Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Who wins?

4 of 12

Sports Illustrated

Remember when the Packers were invincible at home during the playoffs? Yeah, that was a while back. Lately, not so much. The Packers are just 2-3 in playoff openers sinceAaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre at quarterback in 2008, and two of those defeats came at Lambeau Field, to the Giants in the divisional round in ’11 and to the 49ers last year in the wild-card round.

And now here come the red-hot, mojo-laden Cowboys, who are the NFL’s only undefeated road team this year, which Green Bay must face with a less-than-100-percent Rodgers dealing with the limitations of a slightly torn calf muscle. It should all make for a dramatic Sunday afternoon in the nation’s dairy land, but I foresee the Packers surviving Ice Bowl II to reach that rematch with Seattle that has seemed destined for much of the season’s second half. Dallas was pretty sloppy at times last week at home against Detroit, and got away with it. That won’t cut it this week against a more experienced and disciplined Green Bay team, and the road fun will finally end for Jason Garrett’s over-achieving Cowboys in frosty Green Bay.

Next: Pro Football Focus