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Game Leaders
 Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings
Pass: Tony Romo (22-35, 198) Brett Favre (15-24, 234)
Rush: Felix Jones (14-69) Adrian Peterson (26-63)
Rec: Jason Witten (10-98) Sidney Rice (6-141)
Dallas Cowboys
Complete Report Card Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings' offense didn't have to score much, but Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes, three to Sidney Rice, who is a full-fledged star. The Cowboys did nothing on offense. Tony Romo was jumpy all day, the pressure getting to him all afternoon. The Dallas defense was put in some bad situations by the offense.
Uh-oh. If I'm Wade Phillips I'm nervous. Most people figure one playoff win guaranteed his return, but I'm not so sure -- not after that disgraceful performance. What I am sure of is that owner Jerry Jones' allegiance to Phillips is going to be put to the fire. Tell me again how Brett Favre created "a schism" in the Minnesota locker room. Maybe someone should've created one in the Cowboys' locker room.
Top Performers
Cowboys TE Jason Witten Jason Witten led the Cowboys in receiving with 10 catches for 98 yards.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo Tony Romo finished with 198 total passing yards despite consistent pressure from the Vikings defense. The Cowboys fell behind early, forcing Romo to air it out and play catch-up.
Vikings DE Ray Edwards Ray Edwards bullied the Cowboys all day, recording three QB sacks, five tackles and one forced fumble to keep the Dallas offense on its heels.

Vikings WR Sidney Rice Sidney Rice led the Vikings receiving corps with 141 yards and three touchdowns, including a 47-yard scoring catch that gave Minnesota an early lead.
Photo Gallery
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Vikings celebrates his 47-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice in the first quarter against the Cowboys. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Expert Picks (against the spread)
Harmon: The Cowboys will have a harder time running the ball on the Vikings than they did vs. Dallas, but the aggressive Cowboys defense will be a headache for Favre.
Prisco: That defense will create problems for the Minnesota offense. And I think Tony Romo outplays Brett Favre.
Judge: Too many weapons for Vikings' secondary.
Madden: Great, the Cowboys can beat the Eagles. Favre in the dome is a tougher challenge.
Richard: Line is begging me to take Vikings, so I am. They're 8-0 at home with only one win by less than three points.
Urbano: I hate Favre and I hate the Cowboys. At least the Vikings have Adrian Peterson.
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Video Recap (AP) Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes, and the Vikings' defense put the clamps on the Dallas Cowboys in a 34-3 victory Sunday that sent Minnesota to the NFC title game.
Sidney Rice had six catches for 141 yards and three touchdowns and the Vikings sacked Tony Romo six times to earn a trip to New Orleans. The Vikings (13-4) will try for their first Super Bowl berth since 1977.
Community Take
Steelers_11: Wow Cowboy fans... big letdown against the Vikings. Although Tony Romo wasn't as good as he should have been, a lot of blame needs to be put on the offensive line and the coaching of Wade Phillips. Jared Allen seemed to have his way with the Dallas line, and they were constantly putting pressure on Romo. Romo looked like headless chicken running around back there. The Vikings defense brought it today... and the Cowboys had no answer. Where was Miles Austin and the big plays? There didn't seem to be any creativity in the play-calling and, and they didn't change anything from their original game plan. If it's not working, do something different! Another painful Dallas loss, but they will be back... and hopefully Wade Phillips won't be. (He~Rs 1-5 in the postseason.) As for the Vikings, well, what can you say? Brett Favre played like the legend that he is, and the defense looks fierce again. I said it before; this team has all the weapons to win a Super Bowl. But it will be in tough against the high-flying Saints. Can Favre match Drew Brees? We shall see next week.