Today's game

January 14, 1996

Packers (13-5) at Cowboys (13-4)

Site: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 45, 5/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Cowboys by 9

Injuries: Packers -- DT Gilbert Brown (knee) is questionable; DE Reggie White (hamstring) is probable. Cowboys -- WR Oronde Gadsden (ankle) is out; DE Charles Haley (back) is questionable; TE Eric Bjornson (abdomen), DT Russell Maryland (foot-toe), TE Jay Novacek (knee), G Larry Allen (wrist), DE Shante Carver (hand), LB Dixon Edwards (pectoral), DT Chad Hennings (Achilles), LB Robert Jones (abdomen), S Brock Marion (thumb), LB Godfrey Myles (shoulder), RB Emmitt Smith (ribs), DE Tony Tolbert (knee), T Erik Williams (knee-thumb), S Darren Woodson (shoulder), S Bill Bates (hand), CB Larry Brown (shoulder), FB Daryl Johnston (elbow) and C Derek Kennard (Achilles) are probable.

Outlook: The Cowboys may find it tougher to stop Brett Favre than they did when they beat Green Bay in October, 34-24. Favre isn't throwing as many wild passes as he used to. In two playoff games, he has completed 71.4 percent of his passes, with five TDs and no interceptions. RB Edgar Bennett rushed for more than 1,000 yards and caught 61 passes. Favre's favorite target is Robert Brooks (102 catches, 1,497 yards). He also throws often to WRs Anthony Morgan and Mark Ingram, FB Dorsey Levens and TEs Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson. Rookie Antonio Freeman (Poly) became a deep threat late in the season, and Jackson had four catches for 101 yards in last week's win over the 49ers. The Packers' underrated defense has to cope with QB Troy Aikman, RB Emmitt Smith and WR Michael Irvin, probably the NFL's most potent trio at those positions. The key to the offense may be the line, which averages 318 pounds and includes four past or present Pro Bowl players -- tackles Erik Williams and Mark Tuinei and guards Nate Newton and Larry Allen. If they protect Aikman and open holes for Smith, the Cowboys will be hard to stop.

Vito Stellino's pick: Cowboys 24, Packers 20 -- You don't think Jerry Jones is going to gloat just a bit if he gets to the Super Bowl without Jimmy Johnson, do you?

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