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What Dallas’ win over Detroit in Week 17 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC

The Cowboys survived a tight ballgame against the Lions on Saturday. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

Detroit Lions v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys (11-5) were able to end a two-game losing streak by taking down the Detroit Lions (11-5) in a 20-19 victory on Saturday. CeeDee Lamb had a career night for the Cowboys, hauling in 13 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown. It didn’t come easy as Jared Goff fired a touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown in the final minute. A successful two-point conversion was wiped off the board due to a penalty and the Cowboys were able get a stop on another attempt to survive.

With the victory, Dallas kept its NFC East title hopes alive heading into the final week of the regular season. The team currently sits a half game behind Philadelphia, who will host Arizona on Sunday. The Cowboys are also still alive for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but will be knocked out of that race if San Francisco defeats Arizona on Sunday.

Detroit has already wrapped up the NFC North title and is already guaranteed a home game in playoffs. However, the loss puts the Lions’ hopes for the No. 1 seed in the NFC on life support. A victory by either San Francisco or Philadelphia on Sunday would take them out of the running for that honor.

Dallas will close the regular season with a Week 18 matchup at Washington next Sunday. Meanwhile, Detroit will host Minnesota for its Week 18 matchup next Sunday.