Cowboys Win East, Will Play Packers

Dallas Cowboys play Washington Commanders
Dallas Cowboys play Washington Commanders | Image by Dallas Cowboys/Twitter

The Dallas Cowboys clinched the NFC East title and the No.2 seed in the NFC Playoffs with a 38-10 win over the Washington Commanders to close the regular season on Sunday.

The win gave Dallas a 12-5 overall record for the third season in a row and guaranteed that the Cowboys would play every playoff game in Arlington — unless they had to face No.1 seed San Francisco.

“We did a good job,” head coach Mike McCarthy told the media postgame. “The team should be proud of the two-seed and the division championship because I’m proud of them, but most importantly, it’s playoff time, and we need to play our best football. It doesn’t matter who we play or where we play them; that has to be our mindset.”

The Cowboys will open the playoffs against McCarthy’s former squad — the Green Bay Packers — which won six of its final eight games and outlasted the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints for the final playoff spot in the NFC.

“I haven’t watched them a whole lot, but the drama of it, I’m sure you guys will love,” McCarthy said about facing his former team. “I will not participate this year, but hey, it’s playoff time. It doesn’t matter who we play, to be honest with you.”

The Cowboys last played the Packers in November 2022 and lost 31-28 in overtime in Green Bay. This will be the teams’ first meeting in the playoffs since Green Bay eliminated a 13-3 Dallas team in January 2017.


The full schedule for Super Wild Card Weekend is as follows:

Saturday 1/13

Cleveland Browns (11-6) at Houston Texans (10-7), 3:30 p.m. CT, NBC/Peacock

Miami Dolphins (11-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-6), 7 p.m. CT, Peacock

Sunday 1/14

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7) at Buffalo Bills (11-6), 12 p.m. CT, CBS

Green Bay Packers (9-8) at Dallas Cowboys (12-5), 3:30 p.m. CT, Fox

Los Angeles Rams (10-7) at Detroit Lions (12-5), 7 p.m. CT, NBC

Monday 1/15

Philadelphia Eagles (11-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8), 7 p.m. CT, ESPN/ABC

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