Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are in the same situation they would have been if they had been able to complete their comeback against New Orleans.
With the New York Giants losing later Sunday, the Cowboys' 34-31 overtime loss didn't hurt their playoff chances.
"It is disappointing, but most anything that we were coming up with, we had to win the Washington game next weekend," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said minutes after his team lost.
Well, for the third time in five seasons, the Cowboys can get to the playoffs by winning their regular-season finale on the road against the NFC East rival -- this time at Washington in prime time. They lost such games at the Giants last New Year's night, and at Philadelphia in 2008.
Vikings stun Texans: Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the 2,000-yard mark, but helped Minnesota's postseason chances with a 23-6 upset of Houston. The Vikings (9-6) won their third straight and Green Bay next Sunday in the regular-season finale.
"We obviously have a big one next week, and if we don't win that one, this one doesn't mean anything," Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said.
Injuries: Texans running back Arian Foster left the loss to the Minnesota Vikings with an irregular heartbeat. "I'll be OK," Foster said. "It's a very minor situation, so I'll be OK."