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Witten: Hopefully, Cowboys Have Learned "From Those Past Experiences"

For the second straight year, the Cowboys' season comes down to a Week 17 division match-up

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    Last season as in this season, the Dallas Cowboys’ season came down to one game--win, and you win the NFC East crown and earn a playoff berth; lose, and your season is over. In 2011, of course, they lost to the New York Giants, leaving the team to watch as their rivals to the Northeast went on a run culminating in a Super Bowl Championship.

    Veteran tight end Jason Witten believes Dallas needs to learn from this experience.

    It can’t be the same old story,” Witten said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s hard to get in this situation and play for a division title. It’s a great opportunity for us. Hopefully those past experiences have helped develop us so we can be better in this situation. But it is, it’s a different experience. Obviously, different opponent and it’s going to be a tough challenge.”

    DeMarcus Ware--the Cowboys’ only other Pro Bowler aside from Witten--sees Sunday night’s matchup with Washington as a chance for redemption for the core of this Cowboys team.

    “This is one of those types of game where you learn from last season to get you to where you are right now,” Ware said. “Last season, we weren’t able to pull it out, but we had that opportunity. Now guess what? They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but it has. Now we have an opportunity to be exactly where we need to be. It’s amongst the guys if we want it or not.”

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