The Cowboys must wait until Sunday to nail down a division title.
But it won’t have to wait to make the playoffs.
That invitation was extended Thursday evening when Tennessee beat San Francisco 20-17. The loss by the 49ers ensures that the Cowboys will return to the post-season after a two-year absence.
There was really no drama on this point. An early six-game winning streak, followed by three-consecutive road wins to open December, have nudged Dallas near the top of the NFC pack. The Cowboys become the second team in the conference to enter the playoff field.