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Eagles Fully Aware Of What's At Stake

It's simple. If the Eagles beat Dallas on Sunday, they not only win the NFC East title, but also earn the No. 2 seed for the postseason and a first-round bye.

"It's an exciting feeling and an awesome opportunity and I can't wait for the chance tomorrow," said fullback Leonard Weaver as the team arrived at its hotel on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles have won six straight to get to 11-4 and hold a one-game lead over the Cowboys. However, the Cowboys beat the Eagles in their November meeting so an Eagles loss would give the Cowboys the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Eagles have the league's second-longest current win streak at six games. Only San Diego has a longer streak with 10 straight wins. The Eagles' longest win streak to close out a season was eight in 1949.

Since 2006, the Eagles have the third-best record in December and January going 18-5 during that span. That includes the playoffs. The Eagles have also won six straight December meetings against the Cowboys.

Last year's December meeting was a win-or-go-home scenario. It's different this time around, but the difference between a bye week and a home playoff game vs. going on the road next week might make this game more important.

"We're not in a position like we were in last year," said defensive end Trent Cole. "If we go out here and win this game, we get the bye week. I think that's something we need. We've had a long year. It's going to be great to have that bye week, but first we have to go out there and win."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:40 p.m., January 2

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