Raiders win gives Dallas 1st division title since ’18

ARLINGTON, Texas — In the last four days, the Dallas Cowboys clinched a playoff spot and the NFC East title without even playing a single game.

With the Tennessee Titans beating the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, the Cowboys clinched a wild-card berth in the playoffs, and with the Las Vegas Raiders beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Cowboys won the division title based on a strength-of-victory tiebreaker with the Philadelphia Eagles.

If the Cowboys can beat the Washington Football Team on Sunday night, they will remain as the No. 2 seed in the NFC with two games to play because of their conference record in a three-way tie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams.

The Cowboys would improve to 9-1 in the NFC with a win against Washington. If the Cowboys get into a two-way tie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with the defending Super Bowl champion based on the Week 1 loss.

The Cowboys close the season Jan. 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, which have lost threer straight games to fall from the top spot in the NFC to a wild-card spot behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West, and Jan. 9 at the Philadelphia Eagles. The Green Bay Packers (12-3) hold the No. 1 seed in the conference and would receive the only bye with an expanded playoff format.

The Cowboys last won the NFC East in 2018 with a 10-6 record. They have not had homefield advantage in the playoffs since 2016 and have not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs since winning Super Bowl XXX in 1995.

Original article: https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32943139/dallas-cowboys-clinch-first-nfc-east-crown-2018-las-vegas-raiders-win-denver-broncos

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