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