The Green Bay Packers will face the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field in the divisional round of the playoffs, thanks to Dallas’ come-from-behind win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Oh, and the Detroit Lions are still the Detroit Lions. Even when they DO make the playoffs, which happens about once every decade.
Way to go Detroit, on a job… done.
The Lions had leads of 14-0, 17-7 and 20-7. And then they let the Cowboys put up 17 unanswered for the win.
Had the Lions won, they would have gone to Seattle to play the Seahawks and Carolina, which beat the offensively-challenged Arizona Cardinals, would have come to Green Bay. As it is, Dallas comes to Green Bay and Carolina goes to Seattle, which probably sets up Green Bay at Seattle for the NFC championship. It also probably sets up the Packers falling short of the Super Bowl, but first things first.
We’ll have more on the Cowboys throughout the week, but here are some quick facts to get you started.
- They were seventh in the NFL in total offense, but second in rushing offense with 147.1 yards per game in 2013.
- That rushing attack is led by DeMarco Murray, who was first in the league with 1,845 yards.
- Tony Romo led the league in QB rating (113.2), while throwing 34 TDs vs. 9 INTs. That was exactly one point better than Aaron Rodgers.
- Sunday marked just the second time Romo won a playoff game in his career.
- The Cowboys were 19th in total defense in 2013.
- They have no Pro Bowlers on that side of the ball.
- Dallas was the media’s popular NFC Super Bowl pick coming into the playoffs, despite the fact that they would likely have to win two road games to make it to Phoenix.