The Cowboys have not always come through when the pressure was on this season. The losses to Denver, Detroit, Kansas City and Green Bay come to mind as examples.
Against their arch-rivals and needing a road win to keep their playoff hopes alive, though, the Cowboys were able to pull out a win.
The Redskins are not nearly as complete a team as the teams Dallas lost close games to, but they are a division rival. Washington knew its Week 16 opponent as well as any other team in the NFL.
For all their mistakes this year, the Cowboys are undefeated in the NFC East and need just one more division win to make the playoffs. They are in the most ideal situation they could ask for after another up-and-down regular season.
Dallas finds itself in a Week 17 clash for the NFC East crown for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Jason Garrett has lost both Week 17 battles he has been part of since becoming the Cowboys' head coach.
The Cowboys have not punched their playoff ticket yet, and there is no guarantee they will. But in a season full of injuries, controversy and meltdowns, this team deserves a bit of credit for still having a postseason chance.
Alex Hall is a Dallas Cowboys Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @AlexKHall.