 passes for a touchdown and three interceptions.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said "we didn't f****** play well" as he provided an honest assessment of Sunday's defeat.

The slumping Eagles and their NFL playoff hopes were dealt a major blow after going down 37-31 to the lowly Miami Dolphins.

Philadelphia led 28-14 in the third quarter but were outscored 23-3 for the remainder of the game in Miami, where the Eagles fell to a third consecutive loss.

"You don't want to be Captain Obvious. We didn't f****** play well," said Jenkins.

"You know that. There is no need to beat a dead horse. Figure out what it is, watch the tape like you would any other day, go back to work."

The Eagles dropped to 5-7 in their pursuit of the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys.

Philadelphia have four games remaining, all against division rivals – the New York Giants (December 9), Washington Redskins (December 15), Cowboys (December 22) and Giants (December 29).

"I mean, that's the thing, as crazy as this is, I would say it's a long shot, but we're not out of it," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. "We do have four of our division opponents coming up.

"The guys have got to understand that, and it's my job to make sure they do understand that – that we're still fighting and coming to work this week and ready to go and try to figure this thing out.

"But I've got to show them exactly where we are and what we need to do with these next four games."

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