Cowboys-Packers first look: Dallas’ first playoff visit to Green Bay since Ice Bowl
Dallas (13-4) at Green Bay (12-4), 1:05 pm ET, FOX
It won’t exactly be the Ice Bowl redux, but the Cowboys are headed into frigid and hostile territory where the early-week forecast calls for a kickoff temperature in the high teens. The Packers have chilled the opposition at Lambeau Field all season by posting an 8-0 home record. The Cowboys, though, finished as the NFL’s only team with a perfect road record. Dallas had a much tougher time in its 24-20 first-round playoff win over Detroit than the Packers did when beating the Lions by 10 points in Week 17 to clinch the NFC North.
A major key to this game will be Aaron Rodgers‘ health. He limped through the Lions game after aggravating a calf injury, yet still threw two touchdown passes while completing 77.3 percent of his passes. Rodgers also hasn’t thrown an interception at home since Dec. 2, 2012. The Cowboys must do a better job protecting quarterback Tony Romo, who was sacked six times by the Lions. However, Romo deserves some of the blame for holding onto the football for too long against a strong Detroit pass rush until leading a second-half comeback.