The Dallas Cowboys will be putting it all on the line again in Week 17. Since 2000, the final game of the season hasn’t been too kind to them. They are 2-11 in those game but both wins did come at the expense of their opponent Sunday night the Philadelphia Eagles. However since winning against the Eagles in the final weeks of 2009 and 2010 they haven’t won in Week 17. The Eagles could be just what the doctor ordered. I refuse to mention the “win or go home” stat because it only seems to apply to Tony Romo.
Despite the how poorly the defense has played in recent memory, they got a key stop for the Cowboys who were down six at that point. Unless they give up over 700 yards to the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints 2012 campaign will remain as the single worst defense in the history of the NFL. On a positive note, Monte Kiffin’s defense set up Romo for his 11th game winning drive since 2011 (best in the NFL). His stat line won’t look too impressive but you can’t talk about his toughness enough. Dealt with a back issue all week and fought through the pain in his knee to get his team in position to win.
So now the focus turns to the Eagles after their 54-11 thrashing of the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. The win over the Redskins was huge for this team, had Dallas lost the Eagles would be division champions. This game has a lot more riding on it than just the playoffs. This game could decide the fate of this coaching staff. As it sits right now, head coach Jason Garrett has a career record of 29-26 and has yet to reach the playoffs in his three plus years at the helm of the Cowboys. Fans are getting restless and this will be “put up or shut up” time for Garrett and company.