Analyzing Cowboys’ Playoff Hopes After Brutal Loss to Bears

December 10, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Dallas Cowboys certainly didn't help their playoff chances by allowing 45 points and not forcing one punt in the 45-28 blowout loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 14, but Tony Romo and Co. aren't out of postseason contention just yet. 
A win in Chicago would have catapulted Dallas ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the division lead and comfortably into the No. 3 seed in the NFC.
But with a loss, the now 7-6 Cowboys are out of the playoff picture completely and sit behind the 7-6 Bears and the 8-5 Arizona Cardinals who both trail the 9-4 San Francisco 49ers for the conference's final wild-card spot. 
Let's take a look at Dallas' playoff scenarios with three games remaining.
Before we begin, it's worth noting that the two wild-card spots are essentially out of play for the Cowboys, as they would need to leapfrog three teams—one of which would be the Bears—to sneak into the No. 6 spot.

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