There is concern internally that coach Jason Garrett and his entire coaching staff will be fired unless the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East and reach the playoffs, a team source said.
Dallas will need to prevail against the Philadelphia Eagles in a winner-take-all season finale in Week 17. Garrett's Cowboys have lost winner-take-all games in the last week to end the past two seasons -- against the New York Giants in 2011 and Redskins in 2012.
The Cowboys rallied to beat the Washington Redskins 24-23 on Sunday to improve their record to 8-7 this season.
Despite lingering tension between Garrett and Tony Romo after the coach singled out the quarterback for wrongly changing a run call into a pass before last week's game-turning interception against the Green Bay Packers, where the Cowboys lost despite leading 26-3 at halftime, Romo has tried to send a message of encouragement to teammates, sources say.
If the Cowboys protect the football and put up points as they have been, Romo told them, then they can be a team that has a chance.
"We have to stand up and stay together," tight end Jason Witten said.
Romo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on fourth down with 1:08 remaining Sunday to lift the Cowboys past the Redskins.