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Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s Cowboys-Packers playoff clash:

DALLAS (13-4) at GREEN BAY (12-4)

Sunday, 12:05 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE — Packers by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Dallas 10-7, Green Bay 8-7-1

SERIES RECORD — Dallas leads 16-15

LAST MEETING — Packers beat Cowboys 37-36, Dec. 15, 2013

LAST WEEK — Cowboys beat Lions 24-20; Packers had bye, beat Lions 30-20, Dec. 28, 2014

AP PRO32 RANKING — Cowboys No. 4, Packers No. 3

COWBOYS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (2), PASS (16).

COWBOYS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (8), PASS (26).

PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (11), PASS (8).

PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (23), PASS (10).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams meeting in Green Bay in postseason for first time since 1967 NFL championship, known as “Ice Bowl.” Kickoff temperature for that game was minus 13 with a wind chill of minus 46, making it coldest game in league history. … Forecast for Sunday’s divisional round calls for partly cloudy skies with highs in upper teens to low 20s. … First time in NFL history team with 8-0 road record on road in regular season (Cowboys) is visiting team with 8-0 home record in regular season (Packers) during playoffs. … Cowboys seeking to advance to NFC championship game for first time since 1995. … Cowboys 15-9 in divisional playoffs, having lost last three. … QB Tony Romo had fourth-best road passer rating ever in single season (121.8). … Romo 2-3 as playoff starter, completing 60 percent of passes with six TDs and two INTs. … WR Dez Bryant has 20 catches for 239 yards and two TDs in two career games vs. Packers. … TE Jason Witten has 33 catches for 356 yards in five career playoff games. … RB DeMarco Murray led league in regular season with 1,845 yards rushing and 2,261 yards from scrimmage. … DE Anthony Spencer with three tackles and sack last week against Lions has 19 tackles and three sacks in four career playoff games. … Packers won last meeting in 2013 in Dallas when backup QB Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes and Green Bay rallied from 23-point halftime deficit. Flynn started for Rodgers, who had collarbone injury. … Rodgers’ home passer rating of 133.2 best in NFL history. … Rodgers in midst of streaks of 418 pass attempts and 36 touchdown passes at home without interception, both NFL records. Rodgers last threw interception at home on Dec. 2, 2012 against Minnesota. … WR Jordy Nelson with nine TD catches at Lambeau Field had at least one score in seven of eight home games this season. … Nelson (98 catches) and Randall Cobb (91 catches) first duo in franchise history with 90-plus catches in same season. … LB Clay Matthews had 6 1/2 sacks in last four games. … CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams each with four postseason INTs to tie four other players for franchise record. … Packers finished first in league in turnover margin (plus-14).  


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