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The Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles plays against the Dallas Cowboys Dec. 31.

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PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles have two weeks to get ready for the playoffs.

As the top seed in the NFC, they have a bye in the wild-card round. Depending on what happens in those games, the Eagles (13-3) will play host to Atlanta (10-6), Carolina (11-5) or New Orleans (11-5) in a divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.

They will play the sixth-seeded Falcons if Atlanta upsets the third-seeded Los Angeles Rams. A Rams victory would pit the Eagles against the Panthers-Saints winner.

“(The playoffs) are really what we’re focused on,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after a 6-0 loss to Dallas on Sunday. “It’s how do we pour everything we have into the next two weeks and make sure that when we show up we can just cut it loose and play.”

Coach Doug Pederson is giving the team a mini-break this week.

The players got Monday and Tuesday off, will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then take another break next weekend before they begin serious preparations for their first playoff game since the 2013 season.

Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz reportedly will use some of the time off to interview for head- coaching vacancies.

Per NFL rules, assistant coaches on teams that have a bye have a one-week window to entertain offers from other teams.

According to and, the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears have requested permission to interview DeFilippo. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement Monday, while the Bears fired coach John Fox.

Schwartz also will interview with the Cardinals and is scheduled to talk with the New York Giants. The Giants fired coach Ben McAdoo on Dec. 4.

DeFilippo has received a lot of attention for his work with injured quarterback Carson Wentz.

Wentz had a solid rookie season but blossomed into a Most Valuable Player candidate this season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Dec. 10 against the Rams.

Wentz threw a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes in 13 games. That was the second most in the NFL this season, behind Russell Wilson’s 34 for Seattle.

Schwartz supervises the best run defense in the league. The Eagles allowed 79.2 yards per game during the regular season. They also ranked fourth in scoring defense at 18.4 points per game.

“I think any time you have success as a team, your assistant coaches are going to be looked at for potential jobs,” Pederson said Sunday. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

The defense turned in its second straight solid performance against the Cowboys.

The starters and backups combined to allow just one touchdown against Dallas’ starters, a 20-yard pass from Dak Prescott to wide receiver Brice Butler in the fourth quarter. They gave up just one TD in a 19-10 win over Oakland on Christmas night.

The offense, however, has struggled in recent weeks.

Pederson played Nick Foles in the first quarter Sunday hoping he would establish momentum heading into the playoffs.

But Foles completed just four of 11 passes for 39 yards with one interception.

“Honestly, I feel great,” Foles said Sunday. “I feel really confident and I know the guys are confident in me. I’ve played with these guys and with these coaches. I’m excited to get to work, get ready for the playoffs and keep this thing rolling.”

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