The Dallas Cowboys asserted their dominance at the top of the National East Division after defeating the Washington Commanders 38-10.
The Cowboys will host the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes in the win, including two to CeeDee Lamb. He completed 31 of 36 passes for 279 yards despite one interception.
For their part, the Leaders have practically turned the page on this difficult season (4-13) with the next draft in mind, during which they will have the opportunity to pick No. 2 overall. That's how this season concludes for Quebec's NFL wide receiver Benjamin Saint-Juste, the team's third-round pick in 2021.
Prescott put the Cowboys ahead with a pass to Jalen Tolbert in the end zone on their first possession of the game.
The visitors then missed the opportunity to extend their lead. On the final play of a potentially historic drive in which he made the first of 35 field goals, Brandon Oubre saw his 32-yard attempt blocked by Joshua Pryor, and then Jess Whitaker recovered the ball. Oubre was two points away from the record for field goals made in a perfect season, set by Mike Vanderagt of the Indianapolis Colts, which he has held since 2003. He was tied for second with Gary Anderson of the Minnesota Vikings. (1998).
The leaders took advantage of this mistake. Brian Robinson tied the game by catching a Sam Howell handoff in the second quarter.
The rest was up to Dallas. Tony Pollard took a few steps to complete the touchdown, while Prescott connected with CeeDee Lamb for a 21-10 lead at the break.
Coming back from halftime, Prescott Lamb made it goal again to cap a long 12-play rally that lasted more than six minutes of play in the third quarter. Then, after a penalty save by Peyton Hendershot to recover the ball at the Washington 9, the midfielder joined Brandin Cooks in the push zone.
Despite the defeat, Terry McLaurin reached the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, the longest such streak in Washington history.
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A nightmare for eagles
The Eagles' final game of the regular season nearly turned into a nightmare. In addition to the 27-10 defeat suffered by the New York Giants, Philadelphia lost the services of its star receiver, AJ Brown, due to a knee injury he suffered during the first game.any a fourth.
Brown fell on his right leg while being tackled by Nick McCloud.
The Eagles will now travel to the home of the NFC South Division champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to play in the first round of the playoffs.
Besides Brown, starting right guard Cam Jurgens and cornerback Sidney Brown all left the game with injuries.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts sprained the middle finger on his right hand, but was able to stay in the game before being taken out of the game, as were several of the team's starters, as the Eagles trailed 24-0.
With these misfortunes, the Eagles lost all hope of winning the NFC East division. Philadelphia needed a win combined with a Cowboys loss to the Chiefs to secure home court advantage in the playoffs.
Nick Sirianni's men wanted to find their rhythm by going into the game with four defeats in their last five matches, but that goal was missed and the questions will be even more numerous for the match that takes place without tomorrow next week.
A record for Boca Nakoa against the first-place team
The Los Angeles Rams had another chance to celebrate on Sunday before eyeing the playoffs with a 21-20 win over the overall leader San Francisco 49ers.
Puka Nakoa broke the 63-year-old's rookie record. He beat Bill Grauman's 1,473 receiving yards. He also caught his 105th pass of the season, another mark for a rookie.
Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes to win. He scored on a 12-yard run with 4:56 remaining before making a two-point conversion with a pass to Tutu Atwell to seal the game.
Los Angeles holds on to this lead to secure sixth place nationally, and heads to Detroit for the first round next Sunday.
In another two meaningless duels, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 27-14 to close out the season.
Aidan O'Connell threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns to pick up their eighth straight win over their AFC West rivals.
Davante Adams caught 100 passes for the fourth straight season, a record held by Antonio Brown, who did it six times.
Both teams leave with an 8-9 record out of the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who won the AFC West, defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, the last place team in this division, with a score of 13-12.
Since the Chiefs were guaranteed a third-place finish in the playoffs, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce have been noticeably absent. Under the circumstances, Kelce finished with 16 yards for his eighth straight season with 1,000 yards.
The Chargers lost their last five games of the season, including their last three after the Dec. 15 firing of coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco.
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