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Dallas Cowboys secure NFC East championship

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The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Commanders on Jan. 7 to clinch the NFC East and claim the second seed in the NFC.

On Sunday, Jan. 7, the Dallas Cowboys played against the Washington Commanders and gained another win for their season, ending the game 38-10.  

The Cowboys victory makes them the NFC East Division champions, reclaiming the title they previously held in the 2021 season. They also obtained the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the postseason. 

The game had a rocky start with the Commanders taking the lead in the first half, but the Cowboys found their groove. Quarterback Dak Prescott remained the star of the game with 279 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.  

Receiver Cee Dee Lamb finished with 13 receptions, 98 yards, and two receiving touchdowns, opening the pathway to victory for the Dallas Cowboys.  

On the other side of the field, the Commanders had to cope with major changes after losing the game. Their loss resulted in the team being kicked out of the playoffs, putting an end to their 2023 season.  

Quarterback Sam Howell had almost a career-low game due to only putting up 153 yards, compared to his average of 270 yards. Receiver Terry McLaurin left the field with an underwhelming season.  

The Commanders concluded with a 4-13 season, resulting in head coach Ron Rivera being fired. Rivera never posted a winning record in his four seasons at Washington, racking up 26-40-1 overall during his term coaching for the team.  

With the Dallas Cowboys having clinched the playoffs, they pose as a threat to most playoff teams. Although the NFC playoff finalists seem strong, most teams could have underwhelming outcomes.  

The Cowboys will now begin their Super Bowl journey with a home game at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas with a Super Wild Card weekend against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 14. Expectations are for the Cowboys to sweep their home field after having a perfect 8-0 score at home this season. 

Cowboys fans will be eager to learn that the Philadelphia Eagles continue to have a dysfunctional performance. The Eagles now own the worst turnover margin in the NFL since week 13 (-8). The upcoming playoff game against the Buccaneers is crucial, as it gives the Eagles another chance to perform well.  

In the NFC South Division, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim victory, but their clinching win came after quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled to scramble on offense. The Buccaneers ranked No. 4 seed in the NFC. Leading in the division is the San Francisco 49ers.  

As this NFL season begins to wrap up, time will tell who will prevail an ideal mark in the upcoming Super Bowl.  

Marco Hinojosa is the audience and engagement editor and may be reached at [email protected] 

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Marco Hinojosa
Marco Hinojosa, Audience and Engagement
Marco Hinojosa is the audience and engagement editor for The Prospector. He is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring multimedia journalism with a minor in criminal justice. He plans to broaden his horizons as a journalist and work for a major broadcast company.
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