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GREEN BAY, Wis. - An impressive streak will come to an end on Sunday at Lambeau Field.The winner of the marquee playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers advances to the NFC championship game. The loser is relegated to a footnote in a first-of-its-kind meeting in the post-season.Dallas was perfect on the road this year, while Green Bay was perfect at home. Never before has an 8-0 road team in the regular season visited an 8-0 home team in the NFL playoffs.So youve got an immovable object going up against an unstoppable force, Packers fullback John Kuhn said. Which one is going to give, well find out.It should be pretty entertaining in the process.The offences have the potential to match each other score for score. The skill positions are stocked with stars, especially at quarterback.Dallas Tony Romo led the league in the regular season with a 113.2 passer rating, one point ahead of MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers.But the game may not come down to Rodgers right arm.Rodgers has been slowed the last couple weeks in practice by a strained left calf. He has vowed to play, though mobility might be an issue.All signs at the end of the week pointed to Rodgers being ready to go. Rodgers, who was listed as probable on the injury report, can do just as much damage standing the pocket as on the move.Plus, Green Bays offensive line has played well all year.He looks like hes moving fine to me right now. (We are) not going to change anything or our approach of how we want to attack Dallas defence, coach Mike McCarthy said.Most teams might be fretting at the prospect of facing Rodgers at Lambeau, where the Packers have had long stretches of dominance with the ball.The Cowboys seem unfazed. In fact, theyre quite comfortable on the road.We just kind of put our head down and go to work, Romo said. I dont know that we really get affected by where were playing or who were going against and that sort of thing.Here are some things to watch ahead of the teams first meeting since the Packers had a come-from-behind 37-36 win in 2013 in Dallas:CALF WATCH: The most closely-monitored leg muscle in Wisconsin belonged to Rodgers, who first hurt his left calf three weeks ago. He hasnt practiced much over the last week in order to focus on treatment, though most teammates think their veteran leader could play well without any practice at all.No, Im going Sunday. Just a matter of how, Rodgers said at midweek.McCarthy expects Dallas to stick with a typical scheme that doesnt include much blitzing. The Packers could also line up Rodgers in more shotgun formations to limit his steps.CLEARED COWBOYS: Linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Jeremy Mincey cleared concussion tests and practiced Friday after missing the first two workouts of the week dealing with symptoms coming out of the win over Detroit. They are important pieces for the Cowboys, especially against the potent Packers.McClain, though hes had a hard time staying on the field late in the season, has been a stabilizer as a late addition before training camp after Sean Lee was lost for the year to a knee injury.Mincey, who joined Dallas as a free agent after going to the Super Bowl with Denver last season, has been a leader for the line and came on late to lead the team with seven sacks.SLOWING DOWN?: NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray ran for at least 100 yards in 10 of the first 11 games, but has been held under the century mark in four of the past six games, including 75 against the Lions. Hes up to 411 carries and is closing in on doubling his previous career high of 217.I feel fresh, said Murray, who has 1,920 yards in 17 games. I havent missed time. Im feeling good.CLAMPING DOWN: Green Bays run defence improved in the second half of the season. Once the worst unit against the run in the league, the Packers started giving Clay Matthews more snaps at inside linebacker at midseason to help tighten up against the ground game.But stopping Murray will by far be the toughest test for the improved run defence.THIRD GO-ROUND: Romo and Jason Witten have their third chance to reach the NFC championship game. After losing a division-round game to the New York Giants as the No. 1 seed in the NFC during the 2007 season, they followed a wild-card win over Philadelphia with a blowout loss to Brett Favre and Minnesota two years later. Its just exciting to be in this position, Witten said. So much work and the challenges to get back here, you dont take that for granted.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL___AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this story. Jonathan Cooper Jersey . -- Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night. DeMarcus Ware Jersey . Tony Parker had 33 points and nine assists and San Antonio never trailed in a resounding 116-92 victory over Portland, bullying the younger Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. http://www.thecowboysfansmall.com/c-12-customized.aspx. The team reported the signing on its website Thursday, but said Friday the deal was off in "a mutual parting of the ways that had to do with the language of the contract. Emmitt Smith Jersey . Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier and Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist each as the Sea Dogs extended the longest streak in the Canadian Hockey League this season. Damien Wilson Jersey . There are practical ideas, like this Chewbaca inspired Star Wars jerseys. Star Wars themed jerseys for the Toledo Mud Hens.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist didnt start this night with a ceremony in his honour, and he didnt finish it with a shutout. However, he and the New York Rangers skated off the ice Wednesday with a key 3-1 victory over the rival Philadelphia Flyers and an important two points in the Metropolitan Division playoff race. Lundqvist stopped 30 shots and came within 1:53 of his second shutout in three games. That was enough to earn his 30th win — a mark he has reached eight times in his nine-season NHL career. "It was huge. I thought we played a really strong game," said Lundqvist, who is in 24th place on the NHL win list with 306. "We just have to keep going, not think too much, just keep on our details." Lundqvist was honoured Monday for recently breaking the Rangers records for career wins and shutouts. The Rangers stretched their season-best winning streak to five games, and now embark on a four-game, Western Conference trip. It is their longest winning run since another five-game spurt from Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan. 10, 2012. The second-place Rangers moved three points ahead of third-place Philadelphia by winning what could be a playoff preview. New York has eight games remaining, and the Flyers have 10 left. "Its going to pay off to not make it too complicated for ourselves or think about the standings," Lundqvist said. Derek Dorsett scored in the first period, defenceman Ryan McDonagh added a goal in the second, and Dominic Moore made it 3-0 in the third against Steve Mason, who made 26 saves. The Flyers Jakub Voracek scored his 21st goal off a faceoff with 1:53 to go to make it 3-1. Voracek scored for the third straight game, but it was too little, too late for Philadelphia. The Flyers, who had a five-game winning streak broken against Los Angeles on Monday, have dropped two in a row for the first time since an 0-3-1 skid from Jan. 20-25. "We didnt play our game. We didnt have energy. It was a weird game," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "We have to do a better job of getting ready. We had some big wins over good teams lately. Now we need some rest." McDonagh, who has been on an offensive hot streak recently, did it all in scoring his 14th of the season to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. He stopped a clearing attempt at the centre of the blue line, skated into the right circle, and snapped off a hard, rising wrist shot that nestled into the top right corner of the net. "We were able to catch them throwing pucks, and our D and eveerybody did a good job keeping pucks alive," McDonagh said.dddddddddddd "We really wore them down in the offensive zone." McDonagh, who assisted on the Rangers tying goal late in regulation against Phoenix on Monday and then netted the winner in overtime as part of a career-best, three-point night, has six goals and seven assists in his past 13 games. "For any team to win, you need your top players playing at a high level," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "(Lundqvist) has found his game, and Ryan McDonagh has just been a force out there. Hes got to be getting some consideration for the Norris (Trophy) the way he is playing offensively and defensively." Lundqvist did the rest in a quieter second period when his teammates outshot the Flyers 17-10. He moved well and didnt seem bothered by constant traffic in the crease. His best stop came with 5:23 left when he slid to his right to get his pad on a shot by Adam Hall off a rebound in tight. He then sprawled on his stomach and covered the puck with his glove. In the opening minute of the second, Lundqvist denied Wayne Simmonds on a redirected shot and then pounced on the rebound. Moore gave Lundqvist breathing room when he scored his sixth of the season with 12:21 remaining. "We didnt come out with our best effort," Mason said. "We have to be better in big games like this." Despite being outshot and outchanced by Philadelphia in the first, the Rangers carried a 1-0 lead into the intermission thanks to Dorsetts fourth of the season. Mason tried to swing the puck from behind his net up the left-wing boards, but it was intercepted by Brian Boyle along the wall. Boyle sent the puck in front to Dorsett, who knocked it down, gathered it and sent in a backhander at 8:41. The Flyers picked up the pace and built a 15-6 shots edge in the first and nearly tied it during a late power play. "Philly dominated us as far as shots, and they got some chances on that power play at the end," Vigneault said of the first period, "but that is when your goaltender has to come up big. "When we had some breakdowns, he was the difference." NOTES: With Chris Kreider sidelined by a hand injury, the Rangers called up centre J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL). Kreider wont accompany New York on its trip that begins Friday at Calgary. ... The Flyers fell to 8-3-1 in March and 12-4-1 since Feb. 1. ... The Rangers have won eight straight over the Flyers at home, dating to March 6, 2011. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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