Things have been looking up for the Dallas Cowboys lately, but as far as the playoffs are concerned, that ship officially sailed on Sunday.
Dallas won their match-up with the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, 38-35. But the Giants and Eagles won as well, and are tied, at 8-4 a piece, for the division lead. The teams play each other on December 26, meaning that neither team can possibly lose out, which would be required for the Cowboys to make the playoffs via a division championship.
The New Orleans Saints lead the wild card race at 9-3, meaning that the Cowboys are now statistically eliminated from the playoffs.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones, like most people around Dallas, let go of any hope for the playoffs a long time ago.
"I don’t mind telling you until Thanksgiving, making the playoffs had never left my mind at 9-7," Jones said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "[9-7 might do it] because of the way other people are knocking each other off. A nine win team might get in there. But now, no."
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