Yayatees7-Blogs-Cowboys clinch top wild card, here’s how win puts playoff pressure on Eagles

The Yayatees7-Blogs-Cowboys clinch top wild card, here’s how win puts playoff pressure on Eagles returned the favor on Saturday. After falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 in their fifth-straight game without starting QB Dak Prescott, they flipped the script. In Week 16, the Cowboys took out the Eagles, 40-34, to improve to 11-4 on the season. The rematch win moved Dallas’ record within the NFC East, the only NFL division with four teams at .500 or better,  to 4-1.

While all four teams are currently in playoff position with two weeks remaining, Saturday’s results clinched the top wild-card seed for Dallas. The Cowboys will, at the least, be the No. 5 seed once the dance starts. Their victory also allowed “at the least” to remain a thing. The club isn’t yet out of the hunt for better things.


The Eagles need just one win in the final two games to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC East and the conference’s lone bye week. That’s because while the Minnesota Vikings could still tie them in overall record, the Eagles early-season win over Minnesota would be the first tiebreaker.

The Vikings would have to win out while the Eagles lose out in order to claim the No. 1 spot.

The 49ers would have to win out, with the Eagles losing out and Minnesota losing a game to earn the bye week.

And as for the Cowboys…

With the victory on Saturday, the Cowboys have kept their very faint chances of winning both the division and the conference alive. They’d still need to do their own work plus get a ton of help.

Dallas would win the NFC East if:

  • They defeat Tennessee in Week 17 AND
  • Defeat Washington in Week 18 AND
  • Philadelphia loses to New Orleans in Week 17 AND
  • Loses to New York Giants in Week 18

This combination of things would give Dallas the No. 3 seed at a minimum and is far fetched on its own. Dallas should win their final two games, despite being on the road as long as they have a reason to try in each. That last part, a reason to try, is high-key important.

Thanks to their win Saturday, Dallas kept Philly from clinching. The Eagles would have LOVED to be able to use the next two weeks to go into playoff prep mode, but they absolutely can’t just yet. They would’ve preferred to give Jalen Hurts and his shoulder two weeks of rest, but because nothing’s secured, they’ll need to play him (and other guys) who are nicked, but able to suit up.

If they had things locked with two to go, they could have sat a handful of guys in Week 17, a different set of guys in Week 18, taken the bye and been as healthy as possible for the divisional round. That isn’t possible now, they have to go all out to win at least one of these next two weeks.

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