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A Look at the Packers' Potential Divisional Opponents

Here's a statistical snapshot of each of the three teams the Packers could play next week.

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With the Wild Card round games nearly upon us, here is a look at each of the three teams whom the Green Bay Packers may face in next week's Divisional Round game.

If the Cowboys defeat the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon, Dallas will come to Lambeau Field seven days later; if Detroit is victorious, the winner of the 4-5 game between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers will make the trek North.

Here is a look at each team's 2014 statistics and key players, along with a look back at their most recent games against Green Bay.

Dallas Cowboys (3)

12-4, 1st place NFC East


Passing: 236.5 yards/game (16th in NFL), 37 touchdowns (4th), 11 interceptions (7th), 30 sacks allowed (T-9th)
Rushing: 147.1 yards/game (2nd), 16 touchdowns (5th), 4.6 yards/carry (T-3rd)

QB Tony Romo: 304/435 (69.9%), 3,705 yards, 34 TDs, 9 INTs
RB DeMarco Murray: 392 carries, 1,845 yards (4.7 YPC), 13 TDs; 57 receptions, 416 yards (7.3 YPR)
WR Dez Bryant: 88 receptions, 1,320 yards (15.0 YPR), 16 TDs


Passing: 251.9 yards/game (26th), 22 touchdowns (T-6th), 18 interceptions (T-7th), 28 sacks (28th)
Rushing: 103.1 yards/game (8th), 18 touchdowns (31st), 4.2 yards/carry (T-15th)

Key defenders: DE Jeremy Mincey (6.0 sacks), SLB Bruce Carter (5 INTs, one returned for TD), FS J.J. Wilcox (3 INTs, 1 FF)

Last Meeting

The week 15 meeting between these two teams in 2013 was a comeback for the ages. With Matt Flynn starting in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers, the Packers were down 26-3 at the half, but scored five times in the second half to win a 37-36 thriller and keep their playoff hopes very much alive. Eddie Lacy had his second-best rushing day as a pro, running for 141 yards on 21 carries and scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 1:34 left.

Carolina Panthers (4)

7-8-1, 1st place NFC South


Passing: 219.4 yards/game (19th), 23 touchdowns (16th), 12 interceptions (T-8th), 42 sacks allowed (T-20th)
Rushing: 127.3 yards/game (7th), 10 touchdowns (T-21st), 4.3 yards/carry (13th)

QB Cam Newton: 262/448 (58.5%), 3,127 yards, 18 TDs, 12 INTs; 103 carries, 539 yards (5.2 YPC), 5 TDs
RB Jonathan Stewart: 175 carries, 809 yards (4.6 YPC), 3 TDs; 25 receptions, 181 yards (7.2 YPR), 1 TD
WR Kelvin Benjamin: 73 receptions, 1,008 yards (13.8 YPR), 9 TDs
TE Greg Olsen: 84 receptions, 1,008 yards (12.0 YPR), 6 TDs


Passing: 227.8 yards/game (11th), 25 touchdowns (T-15th), 14 interceptions (T-14th), 40 sacks (T-12th)
Rushing: 112.0 yards/game (16th), 14 touchdowns (T-21st), 4.5 yards/carry (T-27th)

Key defenders: DE Charles Johnson (8.5 sacks), MLB Luke Kuechly (3.0 sacks, 153 tackles, 1 INT), SS Roman Harper (4 INTs, one returned for TD)

Last Meeting

In week 7 earlier this season, the Packers defeated Carolina 38-17 at Lambeau Field. Green Bay led 28-3 at halftime, as Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 22 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Eddie Lacy and James Starks combined for 99 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Julius Peppers recorded 1.5 sacks in the win.

Arizona Cardinals (5)

11-5, 2nd place NFC West


Passing: 238.0 yards/game (14th), 21 touchdowns (T-20th), 12 interceptions (T-8th), 28 sacks allowed (T-6th)
Rushing: 81.8 yards/game (31st), 6 touchdowns (T-29th), 3.3 yards/carry (32nd)

QB Ryan Lindley: 45/93 (48.4%), 562 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INT
RB Kerwynn Williams: 53 carries, 246 yards (4.6 YPC)
WR Larry Fitzgerald: 63 receptions, 784 yards (12.4 YPR), 2 TDs
WR Michael Floyd: 47 receptions, 841 yards (17.9 YPR), 6 TDs


Passing: 259.5 yards/game (29th), 22 touchdowns (T-6th), 18 interceptions (T-7th), 35 sacks (24th)
Rushing: 108.7 yards/game (13th), 9 touchdowns (T-8th), 4.4 yards/carry (T-25th)

Key defenders: CB Patrick Peterson (3 INTs, 7 passes defended), CB Antonio Cromartie (3 INTs, 1 fumble recovery for TD, 10 passes defended), FS Rashad Johnson (4 INTs, 2 returned for TDs), DE Calais Campbell (7.0 sacks)

Last Meeting

The Packers and Cardinals last met midway through the 2012 season, when the Packers defeated Arizona 31-17 at Lambeau FIeld. Aaron Rodgers completed fewer than 50% of his passes (14-of-30), but still threw for four touchdowns including a 72-yarder to tight end Tom Crabtree. The Packers ran the ball often in this game, racking up 176 rushing yards on 39 carries. Arizona was forced to start John Skelton in the game as opening-week starter Kevin Kolb was injured a few weeks earlier; Skelton threw for 306 yards, but was just 23 for 46 and was picked off once.