They have three games left in the season. If they win out, they make the playoffs. If they go 2-1, they still might get in but will need some help.
They likely will not get in at 9-7.
So there is a lot of frustration in Dallas following the loss to Pittsburgh.
But there also remains hope.
It's up to the Cowboys to decide how this season ends.
Certainly they will be challenged by a tough schedule, but if they were to make the playoffs, these are the types of games they will have to win in order to get to the Super Bowl.
So the playoffs start with Sunday night's game against the NFC East champion Giants. The Cowboys conclude the regular season against the Ravens and at Philadelphia.
"We don't know how the season is going to end," quarterback Tony Romo said. "Other teams that have been in this situation went on to win the Super Bowl, and others have been in this position and not made the playoffs. The story will be written here at the end. We have a chance to write our own story."
MONDAY LEFTOVERS: CB Adam Jones will remain on kickoff and punt returns despite struggling against the Steelers. He had two punt returns for 3 yards, and he muffed one return. On kickoffs, he had three returns for 48 yards, with his longest return going for 20 yards.
--RB Tarshard Choice rushed for 88 yards against the Steelers. It was more yards than any running back had against the Steelers all season. Choice will likely start against the Giants if Marion Barber can't go due to a dislocated pinky toe.
--QB Tony Romo has a 4-8 record in December and January with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
--CB Vickiel Vaughn was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad. Vaughn was originally a seventh-round (254th overall) draft pick by San Francisco in 2006 out of Arkansas. He spent his first two seasons with the 49ers and the 2008 training camp with the Denver Broncos.
--CB Anthony Henry saw time at safety against the Steelers on passing downs. His role could increase because safeties Keith Davis and Ken Hamlin are both hobbling and underwent MRIs on Monday. Davis has a sprained knee, and Hamlin has a sprained ankle.
Dallas Can Still Do It
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