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Cowboys clinch playoff berth after Redskins' loss

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The Cowboys (11-1) are in the playoffs.

Dallas clinched a spot on Sunday after the division-rival Redskins (6-5-1) lost to the Cardinals in Arizona, 31-23. They are the first team this year to punch their ticket.

After taking care of business in Minnesota on Thursday Night Football, Jerry Jones and Co. simply had to sit back and watch the Redskins open the door for their first postseason appearance since 2014 and second since 2009.

Washington had a chance to spoil the party, but a late comeback attempt ended with a Kirk Cousins interception.

The only other playoff scenario finalized on Sunday was the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) officially getting eliminated with a 20-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Dallas has a prime-time date with the 8-4 Giants on Sunday Night Football this week.

At this point, it seems like the rest of the NFC East will eat itself alive while Dallas coasts into January. The Giants faltered with a golden opportunity against the Steelers on Sunday. The Eagles, far removed from the conversation, also lost. On the heels of the NFL's leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, and fantastic rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys will head into the postseason as a heavy Super Bowl favorite for the first time this decade -- and with far fewer top-tier teams to contend with than when Dallas went 12-4 and made the playoffs two years ago.

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