One game. Two rivals. One division title.
Nothing else matters.
When the Cowboys and Giants take the field in New Jersey on Sunday night, they will sport matching 8-7 records and matching goals: the NFC East. The loser's season is over. And that is how it should be.
I know the feeling, playing in three a "playoffs or bust" games in my career. Coincidentally, all three games were played at the Meadowlands, two as a Jet and one as a Dolphin. In 2002, we needed a New England win against Miami and our own victory against Green Bay at home the final week of the season. The Patriots did beat the Dolphins in overtime, and we upended the Packers, 42-17. In 2006, also with the Jets, we beat the Raiders 23-3 in Week 17 to make the playoffs. And with Miami in 2008 we made NFL history, going from 1-15 the season before to 11-5, winning the AFC East by beating the Jets, 24-17 in Week 17. That made us the first team to go from one win to division champ in consecutive seasons.