At one point, the NFC East was faced with having an 8-8 or less team as division champs. The Philadelphia Eagles took care of that by winning seven of their last eight games to finish at 10-6, winning the NFC East after finishing 4-12 in 2012.
Philadelphia topped the Cowboys in Dallas Sunday night, 24-22, in a “win and you’re in” game. They will host the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round Saturday night.
The Cowboys’ season-ending loss to the Eagles was a bitter pill for owner Jerry Jones, who said again last night that Jason Garrett would be his head coach in 2014. From Rotoworld:
“It was originally thought that Garrett had to make the playoffs to save his job, but Tony Romo’s absence in the NFC East title game may have changed things. “I stand by what I said a month ago,” Jones said Sunday night, referencing his previous firm comments that Garrett would be back. However, Jones would not comment on the status of other coaches such as defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, whose unit allowed the third most yards in the history of the NFL this season. Meanwhile, Garrett has gone 8-8 in each of his three full seasons as head coach, losing a playoff spot in Week 17 each year.”
As expected, the Redskins announced they have fired EVP/head coach Mike Shanahan this morning.
“You always want to compete and you’re disappointed when you lose. It’s not a fun profession when you lose,” Shanahan said after the Redskins’ loss in New York Sunday. “To be in this situation is something I haven’t experienced before, so very disappointed.”
Owner Dan Snyder statement: “Redskins fans deserve a better result. We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”