January 01, 2015

DETROIT (11-5) at DALLAS (12-4)

Sunday, 4:40 p.m. CT, Fox

OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 7-9, Dallas 10-6

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 13-12

LAST MEETING - Lions beat Cowboys 31-30, Oct. 27, 2013

LAST WEEK - Lions lost to Packers 30-20; Cowboys beat Redskins 44-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 7, Cowboys No. 4

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (28), PASS (12)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (13)

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (2), PASS (16)

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (8), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams have split two previous playoff meetings. Cowboys won 5-0 in 1970, and Lions won 38-6 in 1991 season. ... Detroit defense allowed just two teams to rush for at least 100 yards, tying NFL record. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray had 12 100-yard games, breaking all-time league rushing leader Emmitt Smith's franchise record of 11. ... Cowboys were second in league with 31 takeaways, Lions tied for seventh with 27. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who lost only playoff start at New Orleans in 2011 season, is third QB in NFL history with four 4,000-yard seasons in first six years (Peyton Manning, Dan Marino). ... WR Calvin Johnson (74 TDs receiving, 1 rushing) is second Detroit player with 75 total TDs. ... Johnson (1,077 yards) and Golden Tate (1,331) are first pair of Detroit WRs with 1,000-yard seasons since Roy Williams and Mike Furrey in 2006. ... Ndamukong Suh, whose one-game suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' leg last weekend was rescinded, had career-high 21 tackles for loss, surpassing Hall of Famer Warren Sapp for most by defensive tackle since at least 2000. ... S Glover Quin had seven interceptions and was first Detroit player to lead NFL since Hall of Famer Lem Barney had 10 in 1967. ... Cowboys QB Tony Romo is 1-3 in playoffs, splitting two in most recent postseason appearance during 2009 season. Room led NFL with franchise-record 113.2 rating and was 4-0 in December with 12 TDs and one INT. ... Murray led league with team-record 1,845 yards rushing. ... WR Dez Bryant led NFL with franchise-record 16 TDs receiving, and is only player in league with at least 12 TDs each of past three seasons. ... Jason Witten (703 yards receiving) is second TE with 11 straight 700-yard seasons (Tony Gonzalez). ... Bruce Carter led NFL linebackers with career-high five interceptions. ... DE Jeremy Mincey led team with six sacks, has five in past seven games.

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