There are a ton of exciting matches on the 2024 NFL playoffs wild-card round schedule, and we’ve got all the information you need to prepare for the weekend. Every game’s most important details are provided by our NFL Nation writers, along with a daring prediction for every encounter.

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Every game also comes with a betting nugget and a major stat to know from Stats & Information, and our Football Power Index (FPI) goes beyond the data to estimate the outcome of the game. Seth Walder, an analytics writer, identifies the largest X factor for each matchup, Matt Bowen highlights a crucial game-planning matchup to monitor in every game, and Kevin Seifert provides us with officiating information.

Lastly, we get the final score predictions for each game from Walder and Eric Moody. To help you get ready for an exciting weekend of NFL playoffs football, all the information you need is conveniently located in one place.

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Let’s get into the whole wild-card slate, featuring Matthew Stafford’s return to Detroit.

Things to be aware of: From the 1967 NFL championship, also known as the Ice Bowl, to the 2014 divisional round when Dez Bryant either caught it or didn’t, to the 2016 divisional round when Aaron Rodgers’ 35-yard completion set up the game-winning field goal, Cowboys vs. Packers playoff games have left a lasting impression. Quarterback Dak Prescott was starting his first NFL playoffs game in the match.

Jordan Love, the quarterback, is starting his first postseason game in this match. After watching the past two games from the sidelines of the Packers, Dallas coach Mike McCarthy now has an opportunity to terminate the season of his old club and make it to the divisional round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

NFL Playoffs Prediction

Bold prediction: Both Packers running back Aaron Jones and Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will surpass 100 yards in a game that pits the NFL’s top two quarterbacks in touchdown passes this season (Prescott with 36, Love with 32).

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Three straight games at the close of the season saw Jones surpass 100 yards. In addition, Pollard, who just completed his second season with 1,000 yards, will be up against a Green Bay defense that ranks 28th in terms of running yards allowed per game this year.

Not to be missed: The Packers have an all-time record of 5-0 at AT&T Stadium, including wins in the playoffs (4-0 against the Cowboys and a victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV).

Factor X for matchup: Love. Theoretically, Dallas ought to win this game, and it shouldn’t be that close. However, Love and Prescott have been the top QBR players since Week 10. Green Bay has a genuine shot if Love plays a brilliant game.

Key to the game plan: Seeing if Dallas can set up some inside pass-rushing plays for Micah Parsons excites me. This season, his pass rush victory percentage of 35.4% topped the NFL, and there will be times when he kicks inside.

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Note for the officiating staff: The Cowboys have been outstanding this season at getting coverage penalties out of their opponents. They have been called for improper contact, defensive holding, and defensive pass interference a league-high 31 times. The Cowboys lead the league in first downs via penalties, and this is mostly because of that. However, the Packers’ shell coverage was only called for 16 coverage infractions, which ranks sixth in the NFL.

Nugget of wisdom for bettors: During the regular season, the Packers had an over/under record of 10-7. In the regular season, the Cowboys had an ATS record of 10-7 and an underscore of 9-8.

Moody’s prediction: Packers 21, Cowboys 34

Walder’s prediction: Packers 24, Cowboys 31

FPI forecast: DAL, 73.6% (with a 9.1-point average).


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