Cowboys coaches fear firings
There is concern internally that coach Jason Garrett and his entire coaching staff will be fired unless the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East and reach the playoffs, a team source said.
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Dallas will need to prevail against the Philadelphia Eagles in a winner-take-all season finale in Week 17. Garrett's Cowboys have lost winner-take-all games in the last week to end the past two seasons -- against the New York Giants in 2011 and Redskins in 2012.
The Cowboys rallied to beat the Washington Redskins 24-23 on Sunday to improve their record to 8-7 this season.
Despite lingering tension between Garrett and Tony Romo after the coach singled out the quarterback for wrongly changing a run call into a pass before last week's game-turning interception against the Green Bay Packers, where the Cowboys lost despite leading 26-3 at halftime, Romo has tried to send a message of encouragement to teammates, sources say.
If the Cowboys protect the football and put up points as they have been, Romo told them, then they can be a team that has a chance.
"We have to stand up and stay together," tight end Jason Witten said.
Romo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on fourth down with 1:08 remaining Sunday to lift the Cowboys past the Redskins.