Resurgent Cowboys headline wildcard weekend
By Simon Evans
MIAMI (Reuters) - The Dallas Cowboys return to the NFL playoffs on Sunday after a four-year absence seeking their first Super Bowl appearance since their victory in 1995.
'America's team' ended the regular season with four straight wins, including emphatic victories in the last two -- a 42-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts and a 44-17 cruise against the Washington Redskins.
On Sunday, the Cowboys host the Detroit Lions in the final game of the wildcard weekend.
The action starts with the Arizona Cardinals, hoping to advance to the Super Bowl which will be played at their own stadium, up against the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers, who enter the playoffs despite a losing 7-8 record.
Saturday's other game features two Northern powerhouses who are in the post-season despite being unable to live up to their recent best -- the Baltimore Ravens and the hosting Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cincinnati Bengals visit the Colts on Sunday before the Cowboys take center stage.
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