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Cowboys Finish Wild Regular SeasonBefore Wild-Card Playoff

The Dallas Cowboys knew they were headed to the playoffs going into their final regular season game Sunday against the lions. Still, they had a shot at the NFC East title.

After winning four in a row, the Cowboys had lost their last two of three games.

Sunday they continued to lose steam.

In the third quarter, Dallas trailed Detroit 20-14. Cowboys regained the lead when Terrence Newman returned a punt 56 yards for the score.

It was the first time since November 2001 the Cowboys returned a punt for a touchdown.

Lions regained the lead but Terrell Owens would score on a 56 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo, making it 31-30 Dallas.

But the Lions took the 36-31 lead when John Kitna hit Mike Williams for the score.

Cowboys tried to make something happen on their next possession but Tony Romo fumbled and the Lions recovered.

With 10 seconds to go, it was fourth and goal, Romo was stopped short by the goal line.

The Detroit Lions won 39-31, denying the boys any chance at the NFC East title. The Cowboys are now a wild card team.

Players and coaches worried about losing momentum heading into the tournament.

"I wanted so much for us to be finishing strong and going into the tournament with a good attitude and ready to go and you know," said head coach Bill Parcells. "Now, I think that's going to be difficult."

"Collectively as a team and as a defensive unit we know we need to play better, bottom line," Terrell Owens said. "We need to play better. If we are thinking about making a push at the Super Bowl, we need to play better."

In the NFC wild card game it will the Cowboys beginning the post season against the Seattle Seahawks. That game will be Saturday, January 6, at 7 p.m. in Seattle.
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