The Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 to win the National Football Conference’s East division title and the last of the National Football League’s 12 playoff berths.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, as the Redskins (10-6) claimed their first division title since 1999. The Cowboys (8-8) had their season end with the loss.
The Redskins will play the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6 in the first round of the NFL playoffs.
The Minnesota Vikings claimed the NFC’s final wild card playoff berth with a 37-34 victory over Green Bay earlier today and face the Packers again to open the postseason on Jan. 5.
The Houston Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals the same day in the American Football Conference, while the Indianapolis Colts visit the Baltimore Ravens the following day.
The Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers earned the top two seeds in the NFC and get a week of rest during the first round of the playoffs, while the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots got first-round byes in the AFC.
The New York Giants and Chicago Bears were eliminated from postseason contention on the last day of the regular season even though they won their regular-season finales. The Giants routed the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7, yet had their season end when the Bears held on for a 26-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Chicago’s playoff chances ended with the Vikings’ win.
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