One Day More

Posted: December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

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It’s deja vu all over again for the Dallas Cowboys. For Philadelphia, it’s one last chance to redeem themselves for the failures of the past. The Eagles and the Cowboys will meet on Sunday night at 8:25 to decide the NFC East today. This was made official after Washington so egregiously choked away a 9-point lead against Dallas with less than 5 minutes to play on Sunday.

This will be the third consecutive “NFC East Championship Game” for the Cowboys, who lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in 2011 before falling to RG3 and the Redskins last year. Bad memories of the past could haunt Dallas’ dream of a division title. Although, to be fair, both of those games were on the road in cold weather environments. This time, Tony Romo and the ‘Boys will be playing in front of 100,000+ at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. One could imagine no better venue for a game of this magnitude. The two vociferous and vicious fan bases will surely make the week leading up to the game one of the nastiest in years.

It’s hard to decipher which team has more momentum heading into the game. Dallas, fresh off a couple of brutal losses to Chicago and Green Bay, survived a scare in Landover thanks to a fourth and goal touchdown pass by notorious December choker Romo. For the Eagles’ part, they dismantled the Chicago Bears on Sunday night 54-11. This despite the fact that Philly had little to play for and Chicago had an opportunity to clinch their division with a win. The Eagles lost to the Cowboys 17-3 back in October. But, this is a much different Eagles team than the one that Dallas faced over two months ago.

Other Week 17 Playoff Scenarios

AFC

– Denver Broncos (12-3) have clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye. They can clinch home-field advantage in the AFC with a win on Sunday at Oakland or a New England loss vs. Buffalo.

– New England Patriots (11-4) have clinched the AFC East. They can move anywhere from:

#1 seed: With a victory vs. Buffalo and a Denver loss at Oakland.
#2 seed: With a victory vs. Buffalo and a Denver victory at Oakland.
#3 seed: With a loss vs. Buffalo, a Cincinnati victory vs. Baltimore, and an Indianapolis loss vs. Jacksonville.
#4 seed: With a loss vs. Buffalo, a Cincinnati victory vs. Baltimore, and an Indianapolis victory vs. Jacksonville.

– Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) have clinched the AFC North. They can move anywhere from:

#2 seed: With a victory vs. Baltimore and a New England loss vs. Buffalo.
#3 seed: With a victory vs. Baltimore and a New England victory vs. Buffalo.
#4 seed: With a loss vs. Baltimore and an Indianapolis victory vs. Jacksonville.

– Indianapolis Colts (10-5) have clinched the AFC South. They can move anywhere from:

#2 seed: With a victory vs. Jacksonville, a New England loss vs. Buffalo, and a Cincinnati loss vs. Baltimore
#3 seed: With a victory vs Jacksonville and a Cincinnati loss vs. Baltimore
#4 seed: Any other scenario

– Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) have secured the #5 seed in the AFC playoffs. They will face the #4 seed on the road in the Wild Card Round.

– Miami Dolphins (8-7) can clinch the #6 seed with a victory vs. New York Jets and a Baltimore loss to Cincinnati or a victory vs. New York Jets and a victory by San Diego vs. Kansas City.

– Baltimore Ravens (8-7) can clinch the #6 seed with a victory vs. Cincinnati and either a Miami loss vs. New York or a San Diego loss vs. Kansas City.

– San Diego Chargers (8-7) can clinch the #6 seed with a victory vs. Kansas City and losses by Miami vs. New York and Baltimore vs. Cincinnati.

– Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) can clinch the #6 seed with a victory vs. Cleveland coupled with losses by Miami, Baltimore, and San Diego.

NFC

– Seattle Seahawks (12-3) clinches NFC West and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory vs. St. Louis or a loss by San Francisco either Monday night or in week 17.

– Carolina Panthers (11-4) have clinched a playoff spot. They will clinch the NFC South and a first-round bye with a victory at Atlanta or a New Orleans loss vs. Tampa Bay.

– Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) can clinch the NFC East and the #3 seed with a victory at Dallas.

– Chicago Bears (8-7) can clinch the NFC North and the #4 seed with a victory vs. Green Bay.

– Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) can clinch the NFC North and the #4 seed with a victory at Chicago.

– San Francisco 49ers (10-4) can clinch a playoff spot with a victory either tonight vs. Atlanta or next week at Arizona. Can clinch the NFC West with victories in both of those games coupled with a Seattle loss to St. Louis.

– New Orleans Saints (10-5) can clinch a playoff spot with a victory vs. Tampa Bay or an Arizona loss vs. San Francisco.

– Arizona Cardinals (10-5) can clinch a playoff spot with a victory vs. San Francisco coupled with either a 49ers loss tonight vs. Falcons or a New Orleans loss next week vs. Tampa Bay.

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