NFL draft preview: Dallas Cowboys win NFC East title for first time since 2009

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Cowboys won their first championship since 2009.

But it took another decade for them to find the right way to celebrate the team’s first championship in nearly a century.

The Cowboys took advantage of a late bye week to get in position to clinch a playoff spot.

That was enough to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game Sunday night, which the Cowboys needed for the playoffs.

Dallas’ win gives them a 2-0 lead in the wild-card race for a first-round bye and the first division title since 2009.

“I feel like this is going to be one of the most historic teams in NFL history,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

“It is just incredible.”

After the Cowboys’ bye week, the Giants fell behind 21-7 late in the fourth quarter, then rallied to win 24-21.

The Giants also clinched a playoff berth, but it didn’t take long for the NFL to begin scheduling playoff games.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played the final six minutes of the game, and the Patriots beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-16 in overtime.

The NFL’s playoff schedule starts with games against Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 16 and Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 3.

That game will be broadcast on ESPN2, with a broadcast delay of 10 minutes.

The schedule for next season includes six teams that had been out of the playoffs the previous season.

The Vikings, Cowboys and Giants all lost at least two games.