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December 09, 2013

Lee says until Cowboys prove themselves in December, they'll be known as a team that can't finish

Linebacker Sean Lee, back from a hamstring injury in time for December games, said the Cowboys have to prove themselves in the final month of the year.

“We need to win,” he said. “Fact is, we have had two chances, two years in a row, to put ourselves in the playoffs. We haven’t gotten it done. Until we can get over that hump, until we can win games in December and finish the season and take it into the playoffs, we are going to have that image. We are going to be a team that can’t finish.”

The Cowboys had a winning December last year, going 3-2. But the last two games were losses, and kept them from winning the division.

Two years ago, the Cowboys were 1-3 in December, beginning the month with an overtime loss at Arizona and a home loss to the New York Giants on a blocked field goal.

They were 2-2 in 2010 and 2009 (a playoff year), 1-3 in 2008, 2-2 in 2007 (also a playoff year) and 2-3 in 2006 (another playoff year).

The previous four seasons also had .500 or losing Decembers.

This year, the Cowboys have to start the month with a win just to keep pace at the top of the NFC East.

“We have to go out and prove it,” Lee said. “The only way to do it is to go out and prove it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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