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Giants stay alive; Eagles tied for first

The Giants kept their season alive tonight with a 31-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

New York's victory means the Eagles are tied with Dallas atop the NFC East at 8-4. The Giants are just one game behind at 7-5 and could make some serious noise with a win over the Birds at the Meadowlands Sunday night.

If you want to look at tiebreaks, the Giants get it over the Cowboys since they swept the division series.

The Cowboys have the edge over the Eagles, but they still have to play once. If they split, it goes to division record.

The Eagles have the edge over the Giants, but they also still have to play once more. Again, division record would decide it in the event of a split.

Normally we do this later in the week, but I wanted to get the information out there right away.

Here's how the division breaks down:

Dallas Cowboys (8-4)

Division record: 2-2
Remaining schedule: San Diego, at New Orleans, at Washington, Philadelphia.
Record of remaining opponents: 32-16
Home games remaining: 2
Road games remaining: 2
Division games remaining: 3 (at Washington, Philadelphia)

The struggles in December continue. The Cowboys went to the Meadowlands with control of the division and left with a loss. It gets no easier. Dallas' next two opponents - the Chargers and Saints - have a combined record of 21-3 this season, and we saw today that the Redskins are no gimme. Oh yeah, there's that matchup with the Eagles in Week 17 that just might be of importance.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)

Division record: 3-1
Remaining schedule: at Giants, San Francisco, Denver, at Dallas.
Record of remaining opponents: 28-20
Home games remaining: 2
Road games remaining: 2
Division games remaining: (at Giants, at Dallas)

This is going to get fun. A Sunday night matchup with the Giants. A home game against the 49ers. The return of Brian Dawkins. And a season finale in Dallas. Wow. The Eagles are tied for first place (tiebreaker aside) after their rout of the Falcons Sunday. They're in great shape for a playoff berth and control their own destiny in terms of the division. If I'm a PR person, now would probably be a good time to announce that we're extending the coach's contract.

New York Giants (7-5)

Division record: 3-1
Remaining schedule: Philadelphia, at Washington, Carolina, at Minnesota.
Record of remaining opponents: 26-22
Home games remaining: 2
Road games remaining: 2
Division games remaining: 2 (Philadelphia, at Washington)

I told you last week they're not done. The Giants kept their season alive with a win against Dallas. If they can do the same next week against the Eagles, and if the Cowboys fall to the Chargers, they'll find themselves tied for first place in the NFC East heading into the final three games. Based on opponents' winning percentage, the Giants have the easiest road ahead. If the Saints had lost today, the Vikings would have been more likely to play their regulars in that Week 17 game. We'll have to see how Minnesota's season plays out. There's a chance they're playing all backups in that one.