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NFL Week 17: Dallas Cowboys Vs. New York Giants

Despite the recent struggles of both teams, the Cowboys and Giants square off on Sunday night to determine the NFC East champion.

16 weeks hasn't been enough to decide the NFC East champion.

Despite the recent struggles of both teams, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants will be playing for the NFC East title in New Jersey on New Year's Day. The math is quite simple: the winner captures the NFC East crown and hosts a first round playoff game against either the Detroit Lions or Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys and their fans are holding their collective breath this week, as quarterback Tony Romo suffered a contusion on his right hand in Week 16's meaningless loss that forced him from the game early in the first quarter. Romo was immediately removed from the game and taken to the locker room for x-rays, which came up negative. Romo's hand, though, swelled up significantly. Despite the injury, Romo vows to play on Sunday night.

While the Cowboys are coming off of a loss to the Eagles, the Giants are riding some momentum, as they reigned supreme in the Battle of New York in Week 16, easily defeating Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, 29-14.

Tom Coughlin's team also has some injuries of their own to worry about this week, though none to as significant a player like Romo is to the Cowboys. Wide receiver Mario Manningham has been deemed questionable by Coughlin for Sunday night's showdown, and tight end Jake Ballard is also uncertain of his own status as well.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. CT from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Televised coverage can be found nationally on NBC.

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