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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

If there is a positive to facing a 9-5 Texans team this coming week, it's that they've struggled at times with their secondary and against the run since JJ Watt went down.

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Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite the 17-10 loss, the Steelers still hold the final AFC Wildcard spot. They win out or match the Titans' record in the last two games, and they're in. "We control it," Ramon Foster said. "We can't go dig a hole for ourselves and think it's over with. We've got to be a team that's moving forward still. We'll learn from this. Coach T will get us in the right position, right mindset also."

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Sunday night game's result was huge for the Titans. Tennessee had a 32% chance to reach the playoffs entering the Bills-Steelers game, but now has a 50% chance after the Bills won, per FPI.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Breshad Perriman said it made it "that much better" that he could catch three touchdowns in the same city his father Brett became such an adored and respected member of the Lions. "I got a lot of love for my pops and the legacy he has here," he said.

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Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Rams TE Tyler Higbee caught 12 passes for 111 yards in a 44-21 loss to the Cowboys. Higbee has 334 receiving yards over the last three games, which accounts for more yards than he had in each of the last two season (295 yards in 2017 and 292 yards in 2018).

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Todd Gurley, on the Cowboys stopping the run, "I'm not really sure what they did, but they did a damn good job."

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Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Sean McVay, on how the Rams will remain motivated for remainder of season, if playoffs are out of reach: "It's all about character. Whether we have a chance to get in or not, or what kind of things have to occur, I think you've got a lot of prideful guys in that locker room."

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

The Rams entered Sunday with a 25.2% chance of making the playoffs, but after a loss to the Cowboys, those chances have dropped to 5.1% per ESPN's Football Power Index. "We went out there and played horrible," DT Aaron Donald said. "When you play horrible, you get beat, you get beat pretty bad and we got embarrassed today."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebackers Joe Thomas (knee) and Luke Gifford (fractured forearm), creating a depth issue at linebacker with two games to go. Jason Garrett was optimistic Thomas might be able to return, but with Sean Lee battling pectoral and tight injuries and Leighton Vander Esch missing the last four games with a neck injury, the Cowboys are thin at linebacker. Justin March saw his first extended snaps on defense and Chris Covington, called up from the practice squad Saturday, also saw playing time.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

So about that opening coin toss? Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron stepped in to clear up the confusion after Dak Prescott said the Cowboys wanted to kick and added defer later, allowing the Cowboys the chance to get the ball to open the second half. “Definitely a weird start. We wanted to set adversity there instead of on the field so we could play from behind immediately,” Prescott said. “Just bad use of words by me … Just wasn't the cleanest coin flip I've been a part of.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Where was this version of the Cowboys for most of the season? Jerry Jones didn't want to go there after Sunday's 44-21 win against the Rams. “I just know that I'm buoyed by the fact that they're going to get this shot of inspiration, shot of confidence in what their hard work can do when it pays off,” Jones said. “I think everybody has soul-searched, as you should be. You saw a lot of pride out there tonight. Hopefully we'll see that as we go forward into our really second season here.”

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

With 19 fantasy points today, the Patriots D/ST now has 217 for the season. They're the first team D/ST to reach the 200-point plateau since the 2017 Jaguars (208), and their current total is already the most that any D/ST has had in a season since 2006 (Ravens 242, Bears 231).

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers clinched a playoff berth and still control their playoff positioning but they can't afford any more letdowns. The Niners learned the hard way Sunday how difficult it is to turn it back on after an emotional, playoff-type win in New Orleans, dropping a stunning 29-22 decision to the lowly Atlanta Falcons. If the Niners win their final two against the Rams and Seahawks, they still can win the NFC West division and clinch the NFC's No. 1 seed but they now have zero margin for error.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Most PPR fantasy points by a rookie running back this season: Josh Jacobs, 191.6 Miles Sanders, 184.0 David Montgomery, 146.2 Devin Singletary, 133.2 Tony Pollard, 83.7

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Where were you when the 2019 Packers clinched a playoff spot? Most of them were probably at home or out and about as the Cowboys' win over the Rams meant Green Bay is back in the playoffs.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Kyle Shanahan elected to attempt a field goal from the Falcons' 25-yard line on 4th-and-1 when up two points with 1:52 left. According to ESPN's win probability model, that decision cost the 49ers 1.8 percentage points in win probability. San Francisco would have needed a 59% chance of converting to justify going for it and the league average conversion rate in that situation is 65%.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

With the Rams' loss in Dallas, the Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth and are back atop the NFC West standings with the 49ers' loss to Atlanta. There's still a strong chance the regular-season finale against the 49ers determines the division winner and thus whether the Seahawks get one of the top two seeds or a wild-card berth. Either way, it'll be their eighth playoff appearance in 10 seasons under Pete Carroll. The franchise made the playoffs only 10 times in 34 seasons before he arrived.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After allowing a franchise-high 273 yards rushing to the Rams last January in the playoff loss, the Cowboys complete shut down the Rams on the ground Sunday. They allowed just 22 yards on 14 carries Sunday. Just a dramatic turnaround.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With their 44-21 win against the Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot next week. If they beat the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, they will make the Week 17 meeting against Washington meaningless and qualify for the postseason for the third time in Dak Prescott's four seasons as the starting quarterback and the fourth time in the last six seasons.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second time this season, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard have more than 100 yards in the same game. Elliott has 117 yards and two touchdowns. Pollard has 131 yards after his 44-yard touchdown run. They accomplished the feat in the Week 3 win against Miami. It's the first time in team history the Cowboys have had two games with running backs going for more than 100 yards in the same season.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With such a big lead the Cowboys have been able to rest regulars on defense, like Sean Lee, Jeff Heath, Antwaun Woods and DeMarcus Lawrence, who have battled assorted injuries throughout the season. Perhaps a good sign going forward for the final two games.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After seeing Buffalo and Chicago score 25 and 24 unanswered points against them in back-to-back losses, the Cowboys scored 30 unanswered points against the Rams before Todd Gurley's touchdown with 3:17 to play.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals improved to 4-9-1 with a 38-24 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday behind one of the Cards' more impressive offensive efforts. With the exception of an interception, quarterback Kyler Murray played one of his best games, orchestrating an offense that looked efficient, quick and focused. While he made plays with his arm and legs, RB Kenyan Drake scored a career-high 4 touchdowns.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Kai Forbath has made field goals form 50, 42 and 42 yards and made all of his extra points. He hit his first kickoff out of bounds, but he gets a pass for bringing some consistency to the kicking game after Brett Maher missed 10 field goal tries in the first 13 games.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks will finish the regular season with a 7-1 road record, the best in franchise history. Pete Carroll called that accomplishment "something to be proud of." Sunday's win in Charlotte was their fifth of the season in the 10 a.m. Pacific time slot, which has historically been difficult for West Coast teams.

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