Preview: Green Bay at Dallas

When: 4:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2017
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas


The Green Bay Packers painted themselves into a corner earlier this season on the heels of a four-game losing streak, prompting Aaron Rodgers to claim the club could "run the table" in order to gain its eighth straight playoff appearance. Six victories to end the campaign and a convincing rout in the wild-card game have the Packers surging into the NFC Divisional Round for Sunday's date with the well-rested Dallas Cowboys.

"They were off last week, and they're hosting the game (Sunday), so there's extra pressure on them as the No. 1 seed to win," Rodgers told reporters. "And we're coming in with a lot of confidence and riding the streak. We're feeling good about the way we've been playing." With good reason, as Rodgers threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns - three to wideout Randall Cobb - in a 38-13 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday. While Dallas liberally has rested its stars dating back to a Week 17 loss to Philadelphia, its rookie Pro Bowl tandem of quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Ezekiel Elliott (NFL-best 1,631 yards, 5.1 per carry) shredded Green Bay at Lambeau Field in a 30-16 victory on Oct. 16. Prescott threw for three touchdowns while Elliott gashed the Packers' then top-ranked rush defense for 157 yards in the win.

TV: 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Cowboys -4.5 O/U: 52.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS: Rodgers remains confident facing Dallas' 26th-ranked pass defense despite potentially playing without trusted wideout Jordy Nelson (NFL-leading 14 receiving TDs), who sustained a rib injury early in the wild-card game. Davante Adams set career highs with 75 catches, 997 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and had seven receptions for 117 yards and a score in a postseason encounter with Dallas two years ago. Cobb made eight catches for 116 yards in that playoff game versus the Cowboys and showed his ankle injury is a thing of the past with his performance last week, while his versatility to play in the slot or on the outside opens doors for promising rookie Geronimo Allison.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (13-3): While Prescott and Elliott have been the talk of the town this season, receiver Dez Bryant found himself taken back to January 2015 shortly after learning that he'd be facing the Packers in a divisional-round playoff game. "Everywhere I go, I still hear it 'til this day: It was a catch," the 28-year-old Bryant said of his overturned reception late in the fourth quarter in the Cowboys' loss. Bryant may find the sledding tough on Sunday as he is expected to be shadowed by cornerback LaDarius Gunter, who limited Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. to four catches and 28 yards last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dallas WR Cole Beasley recorded a team-high six receptions and two touchdowns in the first encounter with Green Bay but has found the end zone just twice in his last 10 games.

2. Packers WR/RB Ty Montgomery, who is nursing an ankle injury, made 10 catches for 98 yards in the initial meeting with the Cowboys.

3. Dallas LB Sean Lee registered an NFL third-best and career-high 145 tackles this season, with a team-leading 13 coming in the first game versus Green Bay.

PREDICTION: Cowboys 28, Packers 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Green Bay 11-6 W7 27.6 23.6 7-2 4-4 10-4 1-2 0-0 5-1 9-4
Dallas 13-3 L1 26.3 19.1 7-1 6-2 5-1 8-2 1-0 3-3 9-3

Last Meeting

Green Bay Dallas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/16/16 DAL 30 GB 16 372 78 294 424 191 233

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB A. Rodgers 73.8 294 1 1
DAL D. Prescott 66.7 247 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB E. Lacy 17 65 3.8 0
DAL E. Elliott 28 157 5.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB T. Montgomery 10 98 9.8 0
DAL T. Williams 4 75 18.8 0
TDs Player TD
GB R. Cobb 1
DAL C. Beasley 2
Season (Regular Season and Playoffs)
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB A. Rodgers 65.5 4790 44 7
DAL D. Prescott 67.8 3667 23 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB T. Montgomery 88 484 5.5 3
DAL E. Elliott 322 1631 5.1 15
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Nelson 98 1270 13.0 14
DAL C. Beasley 75 833 11.1 5
TDs Player TD
GB J. Nelson 14
DAL E. Elliott 16

Quickchart Matchup

Green Bay Off vs  Dallas Def
370.9 yards
343.9 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt
Dallas Off vs  Green Bay Def
376.7 yards
364 yards
4.8 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Green Bay Overall Dallas
11-6 W/L 13-3
10-6-1 ATS 10-6-0
11-6-0 O/U 6-10-0
27.6 Pts For 26.3
23.6 Pts Against 19.1
Green Bay A/H Dallas
4-4 W/L 7-1
4-4-0 ATS 5-3-0
6-2-0 O/U 4-4-0
26.2 Pts For 29.1
28.2 Pts Against 19.8