NFL Playoff Predictions: Giants Will Win NFC East vs. Dallas in Week 17

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 24, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants breaks the tackle attempt of Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets during the first half on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Heading into this weekend, the NFC East was still up for grabs for three teams in the division.

The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys were all still in the race when the day began.

However, the Eagles needed a few miracles to occur in order to stay alive.

Those hopes vanished with a New York Giants 29-14 win over the New York Jets.

With a Giants win, the late result of the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles no longer holds any value in the NFC East race.

The season comes down to one game no matter what the result.

The Cowboys will travel to New York on New Year's Day with the season on the line for both organizations.

It was just Week 14 when the two teams faced off for the first time this season.

The Giants, who had been on a four-game losing streak, walked away with a 37-34 win after a dramatic fourth-quarter finish.

Both teams have a glaring weakness in the secondary.

Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Romo threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns.

Neither team is very likely to go far in the playoffs, but the battle to get there should kick off the year with an exciting show.

Right now, the big question surrounding this game is the health of Tony Romo.

During the first drive of the game against Philadelphia, Romo hit his right hand on the helmet of defensive end Jason Babin.

Romo went back to the locker room and it was reported that he has a hand contusion.

The injury likely won't keep Romo out of the game, but it could affect his performance enough to give the Giants a slight edge.

This game is going to be a shootout. Both quarterbacks have been playing at an All-Pro level this season.

With the status of Romo, the edge has to go to the New York Giants in the showdown for the division.