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Eagles-Cowboys Flexed Into SNF

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Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images.
Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images.

The Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys Week 17 showdown has been flexed into primetime on Sunday Night Football.

Dallas managed to keep their season alive after they came back and beat Washington 24-23. Tony Romo hit DeMarco Murray for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining that tied the game at 23, and Dan Bailey tacked on the extra point to seal the game.

''Today we felt like we were playing for everything,'' Romo said. ''Next week will be the same thing.'

Dallas hasn’t won the NFC East since 2009, and they’re searching for their first playoff berth in four seasons. The Cowboys appear to put themselves in a position to win the division title year after year, but they haven’t been able to rise to the occasion. They’ve been flexed into the regular-season finale for the third straight season, but they’ve failed to capitalize under the bright primetime lights in the last two seasons, losing to the New York Giants in 2011 and Washington last year.

''I know in some ways we've gotten hit with just the fact of losing the last couple of years in the final game,'' Romo said. ''I think we're the only team that keeps getting themselves in position to win the NFC East every year — that's a credit. It's also a negative in the fact that we didn't do it the last couple of years.''

The Eagles managed to blow out the Chicago Bears in a largely meaningless game for them. Regardless of whether or not the Eagles won, the division title would’ve still been decided by the winner of the regular-season finale since Dallas managed to win.

The last time the Eagles and Cowboys played for the division title was back in 2008, which Philadelphia won.