For the first time since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys have advanced in the NFL playoffs. Next stop: Minnesota.
That means the winner of the other NFC wild-card matchup between Green Bay (11-5) and Arizona (10-6) will visit top-seeded New Orleans (13-3) in six days.
The Jets (10-7) must wait until Sunday's game between Baltimore and host New England before finding out where they go next weekend. If the Patriots (10-6), who went 8-0 at home, beat the Ravens (9-7), New York will go to top-seeded Indianapolis next Saturday night, and the Patriots will play next Sunday at San Diego (13-3). If Baltimore wins, the Ravens visit the AFC South champion Colts (14-2) and the Jets are at the AFC West-winning Chargers.
"Just keep trying to get better and eventually things will go your way," quarterback Tony Romo said. "Going out there and playing the way we have lately is very exciting. If we just keep going forward, we got a chance."
Now, with their stingy defense and versatile running game, they look as formidable as Ryan has claimed they are.
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