Monitoring what is going on elsewhere

PHILADELPHIA — In an interesting display, the Eagles are showing the Tampa Bay-Oakland game on the massive end zone monitors at Lincoln Financial Field.

If the Buccaneers win — they are leading 24-14 headed into the fourth quarter — Philadelphia’s playoff hopes are over before the game begins. Should Tampa Bay lose, Minnesota and/or Chicago lose, which both are doing right now, Philadelphia could earn a wild-card berth should it beat Dallas.

There is significant debate in the press box about how the Eagles would respond should they are eliminated from playoff contention before kickoff. It is pretty split as to whether Philadelphia will try to spoil Dallas’ playoff hopes with a fervent effort or if the Eagles will put up a listless effort, since this season that began with promise would end without a shot at postseason play.

Tampa Bay’s Cadillac Williams just scored, causing a deflating sigh by many of the few thousand fans already inside the stadium.

Later, when players from the Eagles and Cowboys took the field, the stadium broadcast of the Tampa Bay-Oakland game was stopped.

-– Steve Wyche is reporting from Philadelphia

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