The Birds still have a chance at the No. 1 seed. They’ll earn a first-round bye if they win out AND the San Francisco 49ers lose to either the Washington Commanders in Week 17 or the Los Angeles Rams in Week 18. It’s not necessarily likely but it’s not impossible.
The downside to the Cowboys winning is that it prevents the Eagles from clinching the NFC East with a win over the Cardinals. It also means Philly has less margin for error in their final two games. But if the Eagles can’t win both of their next two anyway, they really don’t deserve to win the division.
It would’ve been incredibly frustrating if the Eagles actually wanted the Cowboys to lose on Saturday night. Dallas came incredibly close to blowing it at the end before they were bailed out by some awful officiating that wiped out a successful 2-point conversion to put the Lions up one point with 0:23 left.
Detroit got screwed. It’s not the first time that’s happened to them in a game against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
Pretty unfortunate for the Lions and their fans. But the Eagles do benefit from the result.