January 11, 2021

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By Al Ortiz

 With the Dallas Cowboys one win and a Washington loss away from joining the playoffs, neither of those things happened on Sunday. The Cowboys lost in a 23-19 squeaker against the New York Giants, losing all hope of reaching the postseason before the Washington Football Team/Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday night. The Cowboys had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter with a drive that stalled on a third and goal when Andy Dalton threw up an interception after being pressured by the New York pass rush. The game was also mired in controversy when Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy failed to challenge a play during the previous Giants possession that saw a New York receiver catch a ball that looked to be incomplete. McCarthy didn't throw the red flag, resulting in a Giants field goal to extend the lead. The Cowboys then needed a touchdown instead of a field goal to win the game. 

In the end, none of it mattered - as the Washington Football Team won a controversial game that saw Philadelphia tank by taking out starting QB Jalen Hurts only down by three. Some reporters speculated the Eagles tried to lose to bolster their draft position. 

The Houston Texans, meanwhile, ended the season in a fitting way, falling to the Tennessee Titans 41-38 after watching a Titans field goal hit the upright and bank through for a successful attempt. The Texans ended their campaign with a 4-12 record, and would have had the third pick in the draft. However, the Texans traded their 1st round pick in 2019 to the Dolphins for Left Tackle Laremy Tunsil. 

The Texas A&M Aggies made their case all season long to be included in the college football playoffs, and doubled down on it with a 41-27 victory over North Carolina in the Orange Bowl on Saturday. The Aggies were ranked 5th in the country, and were left out of the tournament before being awarded the Orange Bowl. 

Speaking of the college football playoffs, here are the scores that set up the college football championship game on January 11: The Ohio State Buckeyes walloped Clemson, 49 to 28, and Alabama took care of business against Notre Dame 31 to 14. Alabama and Ohio State face off for the whole shebang on the 11th at 7 p.m. on ESPN.