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The New York Giants look to break a seven-game losing streak to the Dallas Cowboys when the NFC East rivals meet Sunday at MetLife Stadium for the 2020 regular-season finale. The Giants, who lost the first leg of the season series on a last-second field goal in Dallas, trail the all-time series, 45-69-2, in the regular season. The Giants won the only postseason meeting between the longtime foes, a 21-17 victory in the Divisional Round en route to Super Bowl XLII.


After winning four in a row, the Giants (5-1) find themselves on a three-game losing streak. Their most recent outing was a 27-13 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Dallas, meanwhile, is trending in the upward direction. The Cowboys (6-9) have won their past three games, most recently a 37-17 victory over the Eagles. Dallas has outscored its opponents 108-57 during the streak.


The chance for a division title is on the line when the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys in the regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium.

Big Blue can clinch its first NFC East championship since 2011 with a win over Dallas (1 p.m. ET kickoff) and a Washington loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night. With the Eagles already eliminated, the NFC East will continue its streak of producing no repeat champions since Philadelphia won four in a row from 2001-04.

Here is a look at who has clinched in the NFC and what's still at stake in the NFC East:


  • Green Bay Packers – NFC North title
  • New Orleans Saints – NFC South title
  • Seattle Seahawks – NFC West title
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – playoff berth

NEW YORK GIANTS (5-10) (vs. Dallas (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

New York clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. NYG win + WAS loss

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-9) (at Philadelphia (4-10-1), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. WAS win OR
  2. WAS tie + DAL loss or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-9) (at N.Y. Giants (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win + WAS loss or tie OR
  2. DAL tie + WAS loss


For the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 12 and then hurting his ankle in Week 14, quarterback Daniel Jones practiced fully heading into the season finale. But will he be full-go after having only one rushing attempt in Week 16?

"I feel good, I feel healthy," Jones said. "But I think you can tell from the tape that I'm not… I can't do a lot of the same things I'm used to doing. I'll continue to work and work to improve. But for the time being, I'll probably have to adjust the way I play. I've been doing that the last few weeks."


New York Giants

  • Out: FB Eli Penny (illness)
  • Doubtful: WR Golden Tate (calf)
  • Questionable: LB Cam Brown (illness)

Dallas Cowboys

  • Out: CB Rashard Robinson (knee), LB Leighton Vander Esch (ankle)
  • Questionable: S Darian Thompson (concussion), S Xavier Woods (rib)


The Giants scored a season-high 34 points in their Week 5 meeting with the Cowboys. The bad news is they also allowed a season-high 37 points in the loss.


The Cowboys have been forced to start four different quarterbacks this season, stemming from the season-ending injury Dak Prescott suffered in the first meeting with the Giants. Andy Dalton has started eight games this season, including the past three in which he has a 117.0 passer rating with seven touchdowns to just one interception. The Cowboys have averaged 36 points in that span as Ezekiel Elliott closes in on his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.


A division title would be the Giants' first since 2011 and their first postseason berth since 2016. The Giants would be the first team in history to make the playoffs after starting a season 0-5. If the NFC East is won by the Giants, their six victories would be the fewest for a division champion, a distinction currently held by the 2010 Seattle Seahawks, who won the NFC West at 7-9.


The Giants' defense did not register a sack last week in Baltimore, ending the team's streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one. The Giants last had no sacks vs. Green Bay on Dec. 1, 2019. They have 34 sacks this season, two less than their total for the entire 2019 season. Conversely, the Giants allowed six sacks to the Ravens. They allowed a season-high eight in Week 14 to the Cardinals.


Graham Gano has succeeded on 29 consecutive attempts, a streak that is both a career best and ties the Giants' record. Gano's previous personal best was 28 in a row with Carolina spanning the 2017-18 seasons. He needs one more to break the franchise record.

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