The Dallas Cowboys will face off against the Detroit Lions in the second NFC Wild Card game on Sunday as they look to win their first playoff game since 2009. The Lions have been in their own drought since 1991.
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The Dallas Cowboys are riding a four-game winning streak as they head into the playoffs, and they will face the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game.
The Cowboys finished their season with a 12-4 record after demolishing the Washington Redskins, 44-17. They have scored at least 38 points in their last four games, and quarterback Tony Romo made a strong case for the MVP award.
Running back DeMarco Murray and wide receiver Dez Bryant also had phenomenal seasons. Murray set the team record for rushing yards with 1,845. Bryant broke the Cowboys’ record for touchdown catches with 16 while totaling 88 catches and 1,320 receiving yards.
Romo threw 34 touchdown passes with nine interceptions with 3,705 passing yards for a 113.2 rating in just 15 games.
The Cowboys will face a big test from the Lions defense though, which ranks first in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and second in total defense.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was able to overturn his suspension and settle for a $70,000 fine after standing on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not have a particularly memorable year, but he has helped lead the Lions to multiple comeback wins throughout the season.
Wide receiver Golden Tate proved to be a smart signing as he finished with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns while Calvin Johnson finished with 71 receptions, 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing three games.
The Lions allowed 100 yards to Packers running back Eddie Lacy, so Murray should be able to do something similar while Romo will also be too difficult to stop and keep up with.
Prediction: Cowboys 27, Lions 20