Dallas Cowboys move into third seed, will face San Francisco 49ers in NFC wild card

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The Dallas Cowboys played to win Saturday for momentum and to put themselves in position to take advantage of an opportunity to move up in the playoff seeding if things fell their way on Sunday.

A record-setting night of points in a 51-26 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was rewarded on Sunday when losses by the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals vaulted the Cowboys from the fourth seed to the third seed in the NFC playoff standings.

The Cowboys (12-5) will now play the San Francisco 49ers (10-7) in the wild card round on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The 49ers clinched the NFC’s No. 6 seed with a 27-24 overtime victory against the Rams (12-5).

The Cowboys moved ahead of the Rams due to a superior conference record.

The Cardinals (11-6), who beat the Cowboys two weeks ago, lost to the Seattle Seahawks 38-30.

What it also means at the Cowboys would avoid going to Green Bay to face the top-seeded Packers (13-4) in the divisional around if they win the wild card game.

And could host the divisional round game if the second-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to the Eagles in the wild card round.