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Cowboys buy into Phillips' approach

Players respond to coach's message with 17-0 shutout of Redskins, playoff berth

Updated: December 28, 2009, 2:07 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

LANDOVER, Md. -- Sunday morning at the team hotel, Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had a simple message for his team:

"You're playing for the world championship today, men," Phillips told his players. "I hope you know that. I know that."

With that, Phillips walked out of the meeting.

His players responded Sunday night by knocking off the inept Washington Redskins 17-0 at FedEx Field.

"He just had his points that he wanted to make," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry ...

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