DALLAS (13-4) AT GREEN BAY (12-4)
SUNDAY, JAN. 11 - LAMBEAU FIELD - 12:05 P.M. CST
PACKERS HOST COWBOYS IN DIVISIONAL CONTEST
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- Green Bay will play Dallas in the postseason for the seventh time and the first time since 1996. This will be only the second time the Packers have played against the Cowboys at home in the playoffs.
- The only time Dallas visited Green Bay in the postseason was for the 1967 NFL Championship, most commonly known as the ‘Ice Bowl.’ Kickoff temperature was recorded as minus-13 with a minus-46 wind chill, the coldest game in league annals. Bart Starr’s game-winning TD, a 1-yard dive with 13 seconds left, sealed Green Bay’s third straight championship en route to its second consecutive Super Bowl title.
- The two storied franchises both rank in the top four in postseason victories (Dallas-34 / Pittsburgh-33 / Green Bay-30 / San Francisco-30).
- Sunday will be the first playoff game in NFL history with a team that finished 8-0 at home during the regular season hosting a team that was 8-0 on the road during the regular season.
- It will only be the third NFL playoff game with a team that was undefeated at home during the regular season hosting a team that was undefeated on the road (1948: 6-0 Chicago Cardinals at 6-0 Philadelphia Eagles / 1972: 7-0 Miami Dolphins at 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers).
- Green Bay is 15-16 against the Dallas in the overall series, but has won three straight over the Cowboys, including the last matchup, 37-36, at Dallas last season.
- Of the Cowboys’ 13 road games against the Packers, only one has taken place in December or January, the ‘Ice Bowl’ on Dec. 31, 1967. This will be the latest date Dallas has played at Green Bay.
- The Packers have won four of the last five against the Cowboys at Lambeau Field, scoring over 40 points in three of the wins.
- Green Bay is 16-5 all-time at home during the postseason. The Packers’ 16 postseason wins at home are the fifth most in the NFL.
- The Packers enter the postseason having won their last two games and seven of the final eight.
- Dating back to 1978, Green Bay’s seven wins in Games 9-16 are tied for the most by the Packers (1984, 1997, 2009, 2011).
- Green Bay and Seattle were the only teams to go 7-1 over the final eight games of the 2014 regular season.
BACK IN THE POSTSEASON
- Green Bay’s 30th postseason berth in team history marks the franchise’s 17th appearance in the last 22 seasons and the seventh in nine seasons under McCarthy.
- The Packers are the only team in the NFC to win its division each of the last four seasons (2011-14) and one of only three NFL teams to do so over that span (Denver, New England).
- Green Bay tied a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff berth (1993-98).
- The Packers join the Patriots as the only teams to make the playoffs each of the last six years.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 21st season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a national audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman with Erin Andrews and Chris Myers reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. McCarren, who is in his 26th year in Green Bay television, has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
- Westwood One will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) will call the action with Hub Arkush (sideline) while Scott Graham will host pre-game and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- The game will broadcast across the country in Spanish on ESPN Deportes with Kenneth Garay (play-by-play) and Sebastian Martinez Christensen (analyst) calling the action.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Cowboys:
- All-time, regular season: 13-12
- All-time, postseason: 2-4
- All-time, in Green Bay: 9-4
- Streaks: The Packers have won the last three meetings.
- Last meeting: Dec. 15, 2013, at AT&T Stadium; Packers won, 37-36
- Mike McCarthy: 100-54-1, .648, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Jason Garrett: 42-31, .575, (incl. 1-0 postseason); 4th NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-2 vs. Cowboys; Garrett 0-1 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
- Led the Packers to their sixth consecutive playoff appearance this season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to seven playoff appearances in the last eight years (2007, 2009-14).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past eight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
- His .656 winning percentage during the regular season ranks No. 2 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
JASON GARRETT…Is in his fourth full season as the Cowboys’ eighth head coach. Was the interim head coach for the final eight games in 2010.
- Is the only former Cowboys player to be the team’s head coach.
- Garrett has helped guide the Cowboys to a top-10 offensive ranking five times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014) in his tenure as offensive coordinator and then head coach.
- Was named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by Pro Football Weekly for the 2007 season.
- Played quarterback for the Cowboys (1992-99), the N.Y. Giants (2000-03), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004) and the Miami Dolphins (2004). Was a member of three Super Bowl teams with Dallas.
THE PACKERS-COWBOYS SERIES
- These clubs squared off in one of the most famous games in league history, the 1967 NFL Championship, dubbed the ‘Ice Bowl.’ Kickoff temperature was recorded as minus-13 with a minus-46 wind chill, the coldest game in league annals. Bart Starr’s game-winning TD, a 1-yard dive with 13 seconds left, sealed Green Bay’s third straigh