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NFL Playoff Picture: Dallas Takes Back Division Lead

Dallas takes a one game lead in the NFC East after New York's upset loss to the Redskins. The Cowboys still have divisional games remaining against both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Giants.

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Linebacker Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys pressures quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 17, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 17: Linebacker Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys pressures quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 17, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the NFC's playoff picture is becoming clearer. The Dallas Cowboys were big winners this week thanks to their victory over Tampa Bay and the New York Giants disappointing loss to the Washington Redskins.

The Green Bay Packers suffered their first loss of the season but are still on top of the conference standings. The Packers are followed by the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys are currently the No. 4 seed and hold a one game lead over the Giants in the NFC East. Dallas still has divisional games left against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Giants to close out the season.

Atlanta and Detroit have two game leads in the wildcard race with 9-5 records. The Falcons hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Lions but the Falcons have a big Monday Night matchup with the Saints in Week 16. Detroit closes out its season against the Chargers and the Packers. Seattle leads four teams with 7-7 records including the Giants and the Chicago Bears whose playoff hopes are fading fast.

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