By Lesley Van Arsdall

So the Eagles kept the dream alive after beating the Miami Dolphins, 26-10. But they are still 5-8 and it would take about 19 different things to go their way to secure a playoff berth.

But while the task remains a large one, the Eagles are still mathematically alive – and they can still win the NFC East.

How is that possible?

It all starts with the Eagles taking care of their own business. They would have to win their final three games against the Jets, Dallas, and Washington.

Another loss will put a wrap on the Eagles season — and possibly Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach.

If the Eagles do find a way to win out, they would finish the season 8-8 and own the tie-breaker over the Cowboys and Giants, should they wind up with identical records with one or both teams.

Stranger things have happened.

Last season, the Seahawks managed to win their division with a 7-9 record, and then knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the wildcard round.

Despite what the Eagles have done up to this point, I have to think few teams would be anxious to face them in the playoffs, if they find a way to sneak in.

Of course, none of that is possible if either the Giants or the Cowboys get to nine wins. When and if that happens, the Eagles are done.

So while the fate of the Eagles still remains uncertain, one thing is for sure. The Birds played hard on Sunday, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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