IRVING, Texas – No one will be in a big hurry to think to the future, as the Cowboys are set for their first playoff appearance in five years this week.
That said, the conclusion of the 2014 regular season means the Cowboys now know all 16 of their 2015 opponents.
With wins by both Seattle and Green Bay on Sunday, the schedule finalized. The Cowboys, as NFC East champions, will play the first-place finisher from both the NFC West and NFC North. The Seahawks will travel to AT&T Stadium for the first time since 2011. The Green Bay game will be a road trip to Lambeau Field – the Cowboys' first road trip to play the Packers since 2010.
Those two games go along with the 14 games that had been known in advance. Dallas will obviously play six games against its NFC East rivals – a home game and a road game against the trio of the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Washington.
The Cowboys will also play the entire NFC South and the entire AFC East. Among those eight games, they'll host Atlanta, Carolina, New England and the New York Jets. They will travel to play New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Miami and Buffalo.
The obvious headliner of the schedule is that All-Pro New England quarterback Tom Brady will play his first, and likely only, game at AT&T Stadium. The Patriots haven't played in Dallas since 2007, at the old Texas Stadium. The teams' only other meeting since then, in 2011, was at New England.
All in all, the Cowboys will play four 2014 playoff teams next year – Carolina, Green Bay, Seattle and New England.
The full NFL schedule for 2015, complete with dates and times, will be released in the spring.