Washington is out of the Wild Card race following Cardinals win originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Football Team still has a path to the playoffs, but after Sunday, it does not involve the NFC Wild Card.
That is due to the Arizona Cardinals picking up a thrilling win over the Philadelphia Eagles to advance to 8-6 on the season and keep possession of the No. 7 seed in the NFC. With Washington at 6-8, both teams could finish the season 8-8. However, an early-season matchup between the two will give the tiebreaker to Arizona.
Washington fell to the Cardinals in Week 2 of the NFL season 30-15, and while the team was much different then, it could impact the playoff chances as the head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker. Advantage: Cardinals.
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Even if the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears forced a three-way tie, Washington would still be on the outside looking in when it comes to who gets the final spot based on tiebreakers.
That means Washington’s only chance at the playoffs now lies in the division. It is NFC East or bust.
Following the loss to Seattle on Sunday, the team still holds first place in the division, but a win from the Giants on Sunday night would knock Washington down into the second spot.
A chance at the playoffs still exists for Washington, but with two games remaining, the Wild Card has nothing left to offer for the Burgundy and Gold.