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December 23, 2012

Cowboys' playoff chances are simple: They are NFC East champs with a win

The Cowboys got some much needed help from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon, giving them a second chance to make the playoffs. The Ravens' 33-14 victory over the New York Giants means the Cowboys will win the NFC East with a victory next week.

It is the same scenario as last season when the Cowboys lost to the Giants' 31-14 in the season finale for the NFC East title.

"I think you’ve got to move forward. This one is tough, and it’ll stay there for a while," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. "...But you’ve got to be able to move forward, and regardless, we’ve got to go play the Redskins and play them tough and see where it falls."

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, and the Cowboys lost to the Redskins 38-31 on Thanksgiving Day at Cowboys Stadium. The second tiebreaker to decide a division title is division record. The Cowboys would tie the Redskins with a 4-2 division record, with a victory over Washington next week. The third tiebreaker is common opponents and the Cowboys are 5-3 and the Redskins are 4-4 against common opponents outside the division.

-- Charean Williams



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