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Cowboys-Redskins earns top NBC Sunday night rating

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NEW YORK (AP)

The Redskins' victory over the Cowboys with a playoff berth on the line was the highest-rated ''Sunday Night Football'' game since NBC picked up the package in 2006.

Washington won the regular-season finale 28-18 to clinch the NFC East and eliminate archrival Dallas from playoff contention. The network said Thursday that the game received a 17 rating and 27 share. The 30.3 million viewers were up 10 percent from the previous record for last year's Cowboys-Giants game in the same slot with the same stakes, which wasn't as close.

Ratings measure the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of those with TVs in use at the time.

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Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

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