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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Jason Garrett: First-place tie means nothing

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- From a technical standpoint, there is a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East between New York, Washington and Dallas.

Based on tie-breakers Washington is in first, Dallas in second and New York is third.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn't care. He knew the Giants lost in Atlanta on Sunday prior to the Cowboys' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he maintained his focus.

"A tie in the division after 14 games means nothing," Garrett said. "We have the New Orleans Saints coming here next week. What we have to do is get better and learn from this ballgame."

Garrett is consistent in his thought process with his team: Focus on your job at hand and the opponent coming up. Garrett said he doesn't break the season down in parts, just in individual games. If you win the game in front of you, it doesn't matter what happened last week or what your opponent did, just win the next game.

"We're not concerned about the standings," he said. "Focused on the task at hand. The players hear me say this halfway through the talk (and) they start rolling their eyes. You focus on us and on the task at hand. We have to look at this game and say, 'How can we get better?' That's what we have to do, that's the first thing. Then focus at the task at hand as the New Orleans Saints come here next week."