The Dallas Cowboys are as soon as again king of the NFC East. On Sunday, they formally clinched the department crown for the very first time considering that 2018, and prior to taking a single breeze in their Week 16 primetime rematch versus the Washington Football Team. Having actually currently clinched a playoff berth Thursday by virtue of the San Francisco 49 ers losing to the Tennessee Titans, they required a bit more help from around the league in order to clinch the NFC East, and they got it, however it wasn’t without lots of NFL drama.
Here’s how all of it unfolded Sunday afternoon through the eyes of the Cowboys (buckle up):
They required either a loss or tie by the Philadelphia Eagles versus the New York Giants, or a combined 2 wins in between the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders or Los Angeles Chargers– the chances being mostly in favor of the Cowboys’ desires.
The issue was the Eagles put the Giants to bed, and other results around the league started threatening things, with the Chargers being thumped by the Houston Texans, the Vikings losing to the Los Angeles Rams, and the New England Patriots suffering a loss in your home to the Buffalo Bills. And after seeing the New York Jets lead for the majority of the contest, novice first-round choice Trevor Lawrence almost led a game-winning drive to put the Cowboys over the top– just he didn’t.
The Falcons were the only group in the early slate of video games that did the Cowboys any favors, looking after the Detroit Lions by obstructing Tim Boyle on what may’ve been a game-winning drive of his own to protect their 3rd win of the season. That turned all eyes in Dallas towards the Raiders, who might put the Cowboys in the NFC East throne by downing the Denver Broncos, and did.
It’s the 3rd department crown because 2016 and, consisting of the initial NFL Capitol Division that ultimately ended up being the NFC East, marks the 24 th time the Cowboys have actually planted their flag atop the department hill. Regardless of having actually clinched both a playoff berth and the NFC East title, there is still much work to do in Dallas– as they look to win out with the hopes of taking away the leading seed in the NFC.
That suggests there can be no complacency whatsoever in their last 3 video games, and their offense should lastly awaken to match serve with a defense that looks prepared to contend through January and all the method to SoFi Stadium in February.