Cowboys owner Jerry Jones calls it the biggest game at Texas Stadium since the two teams met in the 1996 NFC Championship Game.
"Green Bay is intimidating to me," Jones said. "What this game is
about is to get back here in January. It's a big one. There is a
difference between playing in Dallas and playing in Green Bay in
The Cowboys have won only one playoff game since that magical season,
which was the last time they made to the Super Bowl. And if the Cowboys
are going to make it back to the Super Bowl for the first time since
1996, beating the Packers on Thursday would be a huge step in that
"People love football, but when you see two organizations with great
history, old-school football teams with great records that are going to
play each other, that is a great thing," linebacker Greg Ellis said.
The winner of the game gets the inside track to home-field advantage
in the NFC playoffs.
Remember the Ice Bowl? Well, the Cowboys would prefer not to.
"If it's bad weather up there and they can't throw it and they have
to go with their running game, that wouldn't be too bad," Cowboys coach
Wade Phillips said. "But, yeah, you'd rather play at home. That's the
big thing. The crowd, the motivation factor."
A Cowboys victory against the Packers would also clinch them a
playoff spot. A Cowboys victory and a loss by the Giants on Sunday would
clinch them the NFC East title. Right now, all the Cowboys care about is
taking care of business against the Packers on Sunday.
"We know this next game is, at this point in the season, certainly
the biggest game in the NFC so far," Phillips said. "And we know the
challenges, Brett Favre and all those things. But we're looking forward
What he's not looking forward to is Favre having a typically huge
"The thing I'm most concerned with is their passing game," Phillips
said. "Favre can light you up, and he's done it through the years."
--WR Patrick Crayton said he is good to go for Thursday's game
against the Packers. He is not fully healed from the sprained ankle that
kept him out of last Thursday's game against the Jets but he is healthy
enough to play. Crayton will not take any pain killers before the game.
He said the ankle feels better when he gets warmed up.
--LB Bradie James is having a Pro Bowl season. At least that is the
opinion of coach Wade Phillips. James leads the team with 96 tackles and
is the team's vocal and inspirational defensive captain.
--CB Anthony Henry will continue to come off the bench as a nickel
corner as he remains slowed by a high-ankle sprain that kept him out of
three games earlier this season.
--CB Roy Williams has no complaints about a defensive package that
takes him off the field when the opposing team goes with three
receivers. The Cowboys put cornerback Anthony Henry in the game, leaving
three cornerbacks to go along with free safety Ken Hamlin. The package
led to Williams' streak of 90 straight starts coming to an end against
the Jets last Thursday. "Whatever needs to be done to help the team
win, I'm all for," Williams said.
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