Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings: NFC Divisional Round

former writerCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 03:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Giants on January 3, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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This might be the most marquee matchup of any game this weekend.

Brett Favre vs. the Cowboys in the dome.

The first 40-year-old quarterback to have a realistic shot at winning a Super Bowl.

The Cowboys are on a roll right now and they now have the daunting task of going into the Metrodome, where the Vikings are undefeated in eight home games this season.

Favre has 12 playoff wins, Tony Romo is coming off his first career playoff win.

The Vikings are fifth in total offense, the Cowboys are second.

No team in the NFC has been hotter in December and January than the Dallas Cowboys. Who would have thought that would be the case?

All the talk about the Cowboys and coach Wade Phillips is that they couldn't win big games down the stretch, they couldn't win big division games, and they couldn't win playoff games.

Well, so much for that. Tony Romo is playing the best football of his career, coming off a season where he threw 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. That was good for 4,483 yards and a career-high 97.6 passer rating.

The Cowboys defense has held up their end of the bargain as well.

In Week 15 against previously undefeated New Orleans, the Cowboys held the Saints' top-ranked offense to only 17 points.

The final two weeks of the regular season, Dallas shut out two division rivals.

Last week they took care of the Eagles for the second straight week.

So can Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and company break through and put some serious points against the Cowboys like they did against the Giants in their regular season finale two weeks ago?

Call me superstitious, but I think the football gods intervene in this one.

I just can't see the football gods letting Brett Favre do what he did. We all know what he did, we saw him do it last year with the Jets. Favre "retired" and waited until the third week of the preseason to come out of retirement to take over the Vikings.

He manipulated his way out of Green Bay two years ago for this very opportunity. He knew they were the perfect fit. A team with a great running game, young, talented receivers, a stifling defense but no quarterback to take them from "playoff team" to "Super Bowl contender."

It still doesn't sit right with me. There are 52 other players on the Vikings roster who have been busting their behinds since June to make the team, get into shape, be ready for the season. Then two weeks before the season starts, Brett Favre shows up and has the best season of his career.

You've got to give Favre credit for that. He didn't try to do too much, like he did last year with the Jets. His shoulder/biceps injury cost the Jets their season after an 8-3 start. (The silver lining was Mangini's firing and the subsequent hiring of franchise-coach-in-the-making, Rex Ryan, but I digress.)

No quarterback in the history of pro football has ever skipped out on training camp and the preseason and won a Super Bowl. The way I see it, it won't happen this year either.

Dallas will go into Minnesota and hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season at the worst possible time for Vikings fans.

Cowboys 24, Vikings 20.

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