TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes for a second touchdown in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 17, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Cowboys Stay In Playoff Race With 31-15 Win Over Bucs

Dallas needed a win to put the pressure on the Giants and got it on Saturday night, putting away the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-15. For more on this game, check out Cowboys blog Blogging The Boys and Bucs blog Bucs Nation.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Eagles Still In NFC East Race, Somehow

The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-8. And they could still win the NFC East.

The Eagles are locked in their Week 15 tussle with the New York Jets right now, but they got a boost in the early afternoon window, when the New York Giants fell to the Washington Redskins to drop to 7-7 on the year. That makes the unlikely scenario that could still get the Eagles into the 2011 NFL playoffs — and playing at home, no less — an iota more possible.

For the Eagles to make the playoffs, they need to win the NFC East; for the Eagles to win the NFC East, they need to finish tied with the Giants and Dallas Cowboys at 8-8. In that scenario, the Eagles would win the division based on a better divisional record.

And getting every team to 8-8 might not be as outlandish as it seems on its face: the Eagles play the Cowboys in Week 16, and the Giants play Dallas in Week 17, meaning that Philadelphia could set up a scenario in which a 7-8 Giants squad could play Dallas in the final game of the regular season ... and send the Eagles to the playoffs with a win.

Philly may not be the "dream team" that Vince Young infamously wondered aloud about, but they've certainly got a lot more sand in the hourglass than most 5-8 squads.

For more on the 2011 NFL playoffs, visit SB Nation NFL.

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Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers Final Score: Dallas Puts Tampa Away Early, 31-15

The Dallas Cowboys entered the night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a near "must win" situation to get into the playoffs. Dallas lived up to that, scoring 28 straight points against a reeling Buccaneers football team. Quarterback Tony Romo had an excellent night, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn't until the third quarter than the Bucs finally hit the score board, on a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

The Bucs offense struggled for the second week in a row as Tampa dropped their eighth game in a row. The Bucs only turned it over once, but quarterback Josh Freeman had just 148 passing yards as the Bucs offense was limited to just 190 yards of total offense. With the victory, the Dallas Cowboys currently sit atop the NFC East.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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Cowboys Vs. Bucs Score Update: Tony Romo Fumble Leads To Tampa Score

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trailed the Dallas Cowboys 28-0 coming out of the half. The Bucs were able to pin the Cowboys deep in their own territory, however. First round draft pick defensive end Adrian Clayborn on third down beat Doug Free off the edge, coming up and sacking Tony Romo, causing a fumble, and allowing the Bucs to recover for the score.

The Bucs were able to cut into the 28-0 lead with the sack/fumble touchdown. Linebacker Dakota Watson picked up the forced fumble and rumbled into the endzone for the score. Could this be the makings of another Dallas Cowboys and Jason Garrett collapse in the fourth quarter? It's been kind of a "thing" during his tenure as the head coach of the Cowboys.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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PHOTO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Breaks Out The Paper Bag

It was only a matter of time before this happened and we're surprised it took this long. At least one Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan has broken out the sad paper bag!

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It's the waving Cowboys fan in the background that makes this photo go, though.

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Cowboys Vs. Bucs Halftime Score: Tony Romo Collecting All Of The Fantasy Points

It's halftime in Tampa Bay and we may as well put this one to bed. After 30 minutes of fury, the Dallas Cowboys lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-0. Tony Romo has put up enough fantasy points to make his owners happy, and that's really the only important thing about this game right now.

Romo threw three touchdown passes in the first half, hitting three different receivers. Miles Austin scored first, followed by Dez Bryant and, finally, Laurent Robinson. Each touchdown pass came from inside the 10, capping impressive drives by Romo and the Cowboys.

Romo finished the half with a rushing touchdown, sneaking into the end zone from a yard off. Romo finished the half with 189 yards and three touchdowns through the air to go along with his one rushing touchdown.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers Score Update: Tony Romo, Laurent Robinson Connect For Touchdown

The Dallas Cowboys' offense is humming along now, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are powerless to stop it. With just under five minutes to go in the second quarter, Dallas is on top 21-0, having scored on three of its first four possessions. And all three touchdowns have come by way of the pass, with Tony Romo hitting three different receivers.

This touchdown was setup on the ground as Felix Jones ripped off a 38-yard run to move the Cowboys into Tampa Bay territory.

After driving down inside the Bucs' 10-yard-line, Romo capped the drive with a touchdown, finding Laurent Robinson for the score. Romo and the Cowboys have followed the same script for all three touchdowns, driving inside the 10, then hitting a receiver -- first Miles Austin, then Dez Bryant and now Robinson -- for the score.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers Score: Dez Bryant Puts Dallas On Top 14-0

Things aren't going so well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys, however, are doing just what they need to in an effort to stay in the NFL playoff race after two-straight losses in heart-breaking fashion. The Cowboys need a win on Saturday to put some kind of pressure on the New York Giants, and are well on their way.

The Cowboys scored on each of their first two drives, heading into the second quarter with a 14-0 lead. Tony Romo scrambled around and found Miles Austin to put the Cowboys on top 7-0, then led Dallas down the field and into the red zone on the team's second possession.

From inside the 10, Romo hit Dez Bryant, who found himself wide open in the back of the end zone, for the touchdown, and the Cowboys took a two touchdown lead.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers Score: Miles Austin Touchdown Gives Dallas 7-0 Lead

Everything seemed to be going well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they drove towards Dallas Cowboys territory on their first possession of the game. Quarterback Josh Freeman ripped off a nice run and the Bucs were in business, looking to strike first on Saturday Night Football.

But it all came quickly undone as Freeman put the ball on the turf. The Cowboys recovered the loose ball, ending the Bucs first drive.

Dallas drove inside the Tampa Bay 10 on the ensuing possession, setting up one of the more interesting touchdowns you'll see. Tony Romo did his best Tebow on third and goal, spinning around, running into a lineman, and finally finding Miles Austin for the touchdown.

The play was reviewed, and it remains difficult to tell whether Austin established and maintained possession through the catch.

With the play upheld, Dallas took an early 7-0 lead on Saturday Night Football, live on NFL Network.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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Laurent Robinson Status Update: Cowboys WR Will Play, Be Used As Third WR

Despite being listed as questionable for Saturday night's matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson says he will be on the field. Robinson suffered a shoulder injury and had been limited in practice, making him somewhat of a game-time decision.

With the game just over an hour away, Robinson told ESPN he will play, but will work more as a third wide receiver going forward.

Dallas WR Laurent Robinson told ESPN's Bob Holtzman he is playing tonight vs. TB. Robinson added his role now is only mostly in 3 wides.

Robinson may see his targets decrease with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin both healthy and in the lineup, but he's continued to make an impact on the field in recent weeks. For the season, Robinson is the team's second-leading receiver with 763 yards on 46 catches. His eight touchdown catches are also tied for the team lead with Bryant.

For more on the Cowboys head over to Blogging The Boys. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 15 at SB Nation NFL.

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Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

A reeling Dallas Cowboys club will meet a reeling Tampa Bay Buccaneers club Saturday as both teams attempt late season kickstarts to the year. The Bucs will need to take care of the football better after committing seven turnovers last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Laurent Robinson Expected To Play Vs Buccaneers

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson is listed as "Questionable" for Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a right shoulder injury that limited during this week's practices.

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Robinson is expected to play, but will be wearing some extra padding under his jersey to protect his right shoulder.

Robinson is having a breakout season with the Cowboys after failing to live up to expectations with the Atlanta Falcons, who used a 2007 third-round pick on the former Illinois State standout, and the St. Louis Rams, who acquired him from the Falcons in 2009. Robinson went to training camp in 2011 with the San Diego Chargers, but could not crack their 53-man roster.

Picked up by the Cowboys in September, Robinson ranks third on the team with 46 receptions, second with 763 receiving yards and is tied with 2010 first-round pick Dez Bryant for the team lead with eight receiving touchdowns.

For more on the Cowboys, be sure to visit Blogging The Boys.

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NFL Picks And Predictions Week 15: Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers

The Cowboys are big favorites against the Bucs this weekend and the experts are going all-in on Dallas.

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NFL Odds And Lines Week 15: Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers

The Dallas Cowboys are experiencing yet another December downturn, but their problems pale in comparison to those of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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