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Cowboys thump Washington, fall short of NFC East title

The Cowboys needed a win and an Eagles loss to clinch the NFC East title. They got the win, but not the Philly loss. We break down what’s next.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup scores a touchdown against Washington cornerback Jimmy Moreland in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys finished the season with a strong Week 17 performance, but in the end it is all for naught. Dallas thumped Washington 47-16, but the Eagles 34-17 win over the Giants secured the NFC East for Philly.

Dak Prescott closed out his contract year with another great game. He threw for 303 yards with four touchdowns and 36 rushing yards. He connected three times with wide receiver Michael Gallup, who caught five receptions for 98 yards. Amari Cooper added 92 yards and Randall Cobb added 81 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 18 times for 122 yards and a score, and Tony Pollard added 60 yards on 14 carries.

The Cowboys defense finished with a solid game. They forced two turnovers and sacked Case Keenum twice. Steven Sims Jr. had a solid game finishing with five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. Washington averaged over four yards per carry on the ground, but just didn’t get nearly enough going.

Dallas has two big questions heading into the offseason. The first is whether or not to fire head coach Jason Garrett. Dallas has failed to get to the playoffs in six of Garrett’s nine seasons and are one of the more disappointing under-performing teams. The second question they face is what to do with Dak Prescott. They could franchise the soon-to-be free agent, but I’d imagine Jerry Jones would like to get a long-term deal done for him if possible.