Once upon a time the Arizona Cardinals franchise was a part of the NFC East division and in 2023 they threw all sorts of chaos into it.
After many weeks of lamenting how the Dallas Cowboys lost in Arizona back in Week 3, and how that loss would likely cost Dallas a chance to win the division, those same Cardinals got the job done on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17 with a huge win.
As a result of Arizona’s improbable win they have given the Cowboys a tremendous gift:
The Dallas Cowboys now control their destiny towards winning the NFC East and #2 seed in the NFC. If they beat the Washington Commanders next week it is all theirs.
Unfortunately the San Francisco 49ers also won on Sunday, and as a result of that and Philly’s loss, the Niners have officially clinched the top seed in the NFC and the bye that comes with it.
But because Dallas beat the Detroit Lions specifically on Saturday night they are in position for the #2 seed as long as they win the division.
The #2 seed is critical for the Cowboys because if they win their first playoff game in the Wild Card Round they are assured of a second home playoff game. Given that Dallas went undefeated in the regular season at AT&T Stadium this is obviously incredibly significant.
Thank you, Cardinals!