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Cowboys vs. Steelers 2012: Dallas ensures winning December

After defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15, the Dallas Cowboys are guaranteed to have a winning December.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in more than a decade, the Dallas Cowboys will have a winning record in December.

After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15, the Cowboys improved to 3-0 in the year's final month. With just two games left to play in the season, and in December, the Cowboys are guaranteed a winning December.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten isn't quite ready to celebrate Dallas' December quite yet. He told

"Take it one game at a time. That's been really great for us, just because you really can't get ahead of yourself."

Now after winning their first three games in December, Witten and the Cowboys find themselves with an 8-6 record, and in a three-way tie atop the NFC East standings with the Giants and Redskins. Dallas has a Week 16 date against the New Orleans Saints, before taking on the Washington Redskins in Week 17 -- a game that could crown the NFC East's champion.

If Tony Romo and the Cowboys are to dispel the public perception that they choke in December, they'll need to make the playoffs -- otherwise the winning December will be a mere footnote.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.