Playing in big games is no stranger for both the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. These two iconic franchises have played each other on numerous occasions in the postseason; the most notable matchup between the two is the infamous Ice Bowl that occurred 48 years ago at Lambeau Field. The Cowboys vs Packers rivalry started up once again in the mid-1990s when Brett Favre was under center as the Packers starting quarterback, under Favre’s lead the Packers were 0-2 in the postseason against the Cowboys.
Fast forward to the 2015 playoffs and we will witness another gunslinger in Green Bay by the name of Aaron Rogers, will face something similar to what Favre took on in the 90s known as The Triplets in Dallas. Unlike Favre who had to travel to Texas Stadium to take on the Cowboys in the playoffs Rodgers will have the pleasure of playing in front of his home crowd at Lambeau Field. But here is the kicker; the Cowboys are 8-0 on the road this season. I do not expect the harsh weather conditions at the “frozen tundra” to hinder the Cowboys performance this ball game.
The Cowboys defense is not great but it has definitely improved from where it was last season. When the Cowboys backs are against the wall their defense shows up and deliver when needed. They have also taken down some of the league’s best signal callers in Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck this season. Out of all of those quarterbacks that I have mentioned I believe Rodgers is surrounded by the most talent out of all of them. That talent will have to be on one accord against the Cowboys defense this Sunday.
The Cowboys must hand the ball off to DeMarco Murray consistently to win this match up; they must not stray away from the running game and let Tony Romo throw the football 45 times in this contest.We all know what can happen when Romo has to do things all by himself when the running game becomes nonexistent. The Cowboys opponent the Green Bay Packers are 1-3 in the postseason since winning the Super Bowl Title during the 2010 season. Guess what has been there Achilles Heel in those previous postseason losses? The answer is their defenses inability to stop the run.
If you follow football religiously like me then you remember when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran all over the Packers defense for 181 yards in the 2012 NFC Divisional Round of the postseason.Even though he did not have the big game that he had the previous playoff game against the Packers, Kaepernick would go on to torch the Packers once again, this time rushing for 98 yards on the ground. Imagine what a running back like DeMarco Murray can to the Packers defense if they allow it to.
My prediction for this game is that both offenses will be able to put up points in this contest however I believe the Dallas Cowboys will come from behind and advance to the NFC Championship game on the strong leg of kicker Dan Bailey. I just don’t think the Packers ability to stop the rush has been resolved just yet.
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