CHICAGO _ There are games that don't mean much and there are games that don't mean anything. The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Tampa Bay for a season finale Sunday that is potentially embarrassing for the NFL. No matter what happens, Tampa Bay travels to Philadelphia the following weekend for a first-round wild-card playoff game.
Since the NFL adopted the playoff format of two wild-card games per conference in 1990, this has never happened.
Seven times teams have met in a season finale and again the following week for a wild-card game. But in each case, something was at stake in the first meeting.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid tried to paint a happy face on the situation Monday after clinching the NFC East title and the NFC's No. 3 seed. The Bucs clinched the No. 6 seed over the weekend. Both teams have injuries and would prefer to rest starters, but the size of rosters and NFL policy will make that difficult.
"We'll see how it goes," Reid said. "The primary thing I want to do is win the game. However we do it, or whoever we do it with, I want to win the football game. That's why we're going down there. I'll take a look at the situation."
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