Morning Rewind, 12/8: Nobody wants to win the NFC East

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A win by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night would somehow inch them closer to a playoff berth -- while improving their record to 4-8. Knocking off the Washington Redskins would set up an effective three-way tie for first in the NFC East at 5-7, with Dallas trailing behind by just a game.

And that's exactly what happened.

Entrancingly miserable seasons by all four teams in the division have set up not only a possibility, but a likelihood that the playoffs will see a team under .500 -- perhaps even with just six wins.

Monday night's fiasco came down to a last-second field goal by Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. Bailey knocked in a 54-yarder with 14 ticks left, putting Dallas up 19-16 -- the score they would go on to win by.

The kick was the finale to an episode of fourth-quarter fireworks, including a fantastic Dez Bryant grab that led to a Darren McFadden touchdown run.



The result sent the division race into even more of a tizzy. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Eagles currently sit as the favorites, with a 43 percent chance to clinch the crown, as Dallas crawls back into the conversation with a 10 percent chance.



With four games left to play for each team, the race -- or crawl -- to the finish line will certainly be competitive, if not enthralling.

As Terrell Owens used to say, get your popcorn ready. And maybe some coffee to stay awake, if you think you'll need it.

Cowboys 19, Redskins 16

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 6: Jesse James #81 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Darius Butler #20 (not pictured) of the Indianapolis Colts as Mike Adams #29 of the Indianapolis Colts defends in the first quarter of the game at Heinz Field on December 6, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Aller/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 06: Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos, Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos, and Bradley Roby #29 of the Denver Broncos tackle Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
DETROIT MI - DECEMBER 3: Richard Rodgers #82 of the Green Bay Packers catches a fourth quarter touchdown to win the game 27-23 over the Detroit Lions on December 3 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 06: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolls out of the end zone after catching the game-winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 6: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings grabs the face-mask of Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks after an interception by Thomas during the second quarter of the game on December 6, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 6: Tavon Austin #11 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Kevin Minter #51 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 6, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 6: Allen Robinson #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch against Tennessee Titans during the game at Nissan Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a touchdown pass against Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry, hidden, and cornerback Sean Smith during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes, center, is tackled by a host of Buffalo Bills players during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson celebrates his 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft (81) is tackled by Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) after a pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) for a 9-yard loss in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Jimmie Ward (25) dives to the end zone for a touchdown after intercepting a pass as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) watches during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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