NFC Playoff Picture: Dallas Cowboys Now Looking Up In Standings, Must Win To Stay In

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11: Running back Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants leaps over safety Gerald Sensabaugh #43 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With the loss on Sunday night versus the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys have now lost control of their own destiny to make the playoffs.

The Dallas Cowboys have had a tough two weeks, as excruciating losses to the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants have put them in a position no one likes to be in. A position with no control of their destiny.

Two weeks ago, they had a firm grip on their playoff destiny. Now, the Cowboys need folks to lose and they've got to keep winning. Up next is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team who has been eliminated from playoff contention but could look to vindicate themselves after getting embarrassed by Jacksonville on Sunday.

Here are the updated playoff standings in the NFC going into week 15:

Rank NFC Team
W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV REASON
1 z - Green Bay 13 0 0 1.000 4-0-0 10-0-0 .446 .446 NFC North Champ
2 z - San Francisco 10 3 0 .769 3-1-0 8-2-0 .449 .406 NFC West Champ
Wins tie break over New Orleans based on best win percentage in conference games.
3 x - New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 3-1-0 6-3-0 .464 .454 NFC South Champ
4 NY Giants 7 6 0 .538 2-2-0 4-6-0 .515 .433 NFC East Champ (Wins tie break over Dallas based on head-to-head win percentage.)
5 Atlanta 8 5 0 .615 2-2-0 6-4-0 .470 .340 Wins tie break over Detroit based on head-to-head win percentage.
6 Detroit 8 5 0 .615 3-2-0 6-5-0 .515 .375
7 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 2-2-0 6-3-0 .521 .407 Wins tie break over Dallas based on best win percentage in conference games.
8 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 2-2-0 5-4-0 .467 .382
9 Arizona 6 7 0 .462 3-2-0 6-5-0 .470 .395
10 Seattle 5 7 0 .417 2-1-0 4-4-0 .516 .469
11 Philadelphia 5 8 0 .385 3-1-0 4-6-0 .491 .375

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