We're used to the NFC East being a dominant division in the NFL. It's basically just assumed. This year though? Not so much.
No NFC East team had more than 10 wins this season. Most years, our happy little division has at least two teams in the playoffs. This is the first year since 2005 that only one team from the NFC East made the post-season, and that one team didn't last very long. And with the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Green Bay Packers today, for the first time since 1998, the NFC East has been eliminated from playoff contention on wild card weekend.
The NFC East may be the only division in the NFL that can brag that it has had three teams in the playoffs more often than just one in recent years. The Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants all made the postseason in 2007, while the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins all made it in 2008.
This year, the NFC East decided to give some other teams a chance. The Packers and New Orleans Saints are the two wild card teams this season, and one of them has already done pretty well for themselves. The Packers, victorious today in Philadelphia, will get the chance to visit the Atlanta Falcons in primetime on Saturday night, while the Seattle Seahawks will face the No. 2 seed Chicago Bears in the early game next Sunday.