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Remember how fun it was anticipating the Giants/Cowboys New Year's Day regular season finale during the last week of 2011? The winner got a ticket to the playoffs and a home game in the Wild Card round. The loser went home.
It could be deja vu 363 days later, with the Eagles playing the role of the Cowboys in the 2012 version.
Philadelphia should bounce back from a disappointing 8-8 record last season. I fully expect them to win 10-11 games this year. While the Giants may be the better team, they have a more difficult schedule, which means that 10-11 wins seems like a realistic range.
If Dallas disappoints, as they have most years since President Clinton's first term, and Washington is—well Washington—than the Giants and Eagles figure to battle it out for the NFC East title.
If this game does crown a division winner, unlike last season, I do expect the loser to also make the playoffs as a wild card. Not as dramatic but still a lot of fun, and just the possibility of this scenario playing out is good enough for No. 2 on this list.