Packers-Cowboys: Game snapshot

Facts, series history, keys to the game, prediction

Green Bay Packers (10-1) at Dallas Cowboys (10-1)

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WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 CT
WHERE: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
SURFACE: Sportfield Realgrass
TV: NFL Network, Bryant Gumbel, Cris Collinsworth

SERIES: 27th meeting. Cowboys lead series, 14-12. Counting the postseason, Dallas has won the last eight meetings in Texas, all since 1993 with Brett Favre as Green Bay's quarterback. The Packers won the most recent meeting, 41-20 at Green Bay in 2004. The Cowboys have won four of six games between the teams in the playoffs. The Packers, though, scored a 21-17 victory in the 1967 NFL Championship Game, immortalized as the Ice Bowl for being the coldest game played in league history with a wind chill of minus-46 at kickoff at Lambeau Field.

PREDICTION: Cowboys 34-27

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers' spread offense should provide a stiff test for a Cowboys defense whose biggest vulnerability is considered to be defending the deep pass. In fact, Dallas started its Thanksgiving Day game with three corners and SS Roy Williams on the sideline. Favre utilizes a lot of slants and screens to keep the Packers' second-ranked passing game moving, but WR Greg Jennings has emerged as the deep threat Dallas should be most concerned about. ... The Cowboys will see more man-to-man coverage than they're used to, with Packers CB Al Harris expected to shadow WR Terrell Owens in a matchup of two of the game's best players at their respective positions. Green Bay needs its cover men to hold up, because their depleted defensive line needs all the resources it can muster to contain Dallas' running game. Look for the Cowboys to come out running the ball significantly in an effort to set up shots downfield for QB Tony Romo.

KEY INJURIES: Packers: Woodson (toe) and DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee/ankle) could be game-time decisions; FS Nick Collins (knee) is practicing and could return after missing three games. Cowboys: WR Patrick Crayton (ankle) is expected to return after missing a game; CB Anthony Henry (ankle) will continue to work in the nickel package.

FAST FACTS: Romo has tied Danny White's 1983 single-season franchise record of 29 TD passes. ... In his past five games, Favre has completed 73.6 percent of his passes for 1,641 yards, 13 TDs and two INTs. ... Either team would clinch a playoff spot with a victory. The Cowboys would win the NFC East if the Giants also lose; the Packers the NFC North if the Lions also lose.


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