Green Bay Packers to Face Dallas Cowboys in Divisional Round of Playoffs

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 24-20 in the wildcard round of the playoffs.

By virtue of the Dallas Cowboys' come-from-behind 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions in the wildcard round of the playoffs, the Cowboys will travel to Lambeau Field for the divisional round as the highest-seeded winner in the NFC.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

January 04, 2015 at 08:11 pm

Opened as 7 point favorites. I don't think Dallas can keep up... if Rodgers is Rodgers. Heal quick, MVP.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 06:18 am

that is the key to the game. Rodgers health.
If he can be effective and play close to his normal self, they will be tough to beat. If he is hobbled and can't move then this is going to be a very, very tough game.

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Tarynfor12's picture

January 04, 2015 at 08:33 pm

Over/under on flags picked up for Cowboys benefit...2.5

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 04, 2015 at 08:50 pm

Lol,aye...Jerry's pockets run deep. This is scary.

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Nick Perry's picture

January 05, 2015 at 05:54 am

It is scary, the number of times I saw Tyrone Smith hold and not get called was unreal. The NFL wants the Cowboys to continue in the playoffs, that PI call makes it obvious.

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rjwh23's picture

January 04, 2015 at 08:36 pm

Looks like the NFL wants Dallas in the Super Bowl based on today's officiating. The Packers are a better team but I would not vote against the league's desired outcome.

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murphy's picture

January 05, 2015 at 01:40 pm

The NFL caused Stafford to fumble twice on the last drive, caused Caldwell to pretend to go for it on 4th and 1 and not take a timeout to avoid a delay-of-game, caused a punt instead of going for it on 4th and 6, caused a 10-yard punt, caused numerous stalled drives, caused the Lions' defense to give up a long TD, etc.

Take off the tinfoil hat. The call was a judgement call and poorly handled by officials who don't have the benefit of replay on penalties. In my opinion, it was a procedural error by Morelli. If Morelli confirms the call with his crew before rushing to make an announcement, no one but Lions fans would be talking about this today.

My question is, why did Morelli make the announcement without confirming with his officials first ? Isn't that why they have those sweet headsets, so they can quickly hash out things like this without having to huddle up for 2 minutes?

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zoellner25's picture

January 04, 2015 at 08:43 pm

At least we don't have to hear Suh's name 5 million times his week. Nice knowing you.....

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phillythedane's picture

January 04, 2015 at 09:00 pm

karma

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Andrija Divac's picture

January 04, 2015 at 08:45 pm

I swear I keep hearing we cant stop their rushing attack. How are they going to stop OUR rush, or our pass. I just don't see it happening

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Bearmeat's picture

January 04, 2015 at 09:19 pm

First off, Detroit got jobbed.

Second, Murray's last impressive game was against Arizona on 11/2. He's worn out. Their OL is NOT as good as ours, and our pass D is plenty good enough to contain Dez and the bag of balls they have for other options.

Third, their D has NO chance to contain our passing O (or our rushing O).

Fourth, Romo was sacked 6 times and hit 10 times by DET today. We'll get ahead, get them passing, and hit the hell out of Tony. Turnover machine.

While Carolina would have been easier, this game isn't going to be close folks. I'm not worried.

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murphy's picture

January 04, 2015 at 09:41 pm

"First off, Detroit got jobbed."

Pete Morelli's feet were numb, plus he was pushed by an offensive player! Do you think he has eyes in the back of his head? He was just trying to regain his balance.

/Karma

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 05, 2015 at 12:24 pm

There is a petition to Investigate the NFL's crooked officiating in the Lions Cowboys game in case anyone is interested.

I signed it because it calls for a publicly viewable grading system for NFL officials.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-nfl-crooked-offici...

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Bearmeat's picture

January 04, 2015 at 10:26 pm

True Stroh - and this is where we find out if CM3 moving inside and the progression on Burnett and HHCD in the box really has made a huge difference. Their OL against our front 8 (which is what it will be) is their ONLY advantage in the game.

But even if Murray goes wild (which he hasn't in 2 months against even mediocre defenses), can he play keep away enough to stop ARod throwing for 3 bills and 4 TDs? I don't think so. That secondary is B.A.D.

I was talking to some Seahawks friends today and I found this a bit interesting: http://thepowerrank.com/2014/01/10/which-nfl-teams-make-and-win-in-the-p...

Makes me feel really good about GBs chances against anyone.

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4thand1's picture

January 04, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Interesting. GB can do both. Maybe its why no one drafts running backs anymore in the 1st round like in the good ol days. We've all heard it a million times...........its a passing league.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 05, 2015 at 03:05 am

It's gonna be a past tense league if an investigation into the shenanigans of that officiating team occurs.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 05, 2015 at 09:59 am

Stroh,

First off, I should know better than to engage you. You just turn into a jerk.

Second, if you look again at the chart it shows a high correlation from pass O and pass D efficiency to wins. I'm not saying running the ball and stopping the run isn't important. It's just not AS important as passer rating and passer rating differential.

That points to GB having a GREAT shot at winning it all - and that this Sunday distinctly favors GB.

OK. Done talking to you for another 3 months.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 06:25 am

'While Carolina would have been easier, this game isn't going to be close folks.'

I don't necessarily think Carolina would have been the easier game. Carolina has been playing like a different team the last 3-4 games. They are much improved from the team we beat earlier this year.
I really think Carolina has a shot at going into Seattle and beating them.

I am not saying Carolina will win, I just think they can win.

The only thing I'm worried about is Rodgers calf. That is the only thing that worries me.

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Evan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 08:58 am

"Carolina has been playing like a different team the last 3-4 games."

Vs. Falcons, Browns, Bucs and Saints.

Just sayin'

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 05, 2015 at 09:46 am

Lol!

Hey,man. Any given Sunday.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 10:41 am

And basically a Quarterbackless Arizona team.

I definitely take that into consideration.

I just think that the Panthers have the type of team that could give Seattle a bit of trouble.
I'm not picking Panthers to go to the Super Bowl, just saying I can see them having a chance in this game.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 03:59 pm

I felt that way until I watched them play this weekend. Cam has no receivers at all, and he isn't very accurate. That offense could struggle seriously to score any points.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:18 am

Agreed, Cam Newton appears to have a different demeanor since his brush with death.

Of the wildcard round teams I think the Panthers match up the best against the Seahawks.

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4thand1's picture

January 04, 2015 at 09:24 pm

boo hoo hoo, Suh was crying at a press con. after the game. Does anyone feel sorry for him?

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aj's picture

January 04, 2015 at 09:41 pm

Nobody feels sorry for him, but that was ridiculous. I was obviously impartial to who won, but I want at the very least a fairly officiated game.

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4thand1's picture

January 04, 2015 at 10:06 pm

The lolions should have gone for it on 4th down. They had like less than a yard maybe? Then the shanked punt.............karma.

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4thand1's picture

January 04, 2015 at 11:18 pm

He'll leave Detroit in the next day or 2, never to return, except playing for another team. Hope he stomps on a lolion's player.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:19 am

That would be awesome!

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Nick Perry's picture

January 05, 2015 at 06:01 am

Are you serious? Crying?? LMAO, maybe he's trying to show teams he has a sensitive side and not just a Psycho.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:24 am

It's called Malignant Narcissism.

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Nick Perry's picture

January 05, 2015 at 06:03 am

Karma is a alive and well in Detroit.

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Mojo's picture

January 04, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Simply put; if ARods calf holds up the Packers win. Then off to Seattle.

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S-Mahn's picture

January 05, 2015 at 12:24 am

Feelin' really good about a bye, and hosting that 'Boys team we saw today , at Lambeau. I'm looking for a similar game plan as with NE or Det... Running duo sets up killer Air Rodgers attack. Dee will dominate.
#IceBowl2

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Tundraboy's picture

January 05, 2015 at 05:28 pm

That is what I hope to see. And really open it up and jump on them after we build a lead. I think MM is not going to hold back this game at all. Winning from the start would go a long way in taking away some of the bitterness in my mouth of playing them in Dallas before.

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Vrog's picture

January 05, 2015 at 02:28 am

That calf muscle worries me

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TommyG's picture

January 07, 2015 at 01:02 pm

I saw an article today in which AR was quoted as saying he isn't personally worried about. He seems fairly honest about himself so I will go ahead and R-E-L-A-X about it.

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egbertsouse's picture

January 05, 2015 at 07:12 am

The key to the game is Murphy opening the wallet and bribing the refs more than Jerry Jones. That will be impossible because JJ obviously owns whore Goodell.

All those refs from yesterday's game should be suspended. If they're not, we know the fix is in. Goodell is making sure that Dallas is in the Super bowl.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:29 am

Just be glad it happened in the wildcard round. If the NFL pulls that shit two weeks in a row it they can't claim it's just some kind of fluke or aberration.

BTW - does anyone know if the NFL recomposes each Officiating Crew every round. Or, do they make them up of the highest graded officials to start the playoffs and keep them together for the whole tournament?

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 05, 2015 at 08:10 am

I just hope our ugly tackling efforts don't pop up in a game like this against a RB like Murray. I shiver picturing Murray running up against any of our CBs/Safeties.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 04:00 pm

Or the whole "we just can't keep their star receiver under 250 yards" thing.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 05, 2015 at 07:06 pm

Well,that usually comes with a Win for us. The horrible tackling doesn't. I might be able to deal with Dez ballin' out. I'd rather Dez going off than Murray

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S-Mahn's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Expect lots of blitz packages under the tree for Tony to open

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Allan Murphy's picture

January 05, 2015 at 09:21 am

Fear the beard lol.

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Spud Rapids's picture

January 05, 2015 at 10:15 am

Does anyone else think the cold weather will be a large advantage for the Packers? Has Dallas even played any cold weather games this year?

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Evan's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:40 am

They've played at Philly, Washington and Chicago in December. I don't know the exact temps, but it's safe to say none were as cold as it'll be on Sunday.

I can see it both ways.

1. Any time a warm weather/dome team comes to Lambeau in January, it's going to be at a disadvantage.

2. That said, a frigid game shouldn't effect a power running team like them as much as it would a passing team. At the same time, I think an icy surface benefits WRs.

It cuts both ways. Bottom line is Packers are the better team and should win comfortably.

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The GrEEn kNiGhT's picture

January 05, 2015 at 05:37 pm

Glad to see Jeremy Ross muffing a punt and that poor decision to bring the ball out on the kickoff and getting tackled inside the 10 yard line.

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4thand1's picture

January 05, 2015 at 06:36 pm

I wanna change my name to boohoosuh

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S-Mahn's picture

January 05, 2015 at 11:28 pm

You'd be the first, it'd be awesome. If you want to stay with current name, 4thand1 almost as good as 4thand8

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TommyG's picture

January 07, 2015 at 01:06 pm

Eff you, NFL network-showing a replay of the NFC championship game played in January 1996, in Dallas. How about you show the following year's 45-17 dismantling of Dallas in lambeau. I'm nearly starting to believe the bias hype. Almost is hyperbole.

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