Tonight, the Cowboys destroyed the Eagles again, earning themselves a trip to the Metrodome, with a berth in the NFC Championship Game on the line.
The Cowboys have been arguably the most impressive team in the NFC over the past month. Their great run started in Week 15 with a surprising victory over the then-undefeated Saints in New Orleans, and has reached a crescendo with consecutive blow-out wins over division rival Philly.
Their next opponent is a Vikings team that was itself, for a time, arguably the most impressive squad in the NFC. But the Vikes lost some of their luster when they dropped three of their final five, their two wins coming against a Bengals team that has since been exposed as mediocre, and a Giants team that had clearly packed it in emotionally.
What I’m trying to say is, if momentum means anything, the Cowboys have a huge advantage even though the game is in Minnesota, where the Vikings went 8-0 during the regular season. And then there’s that whole DeMarcus Ware vs. Bryant McKinnie match-up, the thought of which should be enough to send a shudder down the spine of even the most upbeat Purple fan.
Of course, the match-up all the big media outlets will be discussing is at quarterback. Brett Favre seeks to pad his legendary resume by making a third Super Bowl, while Tony Romo, who until today had never won a playoff game, looks to claim his first career championship, and join the likes of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach in the Cowboys QB pantheon.
There will be storylines galore leading into this one, for sure. I’m already preparing for coverage overload. And lots of experts predicting a Cowboys victory.