Dallas Clinches a Playoff Spot with Their Win Over Indianapolis
The Dallas Cowboys clinched the NFC East yesterday and earned their first playoff berth in four seasons as they beat the Indianapolis Colts by a final score of 42-7. Tony Romo threw four touchdown passes and broke Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing (32,971 career yards, 29 more than Aikman) while the Cowboys emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions. The Colts didn't have much to play for with they had already secured the AFC South title.
Dallas had an opening for its first division title and postseason berth since 2009 because of Philadelphia's 27-24 loss at Washington on Saturday. The Eagles were eliminated with the Cowboys' win.
"In so many ways, this is such a long journey and to get to a point to achieve your first goal of winning the division title, a lot goes into that," said head coach Jason Garrett, in his fourth full season. "I think the way you play in securing that matters, and I thought we played really, really well."
The Cowboys will now wrap up the regular season this week as they head to Washington to take on the Redskins. Kickoff for that game is set for noon on December 28th and can be seen on FOX.