Resurgent Cowboys headline wildcard weekend

Thu Jan 1, 2015 12:42pm EST
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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.


Dec 21, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) dunks head coach Jason Garrett with Gatorade after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Colts 42-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports