Eagles Will Face Cowboys For Division

Tony Romo led the Cowboys on a nine-play, 87-yard drive to give Dallas a 24-23 victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon.

Late in the second half, it appeared the Redskins might pull off the upset. Washington had a 23-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys scored the final 10 points to secure the win. On fourth-and-goal from the Redskins’ 10, Romo bought time and found DeMarco Murray for the game-winning touchdown with 1:16 left.

What does the result mean for the Eagles? The NFC East will be determined next week when the Birds travel to Dallas, regardless of what happens during tonight’s matchup against the Bears.

Chip Kelly maintained all week that he would play his starters against Chicago, no matter the result of the early game. We’ll find out after kickoff if that is actually the case.

Tonight’s matchup has no bearing on the NFC East race, but the Eagles do have seeding at stake. They are still eligible for the third seed or the fourth seed, depending on how this week and next week play out.

As for the Bears, they’ll be keeping an eye on a couple late afternoon games. If the Packers beat the Steelers and the Lions fall to the Giants, the NFC North will be decided next week when Chicago takes on Green Bay. That means Bears head coach Marc Trestman could consider resting some guys tonight.

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