The Cowboys just gained some serious momentum Saturday.
Dallas got off to a rough start this season, but bounced back in a major way to win the NFC East. While America's Team won seven of its last 10 regular season games, many doubted they could have postseason success.
Nevertheless, they managed to beat Seattle 24-22, and here are three takeaways leading to the final result.
Third down struggles
Third down conversions matter. In games like this, they matter even more, as one failed conversion attempt could end a season. Neither Dallas nor Seattle were impressive when it came to this, but the Cowboys were a little better, converting four of their 11 attempts. The Seahawks only converted two of their 12 and it led to their downfall.
Pounding the rock
Dallas has proven to be close to unstoppable when Ezekiel Elliott gets more than 20 carries. He rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 26 rushes against the Seahawks. The Cowboys rested him in Week 17, and he looked fresh and energized for the entirety of the game. No Seattle player surpassed 30 rushing yards, making the offense stagnant at times.