Cowboys Playoff Scenarios: Bears-Eagles Winner Decides 2nd Round

If the Dallas can get that rare playoff win this Saturday night against the , they won’t be able to make travel plans right away. Dallas would have to wait for the outcome of Sunday’s game between the and to know where they’re headed in the .

In the NFL, playoff brackets are not written in stone. The lowest remaining seed in any round plays the highest remaining seed.

The Bears were the #3 seed in this year’s and the Eagles were lowest at #6.  The Cowboys-Seahawks game features the #4 and #5 seeds.

The and , currently enjoying their bye weeks, were the #1 and #2 seeds.

So, if Chicago holds the fort at home, they will go to Los Angeles the following week. The winner of the 4/5 matchup between Dallas and Seattle would go to New Orleans.

But, if Philly were to upset Chicago, that would make them the lowest remaining seed in the second round. That would send them play the Saints and then the Cowboys or Seahawks would face the Rams.

Given this scenario, some Dallas fan may actually find themselves rooting for the Eagles on Sunday.

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The Cowboys’ best regular season win came in Week 13 with a stunning upset of New Orleans, who were on a 10-game win streak at the time. The Saints marched into Dallas as the hottest team in the and left with a black eye.

But a rematch in the playoff would be in the Superdome, not . Dallas hasn’t won a game there since 2009 and is 1-5 in the last 20 years.

More importantly, the Saints wouldn’t be surprised a second time around. They saw Dallas’ best stuff in Week 13 and would devise a plan to counter it.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys haven’t played the Rams this year. They last met in 2017 and swapped blows in a 35-30 shootout that Los Angeles eventually won.

And if you just boil it down to facing either or in a playoff game, the choice seems pretty clear.

Of course, Dallas has to handle business against and the Seahawks before any of this matters. And that’s hardly a given; Seattle is arguably a stronger team with more momentum right now than the Cowboys.

We’ll see what happens on Saturday. Hopefully, it leaves us still caring what happens on Sunday.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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