At a glance: Packers vs. Cowboys

Linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) and the Packers' defense will try to slow down Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who was the NFL's leading rusher this season.

In the mid-1990s, the Packers and Cowboys faced off in three consecutive postseasons, each time in Dallas and each game resulting in a Cowboys victory. But after a nearly 19-year drought of these two teams not seeing each other in playoff action, Green Bay will host Dallas on Sunday, Jan. 11 in the NFC divisional round game.

It will be the first postseason matchup between the Packers and Cowboys at Lambeau Field since the Ice Bowl in 1967.

As Dallas was midway through the third quarter of its wild-card game Sunday against Detroit, it sure looked like the Cowboys’ season was about to be over. The Lions led 20-7 and had controlled nearly every aspect of the game. But that’s when Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray began to orchestrate a 17-0 run in the final 18 minutes and pulled off the comeback victory.

Had Detroit been able to hang on to win, the Lions would have traveled to Seattle and Green Bay would have hosted Carolina. Instead, the Seahawks get the Panthers while the stage is set for Packers vs. Cowboys.

It’ll be a game that features the NFL’s two best quarterbacks this season, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, who were the league’s top two finishers in passer rating. It’ll have the NFL’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray against a Green Bay run defense that’s improved dramatically since midseason. It’ll be a battle between two of the league’s best offensive lines. It’ll have first-team All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant on one side, with Jordy Nelson — who finished nine votes shy of Bryant — on the other.

Get ready for a fun week of buildup and what should be a great game at Lambeau Field on Jan. 11.

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