The Dallas Cowboys will play their wild-card game on Monday Night football.
Having to go up against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be an easy task.
But, they are the first team that stands in the way.
Even without playing the Cowboys’ playoff path became much clearer on Sunday afternoon.
With a win on Monday Night, the Cowboys will travel to the San Francisco 49ers.
In what would be a rematch of the wild-card round from last season.
Due to the New York Giants win, the Cowboys will not face the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round as many predicted.
If the Cowboys do win in round one, that means three of the final four teams left in the NFC will be from the NFC East.
Before the season, most people would have never believed three NFC East could still be alive in the divisional round.
The road is defined. How the Cowboys can reach Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. It starts with beating Tom Brady on Monday evening.
Win at Buccaneers
Win at 49ers
Win at Eagles or vs. Giants
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) January 16, 2023
On Monday, the Cowboys are looking to advance to the divisional round for the first time since 2018.
Despite being the favorite, the Cowboys are coming off their worst game of the season in Week 18.
Also, there could be long-term implications in Dallas if they are unable to win this game.
Like, would head coach Mike McCarthy’s job be in jeopardy or not?
If the Cowboys can get past the Bucs and 49ers, that would set them up for an NFC East battle in the NFC championship game.
Even though their path is clear, none of it will matter if Dallas can not beat the Buccaneers.