It's playoffs or bust for the Cowboys

Tony Romo

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was sidelined for most of Sunday's game with the Eagles after hurting his throwing hand.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on December 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 26 at 7:50 PM

IRVING — The biggest concern the Cowboys have this week is how quickly quarterback Tony Romo recovers from an injured right hand.

"I don't think it's that complicated," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. "Can you take a snap? Can you grip the ball? Can you throw? And what does the ball look like when you throw it? Can you hand off? Quarterbacks have had hand injuries in the past and really it's a functional-type thing. Can I take a snap? That's the first thing you have to evaluate, then how is he gripping it? How accurate is he when he's throwing it? Does everything have to be perfect for him to throw it well?"

Just as big a concern for the Cowboys is trying to figure out how to beat the Giants.

"When we talk about the most important game of the year, this is the most important game of the year, and I think the players are very much aware of that," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

The pressure is on for Dallas to do something they weren't able to do on December 11 when they were beaten by New York 37-34.

"'Pressure?' I don't know if I’m going to use that term. I'll use 'urgency,' though," said Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears.

"Anytime you play the Giants, it’s an important game," added Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. "When  you have a chance to win the NFC East, it’s a huge game."

The final game of the season was moved to Sunday night because it's the only game with a winner-take-all scenario. If Dallas wins, they are champions of the NFC East. If they lose, the Giants win the division and the Cowboys will miss the playoffs for the second straight year.

"We're still in it. You know its do-or-die," said Cowboys safety Abram Elam. "A Game Seven in basketball or baseball — win and we're in... lose and we go home."

"All aspects of the team offense, defense and special teams — we need that whole dollar," said Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler. "You can't buy a bag of chips without a dollar. If it costs a dollar and we come up with 75 cents, we're going to play with the whole dollar. That's a college metaphor for you."

The Cowboys have not had much success playing on Sunday night, and have lost six straight games. They're hoping that streak comes to an end this weekend.

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