Green Bay hosts Dallas in NFC Divisional playoffs
There's a lot of storylines for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field Sunday.
It's the first playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field since the Ice Bowl in 1967. The temperature that day was minus-13 degrees with a wind chill of -46 degrees.
Sunday's forecast calls for a high of 22 degrees at Lambeau Field for the Packers and Cowboys.
Green Bay is 8-0 at Lambeau Field, while Dallas is 8-0 on the road.
Then there is also the match-up of Green Bay's trio against Dallas' trio. Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson have formed a solid trio in 2014 and Dallas has its own with Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant.
The 'x-factors' in the game may be the Packers and Cowboys running backs. Especially, with the cold weather expected for Sunday's game.. For Dallas, Murray rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. Last week against Detroit, he ran for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Green Bay has allowed 86.4 yards rushing to opponents in seven of its last eight games.
Green Bay is led by Lacy, who ran for 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns. More impressively, in his last six games, he's scored a touchdown in four of them, and has averaged at least 70 yards on the ground. Dallas averages 103 rushing yards per game.
Lacy will have to be effective because Rodgers is going to start despite a slight tear in his calf.
For Green Bay, the key for getting Rodgers comfortable may be getting an early lead on Dallas. Last week against Detroit, Dallas gave up 155 yards and 14 early points to the Lions. Green Bay has a 75-14 scoring margin over the past eight games in the first quarter.
For Dallas, Romo will have to be on his game. Romo has thrown for 14 touchdowns, one interception and recorded a 129.4 passer rating in his last five games.
Dallas averages 384 yards of offense while Green Bay averages 386 yards of total offense per game. Through the air, the Cowboys average 237 passing yards to the Packers' 266 passing yards. Dallas' defense allows 355 total yards while Green Bay gives up 346 total yards. The Cowboys give up 252 passing yards, and the Packers give up 226 passing yards.
Romo is 1-1 at Lambeau Field all-time. Rodgers is 5-4 as a playoff starter and 1-2 at Lambeau Field all-time. Green Bay last beat Dallas last year on the road, 37-36. Lacy had 141 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys last year.
Green Bay: Brandon Bostick was a full participant in practice yesterday. Josh Boyd, Sean Richardson, Rodgers, Davon House and Josh Sitton were all limited in practice Thursday.
Dallas: Bruce Carter, James Hanna, Nick Hayden, Jeff Heath, Zack Martin, Murray and Romo were full participants in practice yesterday. Doug Free, Anthony Hitchens, Rolando McClain, Terrell McClain and Jeremy Mincey did not participated in practice Thursday.
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The Packers and Cowboys play at noon Sunday on Fox. The game can also be heard right here on ESPN 99.1