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Out of all the Cowboys players that made the Pro Bowl, I'm the most happy about Jay Ratliff's inclusion. Ratliff was a seventh-round pick who most of us didn't really think much about at the time. But I remember training camp in 2006 when I saw Ratliff making plays all over the place and thinking this guy has a chance. He could be something. Well, that obviously is the case as Ratliff is finally getting league-wide recognition for his excellent play this season. I love the way he utilizes his quickness to attack ball-carriers and QB's, his tenacity to hold down the nose tackle position on double-teams, but most of all, I love his never-quit motor. The guy simply never gives up on a play and is as active in the fourth quarter of a game as he is in the first quarter. The Cowboys found a gem late in the draft and now he's paying off.

Congrats to Jay Ratliff

DeMarcus Ware, also going to the Pro Bowl, is the NFC defensive player of the week.

DeMarcus Ware's three sack, seven-tackle, two-quarterback pressures, two-forced fumble effort against the New York Giants did not go unnoticed obviously. He was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.

Also, go vote for Tashard Choice as Rookie of the Week.

The guy who got snubbed was none other than Bradie James. It's a shame that Bradie isn't going, he's had a spectacular year and has been a major part of the defensive renaissance we've seen in the second half of the year.

We signed a new RB to the practice squad. 

The Cowboys signed running back Marcus Thomas to the practice squad on Wednesday.

Thomas was a fifth-round pick in 2008 by the Chargers and played at UTEP. Thomas was released in training camp and was picked up by Detroit and played three games.

Frank Luksa names his 10 best memories of games at Texas Stadium in honor of the last regular-season game to be played there. 

Want to keep up with playoff scenarios? Check out this page on NFL.com  The Cowboys clinching scenario for this week is beat Baltimore and:

A Philadelphia loss or tie and a Chicago loss or tie and an Atlanta loss.
A Philadelphia loss or tie and a Chicago loss or tie and a Tampa Bay loss.
A Chicago loss or tie and a Tampa Bay loss and an Atlanta loss.
A Philadelphia loss or tie and an Atlanta loss and Dallas clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Chicago.