GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers, already with an NFC North championship and the guarantee of one home playoff game, can earn homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs on Sunday night.
To get that prize, two things must happen:
First, in the afternoon wave of games, the slumping Arizona Cardinals had to beat the surging Dallas Cowboys. Dallas had won four in a row, including 56-14 last week against Washington. Arizona had the best record in the NFL until losing its last three games. In its last road game, it got thumped by Detroit 30-12 in perhaps the most shocking upset of the NFL season.
The Cowboys were 6 1/2-point favorites at SI Sportsbook. However, the Cardinals (11-5) upset the Cowboys (11-5) 25-22.
Dallas pulled within a field goal on Dak Prescott’s touchdown pass to Amari Cooper and two-point conversion to Cedric Wilson with 4:42 to go.
Arizona needed to answer with a big drive. On second-and-7, Kyler Murray hit veteran tight end Zach Ertz for 11; Dallas burned its second timeout. On the next play, Chase Edmonds ran around right end for 11; Dallas used its last timeout. Runs of 6 by Edmonds and 9 by Murray gave the Cardinals another first down at the 2-minute warning. Murray took three knees to run out the clock.
Packers vs. Vikings: Two X-Factors
Looking beyond the obvious names, these two players must rise to the occasion when the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Now, the Packers need to beat the Minnesota Vikings (7-8) in what could be one of the coldest games in Lambeau Field history. With Kirk Cousins testing positive for COVID and …….