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    Three things to know: Packers (4) at Cowboys (1) divisional playoff preview
    Nate Davis , USA TODAY Sports

    A preview of the NFC divisional playoff matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys

    When: Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

    Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

    Line: TBA

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    THREE THINGS TO KNOW

    1. A different kind of wild-card weekend: The Cowboys cruised relatively easily to the best record in the NFC. However they enter the playoffs with some unknowns. Rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott became the faces of the franchise overnight, but the postseason crucible will provide a significant hurdle, especially against a playoff-savvy and red-hot team like Green Bay. The defense has again been stripped of suspended DE Randy Gregory, a blow to Dallas' 26th-ranked pass defense. CB Morris Claiborne's anticipated return from a groin injury should be a welcome addition. But he's bound to be rusty and perhaps tentative against a high-powered Packers passing game orchestrated by QB Aaron Rodgers, who will exploit any weakness.

    2. X-factor: Obstructing NFL rushing champion Elliott will almost surely be the focus of Green Bay's defense. That should mean more opportunities for WR Dez Bryant. Though he's battled injuries while adjusting to life without Tony Romo over two substandard seasons (by Bryant's standards), he remains an elite playmaker who can easily exploit man-to-man coverage. In the Cowboys' playoff dress rehearsal in Week 16, it appeared Bryant and Prescott were finally developing chemistry, hooking up for a pair of scores. And expect Bryant to carry extra motivation following his infamous non-catch at Lambeau Field two years ago, a "drop" that basically ended Dallas' season.

    3. No dodging Rodgers: Immersed in a zone similar to the one he parlayed into a championship run six years ago one that successfully concluded in Dallas' building in Super Bowl XLV Rodgers has been virtually unstoppable. After throwing for 362 yards and four TDs in Sunday's beatdown of the New York Giants, he's compiled this gaudy stat line during the Pack's seven-game winning streak: 2,029 passing yards, 19 TDs, 69.6% completion percentage, 121.7 passer rating. He hasn't been intercepted since Nov. 13. However he was merely mortal (294 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) in Green Bay's Week 6 loss to the Cowboys at Lambeau. Though Rodgers has been torching all comers lately, it will certainly help if he can keep the offense from falling into a 14-point second-half deficit and being rendered one-dimensional, which is what happened in the October matchup. That could be a challenging task if WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) can't play and/or if an erratic Packers defense can't do its part.
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    Like I said last night, I am not scared of the Packers, at all. If our defense can just maintain, and we run the ball with any consistency, we cruise into the NFCC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamtdg View Post
    Like I said last night, I am not scared of the Packers, at all. If our defense can just maintain, and we run the ball with any consistency, we cruise into the NFCC.
    For all the shit we give our D for their bed but don't break mentality and 3 man rushes, I was surprised to see last night that we finished 5th in the league in PPG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    For all the shit we give our D for their bed but don't break mentality and 3 man rushes, I was surprised to see last night that we finished 5th in the league in PPG.
    They will score some points, but if we hold them under 24, we win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamtdg View Post
    Yikes.

    I thought for sure he had broken ribs after seeing his body language when he was being taken into the locker room, but all that other stuff? That's dangerous.

    It really is amazing how football is a game of inches even when it comes to stuff like this. If he catches the ball cleanly and doesn't have to try and snatch it out of the air after the initial bobble, then his ribs aren't completely exposed like that and his arm would've taken most of that blow. Instead, the guy has to double clutch at the ball and the few inches he had to raise his arms leaves him open to the helmet shot in the rib cage.

    Sucks for him, but it works out for us.
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    And this...

    We just beat a better D in New York and now we gonna beat the Cowboys asses to high heaven. Zekey boy aint gonna do nothing in this game and we gonna hang up 40 plus on these Cowboy clowns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamtdg View Post
    And this...

    We just beat a better D in New York and now we gonna beat the Cowboys asses to high heaven. Zekey boy aint gonna do nothing in this game and we gonna hang up 40 plus on these Cowboy clowns.
    Guy probably has a point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipolarFan View Post
    Guy probably has a point.
    Shut up.
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