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Eagles' playoff hopes have improved vastly

By Rob Maaddi

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 19 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

PHILADELPHIA — Andy Reid and the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles are hoping the team they just whipped helps them out in a big way.

The Eagles (6-8) are still in the playoff hunt in a mediocre NFC East following a 45-19 rout over the New York Jets on Sunday. Now they'll need those same Jets (8-6) to beat the New York Giants (7-7) on Saturday to keep them in contention.

"I'm a big Jets fan this week," Reid said Monday.

So is everyone else in Philly.

The Jets-Giants game should be over before the Eagles kick off against division-leading Dallas (8-6) on Christmas Eve. So, there will be plenty of scoreboard watching during pregame warmups.

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