Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/24/11
ARLINGTON, Texas Moments after the Cowboys game against the Eagles was rendered irrelevant because of a Giants victory Sunday, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo left the field with a hand injury. Romo was taken to the locker room for examination after he was sandwiched on a third-down pass that fell incomplete. X-rays revealed no fracture, but Romo remained on the bench. Backup Stephen McGee took over at the start of the Cowboys second drive midway through the first quarter. McGee, usually Dallas' third-string quarterback, was elevated to the backup role Dec. 14 because Jon Kitna was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. It was almost a year ago to the day that McGee took over for an injured Kitna Romo was already done for the season with a broken collarbone and nearly led the Cowboys to a victory over the Cardinals on Christmas Day. McGee started the following week and led the Cowboys to a 14-13 win over the Eagles in the season finale. Because the Giants defeated the Jets 29-14 earlier Sunday, the Cowboys-Eagles game became meaningless in terms of playoff implications. The Eagles were eliminated from contention by the Giants' victory. And, no matter the Cowboys-Eagles outcome, Dallas (8-6 going into Sunday) must beat the Giants (8-7) next weekend in New Jersey to win the NFC East and secure a playoff berth. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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