As far as the 2022 regular season unfolds, it went down to the wire and the Dallas Cowboys made a valiant effort to potentially improve their playoff seeding heading into their Week 18 matchup against the Washington Commanders but in the end, they ended the week where they started it.
The Cowboys will enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed in the NFC, facing off against the winner of the NFC South: Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The game is set for Monday, January 16 at 8:25 p.m. EDT — closing out the NFL Super Wild Card weekend.
The Week 18 result had multiple possible scenarios for the Cowboys, with the team putting pressure on the Tennessee Titans after beating the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve.
It puts Dallas on a two-game winning streak and starts a two-game losing streak by Philadelphia that keeps them from clinching the top spot in the NFC East or the NFC.
To steal the top spot in the division, the Cowboys needed a win against the Commanders and a loss to the Eagles
To get the top seed in the conference, the Cowboys need a win, an Eagles loss against the New York Giants and a loss to the San Francisco 49ers against the Arizona Cardinals. In the end, it wasn't meant to be, especially with both the 49ers and Eagles on the way to victory.
With their seed now solidified, the Cowboys now prepare to visit Brady this week on Super Wild Card Weekend at Raymond James Stadium in a rematch of the regular season opener, when the Buccaneers beat the Cowboys 19-3 at AT&T Stadium.
It will be a chance for Dallas to put on a ghostly showing against Brady, as he is 7-0 against the Cowboys.
Brady has long had Dallas under his thumb, giving Dak Prescott and the Cowboys defense enough motivation to end his reign over them. It will start with a long hard look to make sure and guarantee that how inconsistent they were in Washington doesn't happen in Tampa.