Late-season surge has Cowboys in control of fate

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 17, 2012
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones can't help but think about the New York Giants going from 7-7 to a Super Bowl title last season. Maybe Jones was a little giddy after the Cowboys beat Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime Sunday for their third straight win. Dallas is tied for first in the NFC East after winning three straight games and five of six. For the first time in weeks, the Cowboys (8-6) don't need help to reach the playoffs. They're in if they beat New Orleans on Sunday at home and win the finale at Washington. Jones says it isn't ''unrealistic'' for the Cowboys to mimic the Giants, who beat Dallas in the final week last season with a playoff berth on the line.
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