Cowboys can win for losing to Eagles

Hear me out: Defeat in season finale to Philly could be a catalyst for playoff success

Updated: December 30, 2009, 2:31 PM ET
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com

I've spent the past 24 hours analyzing every potential playoff scenario for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Conventional wisdom suggests that it would be helpful for the Cowboys to beat the Eagles on Sunday, thus securing a home game in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

The only problem with that scenario is that the Cowboys probably would host the Eagles again the very next weekend. As we discovered in 2007, it's not easy to beat a division opponent three teams in ...

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