CHICAGO -- The playoff scenarios aren't very complicated, as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned.
"We've got to win out," quarterback Tony Romo told ESPNDallas.com after Monday night's 45-28 loss to the Chicago Bears. We did that, so it's going right back into it."
The 7-6 Cowboys, who missed the playoffs the last two seasons after losing regular-season finales that were de facto NFC East title games, dropped a game behind the 8-5 Philadelphia Eagles in the division standings. However, the only way the Cowboys are guaranteed to end a three-year postseason drought is to win its final three games.
"We've got to win them all at this point," cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. Philadelphia faces the 3-9-1 Minnesota Vikings on the road and the 7-6 Bears at home before finishing the regular season against the Cowboys.
The Cowboys play the 6-6-1 Green Bay Packers at home and the 3-10 Washington Redskins on the road before hosting the Eagles.
A wild-card berth is not a realistic scenario for the Cowboys. Those spots are currently held by the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, a pair of teams with 9-4 records.
"If we can't lose a division game, we can't have another loss that Green Bay would give us, then it looks like we've got to just carry it on out," owner/general manager Jerry Jones said, referring to winning the final three games of the regular season. I can almost say it's understandable, but that doesn't make it acceptable."