Cowboys playoff picture: Breaking down Dallas' seeding scenarios in 2022 NFL bracket

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How 'bout them playoffs?

The Cowboys are backmost successful the playoffs aft 2 seasons retired of the dance, and successful a top-heavy NFC, their seeding concern is not yet set. The cardinal to Dallas' play is what happens successful the 49ers and Rams matchup (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET). 

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Most likely, the Cowboys are going to beryllium locked into the No. 4 effect erstwhile the particulate settles, but determination are inactive options for the Cowboys to determination up from determination if things interruption their way. First and foremost, they request to down the Eagles connected Saturday night.

Here's however the Cowboys tin inactive drawback the No. 2 seed, and different playoff scenarios:

How the Cowboys tin clinch the No. 2 effect successful NFC

Outside of the No. 1 seed, the Cowboys tin inactive extremity up with the second-best effect successful the conference. They'll request immoderate help:

The Cowboys tin clinch the No. 2 effect with:

  • A triumph implicit Eagles AND losses by the Rams (vs. 49ers), Cardinals (vs. Seahawks) and Buccaneers (vs. Panthers). 

The cardinal to the play is the Rams losing to the 49ers, thing that whitethorn happen: The 49ers haven't mislaid to the Rams since 2018. The rest, though, whitethorn beryllium somewhat unlikely.

How the Cowboys tin clinch the No. 3 effect successful the NFC

There's inactive an accidental for the Cowboys to determination up from the No. 4 effect to the No. 3 seed, arsenic well. Here's how:

  • A triumph implicit the Eagles AND wins by the Buccaneers (vs. Panthers), 49ers (vs. Rams) and Seahawks (vs. Cardinals).

That would enactment the 49ers successful the No. 6 effect and they would look the Cowboys successful Round 1.

Potential Cowboys playoff matchups

Most likely, the Cowboys are going to beryllium locked into the No. 4 seed.

Even if the Cowboys win, if the Rams dispatch the 49ers, past the Rams volition ain the 2nd effect and the Cowboys volition beryllium locked into No. 4, careless of different crippled outcomes. 

Depending connected however the seeding works out, here's who the Cowboys whitethorn play successful the wild-card round, if they bushed the Eagles connected Saturday night:

  • If the Rams bushed the 49ers, the Cowboys are locked into the No. 4 effect and volition play the Cardinals successful Dallas.
  • If the 49ers, Cardinals and Buccaneers win, the Cowboys are the No. 4 effect and volition look the Rams successful the wild-card round.
  • If the 49ers, Seahawks and Buccaneers win, the Cowboys aree the No. 3 effect and volition look the 49ers successful the wild-card round.
  • If the 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers win, the Cowboys are the No. 2 effect and volition look the Eagles successful the wild-card round.

Most likely, it sounds similar the Cardinals and Cowboys volition apt look disconnected successful a playoff rematch pursuing their Week 17 matchup.

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