In the wildcard round of the playoffs, Tony Romo and Cowboys were able to squeak by Detroit at home, stamping their ticket to Green Bay next Sunday. Meanwhile, the Panthers secured a victory over Arizona and travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. With the three-seed Cowboys coming to town, the Packers get the toughest test of the four playoff teams with first-round byes.
Even with temperatures in the teens, the Dallas offense will still present one of the greatest challenges that Dom Capers’ defense has faced this season. While the Packer defense has prevailed against pass-first offenses like those of New England and Detroit, they have struggled against elite backfields. Expect Dallas to feed running backs Demarco Murray and Joseph Randle regularly in an effort to wear down the Green Bay front seven.
In addition to Murray, the Cowboys will look their quarterback – the regular season’s top-rated passer – to move the ball in the frigid playing conditions. Romo has minimal postseason experience – and next to none in the type of temperatures forecasted for Sunday. However, a Midwest native, Romo might be better prepared for cold weather football than some of his teammates.
Applying regular pressure on Romo could be the difference in Sunday’s game. Throwing behind one of the league’s best offensive lines this season, Romo has been able to put up career numbers. And still, Romo was often harassed by the Detroit D-line during the wildcard round – something that the Packers should be able to mimic at Lambeau.
Perfection is at stake on Sunday as the Packers look to maintain their clean slate at home and the Cowboys attempt to stay unbeaten on the road. Mike McCarthy will look to notch a third NFC title game appearance while a win for Jason Garrett would be uncharted territory.