The Dallas Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears on Thursday night by a final score of 41 to 28. With the victory, the Cowboys advanced to 9-4 on the season. This win means that, for the first time since 2010, the Cowboys can't finish at the mediocre mark of 8-8.
Due to the beat down that the Birds put on the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the Eagles (9-3) did not really need a win from the Bears here. But a Dallas loss here would have given Philadelphia more breathing room to work with.
The good news for Philadelphia is that they can still clinch the NFC East in Week 15. All the Eagles have to do is beat the Seattle Seahawks at home this week and then beat Dallas at home on Sunday Night Football next week. While that won't be easy by any means, it is certainly within the realm of possibility. Keep in mind that the Eagles have won 10 straight regular season home games to this point.
Even if the Eagles do fail to beat the Seahawks, an Eagles win over the Cowboys would put Philly at 10-4 and Dallas at 9-5 with two games left. The Eagles would also own the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker in that scenario. In other words, the Cowboys could only win the NFC East by winning out while the Eagles would have to lose out. The Cowboys play the Colts at home in Week 16 before heading to Washington for their season finale. The Eagles play on the road in Washington in Week 16 before finishing their regular season schedule in
New York New Jersey against the Giants.
For now, the Eagles can't worry about looking ahead. Their game against Seattle on Sunday is a big one.