Christmas came early for the Dallas Cowboys with an upset win by the Philadelphia Eagles over the New York Giants. The win by Philly gives the Cowboys home field advantage throughout the playoffs while ensuring that the team will play all of their games this post season in the state of Texas.
With Super Bowl LI set for February 5th at NRG Stadium, the Cowboys will only need to travel as far as Houston to complete their question for a record-tying 6th Super Bowl victory.
The team has had mixed results when clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs, winning three titles in the five years they owned that distinction. 2007 was the last time the Cowboys clinched home field, only to lose in the division round after resting starters in their final two games of the regular season.
Which begs the question, will Jason Garrett opt to rest his starters against the Lions on Monday Night Football in an otherwise meaningless game for Dallas? Recent history tells us it is a bad move, but it may behoove Garrett to rest some of his players, including rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott who has been asked to carry a significant load of the carries this year.