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What Cowboys win over Seahawks in Week 13 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC

The Cowboys beat the Seahawks in Week 13. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs with the ball during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium.  Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys (9-3) came away with a win over the Seattle Seahawks (6-6) in Week 13. Despite this being a Thursday night game, it had plenty of scoring and came down to the wire as Dallas won 38-35.

The Cowboys now have extra time to prepare for the Eagles in Week 14, while Seattle hopes to get back to full strength ahead of their road matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams will be facing their respective division leaders in a game that could absolutely have playoff implications.

Week 13 is just getting underway, but both teams will keep an eye on the Eagles’ matchup against the 49ers on Sunday. Neither team can unseat their division leader, but the result, one way or the other, could close the gap. Both teams should remain in second place in their divisional races.

Looking at the NFC playoff race, Dallas remains in the No. 5 spot despite having a better record for the time being than the 49ers and the Detroit Lions. The Eagles are No. 1, so the highest Dallas can be this week is No. 5. Seattle will drop to No. 7 for now. They are technically tied with the 6-6 Minnesota Vikings, but Minnesota has a better record in conference games, so it gets the edge despite being on bye this week. Still, if the playoffs ended today, both Dallas and Seattle are in.