The Seattle Seahawks won earlier Sunday, putting pressure on the Cowboys to win and stay within a game of the second wild-card berth. (The Seahawks would hope the tiebreaker in a two-team tie, having beaten the Cowboys in Week 2.)
Dallas did its part, beating the Eagles 38-33. It still will need help, though.
The Cowboys are 11/2 games behind the New York Giants, who play the Washington Redskins on Monday night, in the NFC East. They are one game behind the Seahawks (7-5) in a group of three teams with 6-6 records, along with the Bucs and the Vikings. (The Cowboys beat the Bucs earlier this season, so they would hold the tiebreaker in a two-way tie.) The Redskins also could be 6-6 with a win tonight over the Giants.
ESPN had the Cowboys' playoff chances at 14 percent before Sunday's games.
"I’m very hopeful, but I’m realistic, and I know that we play teams that if we make some of the miscues that we made like we did out there tonight, [we will lose]," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We certainly had difficulty stopping their running game, but we got us one of those turnovers at a key time, and it was critical for us. I’m proud of the team, but we’ve really got to call on everybody and everything to do everything whether it’s a coach, whether it’s a player, whether it’s me… We’ve got to do everything we can do to get these next four ball games."
The Cowboys close out their season with a road game at Cincinnati (7-5) followed by home games against Pittsburgh (7-5) and New Orleans (5-7) and then the regular-season finale at Washington (5-6).
"Right now, you're a .500 team," Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. "You win a few more in a row, that changes. In the NFL, things change quickly. So you just have to continue to get better week in and week out."
-- Charean Williams