Despite being 3-1 in their last four games, the Dallas Cowboys surge is simply too little too late. There are two wild card playoff spots in the NFC which are presently occupied by one 9-3 team (New Orleans Saints) and three 8-4 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and the Green Bay Packers). Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they do not own the head to head tie breaker against the Packers. Consequently the Cowboys wild-card pulse has been extinguished.
The Cowboys could still win the NFC East division if the Giants and Eagles, who are both at 8-4, were to lose the remainder of their games. There is one big problem with that – the Giants and Eagles play against each other on December 19. Even a tie would place them at 8.5 wins securing their advantage over the Cowboys.
There is an incredibly remote chance. .1% is better than 0%. It would involve the Seahawks winning the West, the Rams finishing at 8-8 along with the Cowboys, Eagles, and Packers.
So there you have it. The Cowboys have a statistically insignificant chance to make the playoffs. Though Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts was easily one of the most entertaining games of the year. While the Cowboys likely won’t be playing come mid-January, the games aren’t necessarily any less entertaining.