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NFL playoff picture: What does Cowboys-Commanders mean for NFC standings

The Cowboys face the Commanders on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys speaks with head coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Commanders after the game at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys travel to face the Washington Commanders on Sunday with the game kicking off at FedExField at 4:25 p.m. ET. We’ll run through the playoff implications of this Week 18 matchup.

Dallas Cowboys playoff picture

Update — The Cowboys defeated the Commanders in Week 18 and have secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Dallas will face the Packers in the Wild Card Round.

The Cowboys clinched their playoff spot in Week 16, and are in the running for the NFC East title this week. The Cowboys are up against the Eagles for the No. 2 seed. They control their own destiny — if they win against the Commanders, they will earn the division title and home field advantage.

The Cowboys enter as 13-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. However, if they do lose this matchup, they will fall to either the third or fifth seed in the NFC, depending on the Eagles-Giants outcome. If the Eagles lose to the Giants, the Cowboys remain division champions, but a Lions win could cause Dallas to drop in NFC seeding. If the Cowboys lose and the Eagles win, Dallas will take the top Wild Card berth.

Washington Commanders playoff picture

The Commanders were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15.