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But no one could have foreseen just how they would get to Week 17 with a chance to make the playoffs.
The Cowboys did so Sunday by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 37-17 with an offensive display reminiscent of the first few weeks of the season before quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending right ankle injury.
Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 377 yards and had touchdown passes of 21 and 7 yards to Michael Gallup and 52 yards to CeeDee Lamb as the Cowboys took advantage of a poor Eagles secondary and a pass rush that was missing defensive tackle Fletcher Cox for most of the game.
As for winning the division, the Cowboys (6-9) still need help and it needs to come from the team they just beat. In Week 17, Philadelphia needs to beat the Washington Football Team and