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Dallas Cowboys Rally to Save Playoff Lives

Tony Romo

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are still alive in the playoff race after defeating the Washington Redskins by a score of 24-23. A win or go home scenario will be in effect next week when the Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles, but will the Cowboys earn a playoff berth for the first time in years? The Cowboys already beat the Eagles once this year in Philadelphia, but will the team that always lets you down come through with playoff hopes in the balance?

Tony Romo silenced his critics and put an end to his December woes with his performance on Sunday. Romo passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and came away with the victory. Romo’s passer rating was 98.7 in the crucial win and he finally delivered a clutch drive when the game was on the line. Demarco Murray had a solid performance with his 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the day. The Cowboys’ comeback shows growth, but a loss next week will diminish all the progress Dallas has made throughout the season.

Can the Cowboys win the season finale and get to the playoffs? The 2009-10 season was the last time the Cowboys made the playoffs, but since then the Cowboys have struggled late in the season. Last year, the Cowboys had a win or go home scenario against the Washington Redskins the last week of the season, and Tony Romo choked that game away. Dallas’ playoff hopes fall on the arm of Tony Romo and that is a scary thought for Cowboys fans. Romo has a chance to become the franchise quarterback everyone wants him to be next week, but will he thrive under the pressure?

If Dallas loses to Philadelphia next week, a major overhaul will likely take place in the offseason from the coaches to the players. Dallas has been longing for a playoff berth and it is within reach once again, but will the talented playmakers of the Cowboys finally come through? This is Tony Romo’s opportunity to seize the moment, but will he capture or just let it slip?

Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.