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When the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, many wrote the team off for good.
And they had a reason.
The Cowboys sat at 5-6. The NFC's second wild-card berth was surely out of the question, as the Cowboys sat behind the 6-4 Buccaneers, Vikings and Seahawks. If that list of teams wasn't daunting enough, the Saints stood at 5-5, and the Redskins (5-6) now own the tiebreaker over Dallas.
Passing all five teams to land the only remaining wild-card spot was a simply a fantasy. The only route left was to win the division, and even that looked bleak.
But then, a funny thing happened.
The Vikings and Buccaneers lost. As did the Seahawks and Saints. Just like that, the Cowboys had new life.
The Cowboys already own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Buccaneers. The Seahawks and Vikings are likely to wind up 8-8 when all is said and done.
And with the Redskins and Saints still remaining on the schedule, the Cowboys practically control their own destiny in the race for the NFC's final wild-card berth.
Would a Super Bowl run be an improbable path? For sure. But is it time to fall asleep on the Cowboys chances?