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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Cowboys with first winning December since '01

By Tim MacMahon



ARLINGTON, Texas -- This will be a winning December for the Dallas Cowboys.

That’s something that hasn’t been said around these parts for a decade. The Cowboys haven’t won the majority of their games in December since 2001.

That Dave Campo-coached team was just playing out the string. Jason Garrett’s squad, which is 3-0 this month, is fighting for a playoff berth and possibly a division title.

“Of course, we’ve thought we’ve had some pretty good teams that might not have had a winning December,” said owner/general manager Jerry Jones, whose team did win three of its last five games in 2009, although the regular-season finale was in January. “I don’t mind telling you, to come into December or late November and December with your back against the wall, that can be fun as you look back on it, but it’s no fun coming to the party like that. This has been particularly gratifying to see us get in here and play this well the last few ballgames.”

A winning record in December isn’t the Cowboys’ goal, of course. The regular season won’t be considered a success if the Cowboys don’t qualify for the playoffs.

That might require an undefeated December.

“Take it one game at a time,” tight end Jason Witten said. “That’s been really great for us, just because you really can’t get ahead of yourself.”