Originally posted on NBC Connecticut  |  Last updated 12/9/11

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
There's really no need to dress up what's at stake for the Cowboys on Sunday night: Win and they've got the inside track on the NFC East title with momentum on their side after a strong game against the Packers. Lose and they're two games out of first with three games to play with a five-game losing streak, creating all kinds of doubts about Tom Coughlin's future. Things rarely get as cut and dry as that. Depending on your point of view, that's either a good or a bad thing. If you're the sort who sees the glass as half empty, the chance to save a season of mediocrity with 60 minutes of good football against a flawed team seems like a gift from the heavens. Teams rarely get a chance to redeem themselves after blowing as many opportunities to separate from the pack as the Giants have been given this season. A more pessimistic view would look at the warts of the Giants and see nothing worse than a team as unpredictable as this in a position where they have to play their best game witho...
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