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Cowboys playoff possibilities

12/24/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The only way the Cowboys reach the postseason is to beat the New York Giants on New Year's Day at Met Life Stadium. If the Cowboys tie the Giants, they don't make the postseason.

Whoever wins Cowboys-Giants is the No. 4 seed in the NFC and will host the fifth seed in the wild card round.

Now the No. 4 seed could face either Atlanta or Detroit.

If Atlanta defeats New Orleans Monday night here's where things get interesting.

In the regular season finale, if Atlanta beats Tampa Bay and Green Bay defeats Detroit, the Falcons become the No. 5 seed.

In another scenario, if Detroit beats Green Bay and Tampa Bay beats Atlanta, the Lions are the No. 5 seed.

Should Detroit and Atlanta win their final regular season games and each finish 11-5, the Falcons win the tie-breaker because Atlanta beat Detroit earlier in the season.