All it takes is winning at home against the New Orleans Saints, and the season finale against the Redskins in Maryland.
Three-fourths of the Opening Game roster is on IR, the secondary is now comprised of That Guy, Spare, Him and Who? which made the "home" win against the Steelers so impressive.
Tony Romo had the best passing day for a Steelers' opponent in two years, and the Cowboys won 27-24 in overtime.
1. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-0 in December. The Cowboys have now won five of six, and in that stretch are a pair of wins against the garbage Eagles. But credit where credit is due; the Cowboys are undefeated at the time of the year that has been their nemesis for more than a decade - Christmas time.
2. Anthony Spencer. Kinda wonder where this has been, but in his contract season Spencer has been the necessary partner to DeMarcus Ware's opposite side. Spencer had 1.5 sackes, a tackle for a loss, and three hits on Ben Roethlisberger. Spencer is going to the Pro Bowl, and then he's going to get paid. Will he have this type of season again? He will if the Cowboys just keep giving him one year contracts.
2.5 The defense that was missing Bruce Carter, Sean Lee, Josh Brent, Morris Claiborne, Jay Ratliff, Barry Church forced two turnovers, sacked Ben Roethlisberger four times and came up with the game-changing INT in overtime.
2.7 Josh Brent was on the sidelines. Umm ... not a good idea.
3. DeMarco Murray's butt. Dude, cover it. Boxers, maybe? Hell, even a thong. Murray carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. His butt, however, really made more of an impression than his good game. Although impressed that DM does not have a tramp stamp.
4. Brandon Carr > Terence Newman. In the past two weeks Carr has a pair of interceptions that set up big scores; one in the first half last week at Cincy, and now on Sunday in OT with a brilliant stab and return to set up the game winner.
Carr may not be Champ Bailey, but he has been an upgrade over T-New.
5. Cowboys o-line. It has been bashed all season long, but against a good and physical defense front the Cowboys offensive line may have played its best game of the season. The running game averaged 4.1 yards per rush, Romo was sacked one time. He had time to throw, and he averaged an impressive 8.1 yards per pass attempt.
7. Penalties. Had to do a double-take on this - The Cowboys were penalized eight times for 61 yards. The Steelers had no penalties. None. Of course, they were playing at home so they got the calls.
8. Jason Garrett. The team has been wrecked by injuries, has often shot itself in the foot, but they simply do not quit under Coach Process. In this league when Crap plays Garbage, not quitting can be enough to win football games on the football field.
9. Miles Austin. With Dez's nursing an ouchy, Romo made Austin his favorite target. He targeted Austin 10 times, and Austin came up with seven receptions for 79 yards - both team highs.
9.5 Dwayne Harris. No one is making any complaints this guy is the punt returner now, and he has completely made Kevin Ogletree a forgotten entity. Harris had four catches for 59 yards, and a long punt return at the end of regulation that looked like it would set up a game-winning field goal try.
10. Jerry Jones. You do realize the Cowboys are very close to giving Jerry the necessary ammunition to say, "Told you I knew what I was doing."
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