Tuesday spill: Washington, CLE clinch playoff berths; Eagles tank?

by Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports

Washingonton clinches NFC East in head scratcher

It was a strange year for the NFC East with neither team finishing with a winning record and Washington finally clinching the division with a ho-hum win over the Philadephia Eagles on Sunday. Several NFL executives questioned whether league would enact disciplinary action for what many are calling a tank job by Eages this past Sunday While it’s doubtful anything from Sunday’s contest even New York Giants head coach Joe Judge touched on the subject yesterday. Washington will need to monitor the health of starting quarterback Alex Smith who fought off a nagging calf injury to finish with a pair of touchdowns against Philadelphia. Head coach Ron Rivera mentioned a possible rotation with Smith and former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Washington moves on to the playoffs where it will host Tampa Bay in divisional round on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm.

Browns earn first playoff berth since 2002

Cleveland finished off a 11-5 season with a win over rival Pittsburgh on Sunday to clinch the club’s first playoff berth since 2002. Running back Nick Chubb, who missed the fist matchup of the season between the teams The two teams will face off again this weekend in the AFC first round. While Cleveland won the last meeting it’s important to note Pittsburgh was playing without several starters including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Brady sets TD mark in Tampa win

In Tampa Bay’s season-ending win over Atlanta Tom Brady was as masterful as he has been all season finishing with nearly 400 passing yards (399) and four touchdowns. His final touchdown of the game put Brady at 40 on the season. At 43 years old Brady also became the first quarterback over 40 years old to reach the 40-touchdown mark. The other: Peyton Manning. Brady’s 4,633 passing yards are also the most of for any quarterback over 40 years old in NFL history. You have to wonder is a plausible end even close for the legendary quarterback.

Also of note, teammate Antonio Brown caught 11 passes on Sunday to finish with 45 for the season and also allowing the ex-Steeler to earn a $250,000 performance incentive.

Playoff matchups

Colts at Bills, 1:05pm Saturday

Rams at Seahawks, 4:40pm Saturday

Bucs at Washington, 8:15pm Saturday

Ravens at Titans, 1:05pm Sunday

Bears at Saints, 4:40pm Sunday

Browns at Steelers, 8:15pm Sunday

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