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CHICAGO -- The playoff scenarios aren't very complicated as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned.
"We've got to win out," quarterback Tony Romo told ESPNDallas.com after Monday night's 45-28 loss to the Chicago Bears. "That's our approach. We need to do that. I think we have that mindset.
"I think we've had that. Really, a couple of weeks ago, we felt like we needed to win. We did that, so it's going right back into it."
The Cowboys (7-6), who missed the playoffs the last two seasons after losing regular-season finales that were de facto NFC East title games, dropped a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) in the division standings. Those teams will meet Week 17 at AT&T Stadium in another potential win-or-go-home game.
We've got to win them all at this point. We can't sit around and wait for Philadelphia to lose.” -- Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick
Because the Cowboys won in Philadelphia on Oct. 20, Dallas controls its playoff destiny. However, the only way the Cowboys are guaranteed to end their postseason drought at three years is to win their final three games.
"We've got to win them all at this point," cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. "We can't sit around and wait for Philadelphia to lose."
Added defensive end DeMarcus Ware: "We just feel like we don't want any margin of error. We want to win out and control our own destiny. That's just the bottom line."
The Eagles have an NFL-best five-game winning streak. Philadelphia faces the Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1) on the road and the Bears (7-6) at home before finishing the regular season against the Cowboys.
The Cowboys play the Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) at home and the Washington Redskins (3-10) on the road before hosting the Eagles.
A wild-card berth is not a realistic scenario for the Cowboys. Those spots are currently held by the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, teams with 9-4 records.
"If we can't lose a division game, we can't have another loss that Green Bay would give us, then it looks like we've got to just carry it on out," owner/general manager Jerry Jones said, referring to winning the final three games of the regular season.
"But that seems a little empty right this minute, right after we've just seen us have the inability to get a stop out here. That's very frustrating. I can almost say it's understandable, but that doesn't make it acceptable."