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The Philadelphia Eagles vaulted to the top of the NFC East by constructing a season-high three-game winning streak after defeating each team in the lackluster division. The visiting Eagles can wrap up the NFC East title on Sunday should they defeat the New York Giants for the seventh straight time and 11th in their last 12 meetings.

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"Things didn't look too good for us obviously just a few weeks ago, but our guys have battled, put ourselves in this position," Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said. "... We've got to have a good week of preparation, and if we do the things that we're capable of doing and take care of the football and all that, then hopefully we can become the champs." The Eagles prevented Dallas from capturing the division title with a 17-9 victory over the Cowboys last Sunday, with Carson Wentz's 319 yards falling just six shy of his season-best total set in Philadelphia's 23-17 overtime win versus New York on Dec. 9. Saquan Barkley was held in check by the Eagles' third-ranked rush defense with just 66 yards in that contest, but the electric back eclipsed that total in short order in Sunday's 41-35 overtime victory against Washington. Barkley recorded a career-high 189-yard rushing performance and franchise-best 279-yard effort from scrimmage as the Giants won their second consecutive game on the heels of nine straight losses.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Eagles -4.5 O/U: 45

ABOUT THE EAGLES (8-7): Three-time Pro Bowl selection Zach Ertz's availability for Sunday's game is in question after the tight end sustained a broken rib against the Cowboys. "He is progressing, getting better. We'll keep monitoring him each day," Pederson said of Ertz, who scored the game-tying touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against the Giants before finding the end zone in overtime. Rookie Miles Sanders, who was Barkley's understudy at Penn State, has rolled up 328 scrimmage yards and three total touchdowns in his last two games after recording three scores in his previous 13 contests. Jordan Howard, who was Philadelphia's leading rusher before injuring his shoulder, is expected to gain clearance to return to the backfield following a six-game absence.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (4-11): Daniel Jones will get his first crack at Philadelphia after an ankle injury prevented the rookie from taking the field in the first encounter. Jones threw for 352 pass yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Redskins last week to become the first rookie to eclipse 300 yards with five scores and no picks in a single game in NFL history. Safety Antoine Bethea, who recorded 13 of his club-best 104 tackles in the last meeting against the Eagles, was quick to note that he will have plenty of inspiration heading into Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. "We want to play spoiler," the 35-year-old Bethea said. "We are not going to the playoffs so we definitely want to get this W and knock them out. We don't want anyone celebrating on our field."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Philadelphia TE Dallas Goedert recorded career-highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (91) last week.

2. New York WR Golden Tate has four touchdowns in his last five games played, but he was limited to just one catch for 11 yards against the Eagles on Dec. 9.

3. A Philadelphia loss, coupled with Dallas win over Washington on Sunday, will spell the end of the Eagles' season.

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Last Injuries

New York Giants

  • Adrian Colbert

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Colbert has been absent from the previous two games due to an injured quad, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday against the Rams.

  • Brandon Williams

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams is on the injured reserve list with a groin injury, and it is unclear when he will return to the fold.

  • Jabrill Peppers

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peppers exited the previous game with a low-ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will play against the Rams on Sunday.

  • Sterling Shepard

    Toe
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Shepard has been shifted to the injured reserve list with turf toe, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Carter Coughlin

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Coughlin missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to available against the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Saquon Barkley

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Barkley has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • Golden Tate

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Tate missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Bears.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Darius Slay

    Arm
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Slay was lifted from the previous game with an arm injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the 49ers.

  • Jason Peters

    Leg
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peters was taken out of the previous game due to a left leg injury, and it is up in the air if he will line up against the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Quez Watkins

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Watkins has been ticked for the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. He has been designated for return, and it is uncertain if he will come off the IR in time for Sunday's game against 49ers.

  • Jalen Reagor

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Reagor has been sent to the injured reserve list with a torn UCL in his right thumb. It is up in the air when the team will designate him for return.

  • Miles Sanders

    Buttocks
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Sanders is bothered by a gluteus injury, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Sunday's battle with the 49ers.

  • Dallas Goedert

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Goedert has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a left ankle fracture, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • DeSean Jackson

    Hamstring
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Jackson exited the previous game with a minor hamstring strain, and he is not expected to dress for Sunday's matchup versus the 49ers.

  • Avonte Maddox

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Maddox left the last game with an ankle injury, and he will not play Sunday against the 49ers.