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Since 1990, when the playoff formats were last tinkered with, 37/276 of the playoff qualifiers – 13% – had a 7-6 record.

 

In the history of the Dallas Cowboys, only four other teams have gone 7-6: 1986, 1999, 2011, and 2012. Only the 1999 team qualified for the playoffs, and did so with an 8-8 mark.

 

The last Green Bay quarterback to win in Dallas was Don Majkowski, who went 21/32 for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 20-10 win.

 

The Green Bay Packers have not won in Dallas in nine attempts, which tie them with the Cardinals, Saints, and Redskins for 2nd-most consecutive losses. Only the Philadelphia Eagles have more consecutive losses in Dallas with 13.

 

The Green Bay Packers have not won in Dallas since 1989, a difference of 24 years should they not win Sunday. However, this is not the longest streak for a conference opponent to lose in Dallas. The New Orleans Saints own the record at 37 years from 1967-2004.

 

The Dallas Cowboys are 68-28 in late afternoon games at home, including playoffs, going back to 1970. Comparatively, the Green Bay Packers are 28-46-1 in late afternoon games on the road going back to 1970.

 

Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and teammate huddle around the heater on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are 17-10 in Sunday games at AT&T Stadium. Here is the breakdown by time of day:

 

Early Afternoon: 10-4

Late Afternoon: 3-3

Sunday night: 4-3

 

The Dallas Cowboys are 7-2 against the Green Bay Packers in late afternoon games.

 

Sunday marks the 7th consecutive year that the Green Bay Packers have played a Week 15 game on the road. It is the longest current streak in the NFL.

 

The Dallas Cowboys’ most common opponent in Week 15 games is the Washington Redskins with 8 appearances.

 

The Green Bay Packers’ most common opponent in Week 15 games is the Chicago Bears with 8 appearances.

 

The last time the Green Bay Packers had a tie was in 1987 when their Week 2 game against the Broncos at Milwaukee County Stadium ended 17-17 after overtime.

 

The Dallas Cowboys have not had a tie since 1969 when the NFL had not yet instituted sudden death overtime for regular season contests. Dallas tied with San Francisco on Thanksgiving 24-24.

 

Since 2006, the Dallas Cowboys are 6-1 in Week 15, despite being 13-18 in December in the same span. Comparatively, this is an improvement from 1999-05 when the Cowboys were 11-18 in December and 3-4 in Week 15 games.

 

The winning percentage of Dallas’ Week 15 opponents from 2006-12 has been .571, or roughly a 9-4 record. From 2008-09, the Cowboys faced the eventual top seed in the NFC, who had double digits wins at the time, and beat both teams (’08 Giants & ’09 Saints).

 

Since 2006, the eventual NFC East champion has gone 4-3 with two of those losses coming at home against divisional foes who were already eliminated from the playoffs (’07 Eagles & ’11 Redskins).

 

In initial games in the Dallas Cowboys’ new home venue, the Green Bay Packers are 3-0:

 

11/29/64 – @DAL, 45-21 – W

10/19/75 – @DAL, 19-17 – W

02/06/10 – PIT, 31-25 – W

 

In the second game, the Green Bay Packers are 1-1.

 

The Green Bay Packers have had to wait five seasons to play the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium, the same length of time they waited to play the Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl and Texas Stadium.

 

The Green Bay Packers have played for a world championship (1966 NFL Championship & Super Bowl XLV) in 2/3 of the Cowboys’ home venues.

 

Since 1960, the Green Bay Packers are 15-14 in games played in 15 degrees or colder. The Dallas Cowboys are 4-4.

 

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 8 straight times from 1991-96, including playoffs. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a worse losing streak against the Dallas Cowboys, losing 8 straight, including playoffs, from 1977-90.

 

It took Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys 11 seasons and six games to defeat the Green Bay Packers, finally doing so on 11/26/1970, a Thanksgiving game. Only the game streak is a franchise record, though Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys tied it with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Baltimore Ravens have since shattered the yearly record, going on 17 years that the Dallas Cowboys have not won their first game against them.

 

In stadiums opened since 2000, the Green Bay Packers are 19-17 against the home team.

 

This is the seventh instance of a franchise returning to the site of a Super Bowl win to play the home team for the first time. Super Bowl teams have a 4-2 advantage. (San

Francisco 49ers played two Super Bowls in Joe Robbie Stadium before playing the Dolphins there in 1995.)

 

This is also the first time that the home team will play the two Super Bowl teams in consecutive years that played in their stadium before the two teams played the home team. Both contests happened and will happen in Week 15.

 

The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl II in the Miami Orange Bowl in 1968. In 1971, the Packers returned to the Orange Bowl to play the home team Dolphins for the first time and lost 27-6.

 

The Green Bay Packers have 15 players on injured reserve compared to the Cowboys’ 9. The Packers also have 9 people on their injury report to the Cowboys’ 7. The 2010 Packers, for comparison, only had 12 players on injured reserve by Week 15, as did the 2012 Dallas Cowboys.

 

 

The last time the Dallas Cowboys played backup quarterbacks in consecutive games were Weeks 15-17 of 2010. They went 2-1 in that stretch, losing to rookie John Skelton and the Cardinals in Arizona.

 

The Dallas Cowboys are 3-5 in AT&T Stadium against visiting teams that are located in the Central Time Zone.

 

The Dallas Cowboys are 0-2 against the Green Bay Packers in December. Interestingly, both of these games occurred on the two “eves” in December: Christmas Eve (1989) and New Year’s Eve (1967).

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  • Peter Maiz

    A truly long novel length history lesson. No wonder I never read War and Peace. What I gather is that both teams have horrendous defenses, that Dallas has a great offense and that Green Bay doesn’t have Rodgers and a great offense. The only option I see for Green Bay is to score or to devour clock time and make first downs to leave Romo in the sidelines. You never know, San Diego just beat the broncos.