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Still Alive!! Still Alive!! Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Mon, Dec 26, 2005, 11:20 AM

They’re alive. As hard as it is to believe, they are alive. It all comes down to the final week of the season. With a victory over St. Louis and a little help from Philadelphia or Atlanta, the Cowboys are in the playoffs. The Cowboys bounced back from that incredible loss at Washington and actually beat Carolina.

I’m starting to think more and more that the size of the Washington beating actually helped Dallas. It so embarrassed Dallas that it unified the team. Everybody was getting yelled at. Everybody was forced to look at themselves and their individual contributions to the team.

The playoff situation is now very clear. Before the Cowboys kickoff Sunday night, they will know if they can make the playoffs. A Carolina loss or a Washington loss coupled with a Cowboys victory sends the Cowboys to the post season.

Washington travels to Philadelphia. Carolina goes to Atlanta. I think Washington has a great shot at beating Philly. But Carolina and Atlanta is very interesting to me.

I don’t know how to gauge Atlanta. What is Atlanta’s mood going into the Carolina game? Atlanta has no playoff hopes, they’ve had a very disappointing season. I just don’t know what the mood in Atlanta is right now.

I don’t think Philadelphia can beat Washington. But, I do know that they will play hard and give Washington a game. They may have nothing to play for, but they will play with a ton of pride.

Carolina plays the early game and Washington plays the late game. If Carolina wins the early game, Cowboys fans will immediately become Eagles fans. Imagine that.

If everything works out right for the Cowboys they will be playing St. Louis for a wildcard berth. And, if that happens, St. Louis better watch out! The Cowboys will kill the Rams.

Not only do the Rams have no heart, they also have no game plan. They have some talent but you would never know it by the way they’ve played in 2005. This is a team that simply should not be able to compete on the same field as a Cowboy team that is focused on making the playoffs.

In a season that has been filled with close games and close calls it is only fitting that this season comes down to the final game.
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