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NFL Sunday night spotlight: Cowboys at Redskins

The winner earns a playoff berth as the NFC East champions. Dallas is out if it loses while Washington can lose and make the postseason if the Bears and Vikings lose.

December 29, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, shown facing pressure from Philadelphia's DeMeco Ryans, has thrown for 26 touchdowns with 16 interceptions this season.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, shown facing pressure from Philadelphia's… (Julio Cortez / Associated…)

Dallas Cowboy (8-7) at Washington Redskins (9-6)

Time: 5:15 p.m. TV: Channel 4

Story line: Washington carries a six-game winning streak into a game that will decide the NFC East championship. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III shredded Dallas on Thanksgiving Day for 304 yards and threetouchdowns. Fellow rookie Alfred Morris is the NFL's fourth-leading rusher. The Cowboys' Tony Romo has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and for 10 touchdowns in his last four games, targeting Dez Bryant often.

Cowboys said: "Experience can be a really positive thing. It doesn't always have to be a good experience. Sometimes it can be a bad experience. When you didn't get the job done, hopefully you can learn from what happened." — Jason Garrett, coach, on last year's Week 17 title-game loss

Redskins said: "You have to get up for this game more than any other game. We've had to get up for all of them, but I think this one has a little special place." — Trent Williams, left tackle

Bottom line: Washington is favored by 3 1/2 points, and the over/under is 48 points. … Dallas is seeking its first division title and playoff berth since 2009. The Redskins' 14 turnovers are the fewest in the NFL. … Romo's 4,685 passing yards are a team record.

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