Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
Game time: Saturday, Jan. 5, 8:15 p.m. EST
Historical matchup: Dallas Cowboys lead series 10-9-0
The Seattle Seahawks emerged as 24-13 victors back in Week 3 over the Dallas Cowboys, which saved them from an 0-3 start and a large uphill climb to reach the playoffs. Both squads missed out on extra football last season, but things shook out better in 2018 with the Cowboys earning an NFC East championship and the Seahawks the top wild-card spot.
Dallas was already locked into their playoff seeding entering last Sunday’s battle with the New York Giants, but elected to play most of their starters in a come-from-behind victory that they hope will provide some momentum heading into the postseason. Halfway through the season with a 3-5 record and coach Jason Garrett’s job in jeopardy, the Cowboys turned their season around with a trade for wide receiver Amari Cooper. In nine games with Dallas, Cooper is averaging nearly six catches per game and over 80 yards receiving per game, which is consistency they were lacking.
Seattle also had a playoff spot wrapped up entering their matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, but head coach Pete Carroll hoped to grab some momentum to carry into January as well. While the Seahawks eked out a 27-24 victory, it was anything but pretty. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked six times, and the Seahawks had two punts blocked in the game.
These two have some unique playoffs history: When they last met in the postseason in 2006, then-quarterback Tony Romo was also the holder for field goals and infamously botched what would have been a go-ahead kick, leading to a 21-20 Seahawks victory.
By: Nick Bornheimer