Playoff Preview: Cowboys at Packers

We have the history, team notes and plenty of stats as we look ahead to Sunday's playoff game at Lambeau Field between the Packers and Cowboys.

Dallas (13-4) at Green Bay (12-4)

KICKOFF: 12:05 p.m., Sunday, at Lambeau Field.

LAST GAME (REG. SEASON)

12/15/13: Packers 37 at Cowboys 36. Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy rushed for game-winning TD with 1:31 remaining. Packers QB Matt Flynn threw for 299 yards and 4 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE (REG. SEASON)

11/7/10: Packers 45, Cowboys 7. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 289 yards and 3 TDs. Packers WR James Jones caught 8 passes for 123 yards and TD.

LAST PLAYOFF

1/14/96: Packers 27 at Cowboys 38. Dallas RB Emmitt Smith rushed for 150 yards and 3 TDs. Cowboys QB Troy Aikman added 255 passing yards and 2 TDs.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:05 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Dal.), 85 (GB). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Dal.), 85 (GB).

TEAMS MEET: for 7th time in postseason and 1st since 1995 NFC Championship Game (Dallas, 38-27). Cowboys have won past 4 postseason meetings. Last postseason meeting in GB was 1967 NFL Championship (GB 21-17). Dal. leads all-time series (including playoffs) 16-15. Packers are 9-4 vs. Cowboys (including playoffs) at home.

COWBOYS: Won 34th playoff game last week, most in NFL history. Are 34-25 (.576) in postseason. Have played 59 postseason games, most in league history. This is Dallas’ 31st time in postseason, tied for most in NFL history...Jason Garrett is 5th Cowboys head coach to win 12-plus games in regular season. Are 8-0 on road, 6th NFL team in 16-game schedule (since 1978) with 8-0 road mark…Cowboys had 6 players selected to Pro Bowl: WR Dez Bryant (2nd), C Travis Frederick (1st), rookie G Zack Martin (1st), RB DE MARCO MURRAY (2nd), QB Tony Romo (4th) and T Tyron Smith (2nd). Team’s 6 offensive selections are most in NFL…QB Romo led NFL with franchise-record 113.2 rating. Has 2 of 3 100-plus rating seasons in team history. Had 114 rating last week in WC. In past 5 (including playoffs), is 5-0, completing 102 of 142 (71.8 pct.) for 1,280 yards with 14 TDs vs. 1 INT for 129.4 rating…RB Murray led NFL with team-record 1,845 rush yards and 12 100-yard games. Murray passed HOFer Emmitt Smith for most rush yards and most 100-yard rush games in season by Cowboy. including playoffs, leads NFL with 14 rush TDs. Rushed for 134 yards and TD in last meeting. Cowboys were 2nd in NFL in rush offense (147.1)…WR Bryant led NFL with franchise-record 16 rec. TDs. Since 2012, leads NFL with 41 rec. TDs. Is only player in NFL with 12-plus rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs, his 3rd consecutive season with 85-plus catches, 1,200-plus yards and 12-plus TDs. TE Jason Witten had 703 rec. yards and is 2nd TE in NFL history (Tony Gonzalez) with 700-plus rec. yards in 11 consecutive seasons. WR Terrance Williams was 2nd on team with career-high 8 rec. TDs. Had 2 TDs last week in WC, 1st Cowboy with 2-plus rec. TDs in playoff game since HOFer Michael Irvin (1/14/96). Williams had 76-yard TD in WC, longest rec. TD by Cowboy in playoffs since Alvin Harper (1/8/95, 94 yards). WR Cole Beasley and TE Gavin Escobar each had 4 rec. TDs…Cowboys had 4 players with 70-plus tackles: S Barry Church (93), LB Rolando McClain (81), rookie LB Anthony Hitchens (73) and S J.J. Wilcox (70). CBs Sterling Moore (13) and Orlando Scandrick (9) had most PD on club. LB Bruce Carter had career-high 5 INTs and led NFL LBs. DE Jeremy Mincey led team with 6 sacks. Also had sack in WC and has 6 sacks in past 8, including playoffs. Rookie DE Demarcus Lawrence had sack, FF and 2 FR last week…K Dan Bailey has made 89.8 pct. of FGs in career in regular season (114 of 127), highest mark in NFL history (min. 100 FGs). Scored 131 points, his 4th consecutive 100-point season.

PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .612 postseason winning pct. (30-19) is best in NFL history (min. 25 games). Club has 30 playoff wins, tied for 3rd most. Are 16-5 (.762) at home in postseason. Team’s 30th playoff appearance, 3rd most in NFL history. Won division for 22nd time in team history and 4th in row…Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in 7 of his 9 seasons as head coach…Are 8-0 at home, outscoring opp. 318-163. Packers had 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: FB John Kuhn (2nd), LB Clay Matthews (5th), WR Jordy Nelson (1st), QB Aaron Rodgers (4th) and G Josh Sitton (2nd)…QB Rodgers had 112.2 rating, only QB in NFL history with 6 consecutive seasons with 100-plus rating. Had NFL-record 133.2 rating at home and his 25 TDs are most by QB with 0 INTs at home in season. Had 100-plus rating in all 8 home games. At home, has 477 consecutive att. and 38 pass TDs in row without INT (including playoffs). Has 103.1 postseason passer rating, 2nd best in NFL history. His 1.57 INT pct. (5 INTs, 318 att.) is 4th lowest in NFL playoff history…RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 1,139 yards and scored 13 TDs (9 rush, 4 rec.), 1st Packer with 1,000-plus rush yards and 10-plus scrimmage TDs in each of 1st 2 NFL seasons. Has 2,317 rush yards, most by Packer in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Rushed for 141 yards and TD in last game vs. Dal. FB Kuhn is 1 of 2 active players with 4-plus rush (4) and 3-plus rec. (3) TDs in postseason…WR Nelson is 1 of 8 players in NFL history with 95-plus catches (98), 1,500-plus rec. yards (franchise-record 1,519) and 13-plus rec. TDs (13) in season. Nelson and WR Randall Cobb (91 catches, 1,287 yards, 12 TDs) are 1st NFL teammates with 1,200-plus rec. yards and 12-plus rec. TDs in same season. Are also 1st duo in team history with 90-plus catches each and 1st Packers teammates with 10-plus rec. TDs each. Lacy (13), Nelson (13) and Cobb (12) are 1st GB trio with 10-plus TDs each in season. TE Andrew Quarless had 6 catches for 66 yards and TD in last meeting …Team had -plus14 turnover differential, best in NFL…LB Matthews led team with 11 sacks and his 4 career 10-plus sack seasons are tied for most in team history. Has 6.5 sacks in past 4. In postseason career, has 7.5 sacks, 3 FFs and 3 FRs in 8 games. In 3 games vs. Dal., has 2.5 sacks, 2 FR and 62-yard INT-TD. LB Julius Peppers is only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (125.5) and 10-plus INTs (11). CB Sam Shields has 4 INTs, including 52-yard TD, in past 6 playoff games. CB Tramon Williams has 4 INTs, including 70-yard TD, in past 8 in postseason. Shields and Williams each had INT in last game vs. Dal. DT Mike Daniels has 12 sacks in past 2 seasons, 3rd most by NFC DT. Packers had 3 players with 90-plus tackles: S Morgan Burnett (122), rookie S HA HA CLINTON-DIX (91) and LB A.J. Hawk (90)…PR Micah Hyde has 3 PR-TDs (93, 75 and 55 yards) in 1st 2 seasons, tied for most in team history. Had 2 PR-TDs in 2014, tied for 2nd most in season by Packer.

COWBOYSPACKERS
LEADER (REG. SEASON)13-12
STREAKS (REG. SEASON)Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP.Garrett: 0-2McCarthy: 3-2
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORDGarrett: 1-0McCarthy: 6-5
VS. COMMON OPP.Dal.: 5-1 (Chi. 1-0; Det. 1-0; NO 1-0; Phi. 1-1; Sea. 1-0)GB: 4-3 (Chi. 2-0; Det. 1-1; NO 0-1; Phi. 1-0; Sea. 0-1)
PLAYOFF RECORD34-2530-19
LAST WEEKW 24-20 vs. LionsBye (Wk. 17: W 30-20 vs. Lions)
PASSINGRomo: 304-435-3705-34 (2C)-9-113.2 (1L)Rodgers: 341-520-4381-38 (1C)-5-112.2 (2L)
RUSHINGMurray: 392-1845 (1L)-4.7-13 (T1L)Lacy: 246-1139-4.6-9 (T3L)
RECEIVINGBryant: 88-1320-15.0-16 (1L)Nelson: 98-1519 (2C)-15.5-13 (T2L)
OFFENSE382.6386.1 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE+6+14 (1L)
DEFENSE355.1346.4
SACKSMincey: 6Matthews: 11
INTsCarter: 5 (T3L)Hayward, Williams: 3
PRHarris: 9.2Hyde: 15.8
KRHarris: 24.7Harris: 20.7
PUNTINGJones: 45.4Masthay: 44.1
KICKINGBailey: 131 (56/56 PAT; 25/29 FG)Crosby: 134 (T2C) (53/55 PAT; 27/33 FG)
 

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