Cowboys Clinch NFC East Control, Ravens and 49ers Secure First-Round Byes

Cowboys Clinch NFC East Control, Ravens and 49ers Secure First-Round Byes

The Dallas Cowboys got another big win without taking the field on Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers took care of things so they could get an extra week off. The NFL playoff picture will become clearer in a week. There are nine teams. Five positions are open.

Twenty teams are still chasing the Super Bowl. Baltimore secured first place in the AFC with a 56-19 win over MiamiLamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes and had a perfect passer rating, helping the Ravens (13-3) secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage during the playoffs while increasing their chances of winning their second AP NFL MVP award.


The 49ers took first in the NFC with a 27-10 victory over Washington and help from Arizona. When the Cardinals defeated Philadelphia 35-31, it gave San Francisco (12-4) first place. The Ravens and 49ers will be able to rest their starters next week and won’t have to play until the divisional round on the 20th-21st. in January.


Arizona’s impressive comeback win over the Eagles (11-5) also gave the Cowboys (11-5) control of the NFC East. Dallas would clinch the division and lock up the No. 2 seed in Week 18 with a Washington win. The Cowboys caught all the breaks over the weekend.

After coach Mike McCarthy’s poor clock management nearly blew the game Saturday night, the officials gave Dallas a timeout and the Cowboys beat Detroit 20-19. The Lions were able to take the lead on a 2-point drive in the final minute, but it was negated by a penalty because offensive lineman Taylor Decker was not the right receiver when he caught the pass.

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