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Lions head to Dallas as sixth seed

December 29, 2014 17:36:50 UK

The Detroit Lions will hope that playing the Cowboys in Dallas is a better proposition that hosting the NFC East Division champions when the two sides meet in an NFC Wild Card game.

Winners of four in a row to take the Division over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys were a perfect 8-0 away from the AT & T Stadium in Arlington and a disappointing 4-4 at home.

Detroit arrives in town after missing the opportunity to win the NFC North and with it a first round bye. Matthew Stafford threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-41, but could not get the better of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers as Green Bay ran out 30-20 winners at Lambeau Field.

The victory allowed the Packers to snag the second seed in the NFC and the opportunity to heal up before playing in two weeks’ time.

Joining Green Bay with a bye are the Seattle Seahawks, who got the better of the St. Louis Rams to claim the NFC West Division crown.

The Seahawks areĀ 1.72 to win the NFC Championship, with the PackersĀ 3.40 and the Cowboys 7.00.

Over in Chicago the dismal performance of the Bears cost general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman their jobs on the now traditional Black Monday blood-letting in the NFL.

Losers of five straight to end the campaign, Chicago must also make a decision on quarterback Jay Cutler and that is likely to play a significant role in the search for a new head coach, with former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins boss Mike Shanahan being mooted in the press given his success working with Cutler in the past.

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