For Cowboys, it's about Week 17 vs. Giants

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Forget the Philadelphia Eagles. Bring on the New York Giants.

And the Cowboys might have to go on without Tony Romo, who suffered a hand injury on the offense’s first series.

Because the New York Giants beat the New York Jets, 29-14, earlier Saturday, what happens today at Cowboys Stadium is largely meaningless.

The Cowboys will have a winner-take-all season finale at MetLife Stadium against the Giants on Jan.1. The Eagles (6-8) were eliminated from playoff contention with the Giants’ win.

The Cowboys have slim wild-card chances, but would need to Atlanta to lose both of its final games to New Orleans and then Tampa Bay, which has lost nine straight games.

That’s why winning the division is so important.

According to a source, the Cowboys will consider resting running back Felix Jones, who has a hamstring injury, and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who has a stinger. Jones did not practice all week, while Ware was limited for two days. Ware was fitted for a firmer neck roll to help prevent an aggravation.

Several other players are also battling injuries: Mike Jenkins (shoulder), Jay Ratliff (rib muscle), Laurent Robinson (shoulder) and Kyle Kosier (foot).

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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