Romo, Cowboys top Redskins 24-23

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looks for an opening to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Tony Romo's fourth-down, game-winning pass to DeMarco Murray doesn't erase the December stigma.

Because it won't mean a thing unless the Dallas Cowboys can win one more.

The Cowboys (8-7) assured themselves of a winner-take-all matchup for the NFC East with a 24-23 victory Sunday over the Washington Redskins. Romo's clutch fourth-quarter passes were caught by his teammates and not opponents, ending a two-game skid as well as a four-game losing streak in the year's final month.

Now the Cowboys face a make-or-break, end-of-regular-season test for the third consecutive year. In 2011, they lost by 17 to the New York Giants. In 2012, they lost by 10 to the Redskins. Dallas finished 8-8 both times.

Next Sunday, they hope to avoid the dubious trifecta, playing the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) for the title. Unlike the last two, at least this one will be at home. (AP)

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