When the Dallas Cowboys departed Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day following a humiliating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, it appeared that the NFC East crown was far out of their reach.
Now just days before Christmas, the Cowboys will return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season as NFC East champions after a resounding 42-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The victory not only propelled Dallas into the playoffs, it sent the rival Eagles packing for the winter and without a berth in the NFL playoffs.
Next on the docket for the Cowboys will be a chance for a first-round bye depending on what happens in Week 17 with Detroit, Green Bay, Seattle, and Arizona.
Clearly, the biggest loser on the NFC side of this week’s proceedings are the Eagles.
After a 9-3 start, Philly is on the outside looking in. Why? The reasons are nearly too many to count but include the following (in no particular order):
- Bradley Fletcher
- Chip Kelly
- Mark Sanchez
Anyhow, Dallas rolls into the playoffs in two weeks with a pair of MVP candidates (Tony Romo & DeMarco Murray) and a team brimming with confidence.
This might be a controversial statement coming from an Eagles fan but the NFL playoffs are far better and entertaining when the Cowboys are involved…especially with this version.
Dallas is a legitimate threat to reach the Super Bowl out of the NFC…although, after Sunday night, it may take an act of Congress to keep Seattle out of the Super Bowl.