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Meanwhile, in the NFC, how about those Redskins? Heading into the penultimate weekend of the regular season, look who's got a spot in the extremely popular If the Playoffs Started Today Game? Why, it's the sixth-seeded Washington Redskins, for whom everything broke perfectly in Week 15. The Vikings lost early, the Falcons lost late and, in between, the Redskins smoked their hated rivals to the tune of 35-7. Voila! All of a sudden, the team that went 2-6 in between Weeks 5 and 12 would make the playoffs, again, if they started today.

Fittingly, the two wins over the Cowboys each gave the Redskins new leases on the 2005 season. That's the way wins in rivalry series should work. Back in Week 2, with five minutes left in the Monday nighter in Dallas, the Washington media was all but in the starter's blocks to be the first ones to ask Joe Gibbs if he regretted everything: benching Patrick Ramsey, playing Mark Brunell, starting 0-2, leaving NASCAR, etc. Then came two shocking Brunell-to-Santana Moss touchdown strikes in 71 seconds and the Redskins season had life. Cut to Week 15 -- with the Redskins starting the day in ninth place in the conference, behind no fewer than three 8-5 teams in front of them. Enter the Cowboys, whose offseason acquisition of the strong-armed but statuesque Drew Bledsoe was hailed by everyone with one caveat -- they must keep him upright. On Sunday, Dallas failed miserably in that regard. The Redskins defensive line held a symposium in the Cowboys backfield, sacking Bledsoe seven times with defensive end Phillip Daniels accounting for a franchise-record four of them. Needless to say, Dallas couldn't run the ball either. When the Redskins could, it was good night and good luck.

"They just outplayed us in every area," Bill Parcells said. "We had no chance to win. We looked like we just couldn't handle it. We just didn't do anything well. We lost our poise."

And with that, the Cowboys not only lost the season series to Washington for the first time in 10 years but also lost their shot at the NFC East in 2005. In 60 breathtaking minutes (58 more than the Redskins provided in Week 2), Dallas fell from sixth in the entire conference to third place in its own division. Let's face it: The Cowboys are in deep trouble. To make the playoffs, they must now finish ahead of the Redskins who, with three straight wins and an offense suddenly on tilt, finish up at home against the Giants and then at the staggering Eagles. In fact, if the same scenario unfolds in Week 16 as did Week 15 -- a Redskins win combined with losses by Dallas (at Carolina), Minnesota (at Baltimore on Christmas night) and Atlanta (at Tampa Bay) -- then guess who clinches a playoff spot? That's right. The team that your humble narrator first called "for real" way back after Week 5. The Washington Redskins. Guess that's not so humble, huh?

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Back in Week 2, with five minutes left in the Monday nighter in Dallas, the Washington media was all but in the starter's blocks to be the first ones to ask Joe Gibbs if he regretted everything: benching Patrick Ramsey, playing Mark Brunell, starting 0-2, leaving NASCAR, etc.

We started the season with a win, so if we lost, we would have been 1-1, not 0-2.

Is that you Nunyo?

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Beautiful. How frickin sweet would it be to clinch a playoff spot on Christmas?

Would be the best XMas present anyone on here could ever ask for...

It's highly possible too. Panthers wont have a hard time beating the Cowboys at home, Tampa Bay just came off a shutout vs. the Pats and are at home, and the Ravens put a lot of points up on the board vs. the Packers... so Minny could fall too. I love our chances. It would just be, sweet! :D

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