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Cowboys Clinch 2021 NFC East Championship

The will be walking into tonight's game against the Washington Football Team with one less thing to worry about. Thanks to earlier game outcomes, the Cowboys have officially become Champions!

While the handled their business against the , that win wasn't enough to prevent the Cowboys from clinching the division. Though Philly still has a slim chance of matching Dallas' overall, division, and conference records, they would now lose based on the “strength of victory” tiebreaker.

The tiebreaker was clinched with losses today by the Lions and Broncos, both teams that the Eagles have beaten in 2021 but Dallas either didn't play (Detroit) or didn't beat (Denver). This lowered the “strength” of those victories and it is now impossible for Philly to match Dallas in that formula.

A loss or tie by the Eagles would have also given the Cowboys the East crown. But Philadelphia continued its push toward a spot with a 34-10 win over the Giants.

Even with that outcome, Dallas only needed two of six other games to go their way to clinch the division. But in the five games that kicked off at noon today, only the ' win over Detroit went in the Cowboys' favor.

It wasn't until the just defeated the Broncos that things became official for Dallas.

This is the Cowboys' first division title since 2018. It's also the 17th season since there's been a repeat champion in the .

now has his first division win as Dallas' in his second season. It's the third time that the Cowboys have taken the NFC East since became starting in 2016.

Dallas' work is far from done in the regular season. They still want to remain near the top of the NFC playoff seeding and potentially catch McCarthy's former team, the , for that number-one seed.

That means tonight's game against Washington is still one the Cowboys very much need to win.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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