With a win over the Vikings on Sunday, coupled with a Redskins loss, the Dallas Cowboys, at 11–1, became the first team to clinch a playoff berth. With a win over the Giants next week, they can clinch the NFC East title.
Dez Bryant’s go-ahead touchdown grab in the fourth quarter helped Dallas to a 17–16 win over the Vikings in Minnesota, bringing the team’s road record to 6–0. Ezekiel Elliott added 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
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That meant that if Washington or Tampa Bay lost, Dallas would be in.
The Cowboys hold a three-game lead in the NFC East over New York, and their lead over the Redskins is now out to four games in the loss column.