The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are headed to the AFC title game for the first time since 2015, and they’re the first teams to meet since the teams were created in the NFL in 1961.
Here are three things you need to know heading into the game:1.
Cowboys vs. Steelers: Which teams will be the best in the AFC?
After the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants on Sunday night, many wondered if this would be the first matchup between the two teams.
That wasn’t the case.
The Cowboys will have the advantage of playing the Steelers without their starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie, but the Steelers are also without a second cornerback in Antonio Brown and a third in Damion Squarepanderson.
The Cowboys, who have won four straight in Pittsburgh, are coming off a 31-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.
But this will be their first meeting in front of a sellout crowd at Heinz Field.2.
Cowboys at Chargers: Which team will be more dangerous?
The Chargers have been playing great defense, but their offensive line has been getting torched.
The team’s rushing attack, which had just three rushing touchdowns all year, has been a big reason for the Chargers to get away from the run.
But they’ve been getting hit for big yards, and that’s not going to go away.
The Chargers will need a strong performance from their offense if they want to take down the Cowboys in the second half.3.
Steelers vs. Cowboys: Which will have a more dominant defense?
The Steelers are coming into the matchup with a 10-6 record and an 11-5 record in games played against the Cowboys.
They’re also coming off back-to-back losses to the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, and the Cowboys have been struggling mightily this season.
The Steelers defense, however, has struggled to slow down the passing attack of the Cowboys’ offense.
The defense has allowed a combined 13 touchdown passes to the Steelers, but none have come from inside the Cowboys four-yard line.4.
Cowboys to Steelers: Who will get the ball first?
The Cowboys have the ball in the first quarter and a chance to make a big play in the red zone.
They’ll need to take advantage of a Steelers defense that has allowed an average of 10.6 points per game in the regular season.
But if the Cowboys get a touchdown, they’ll need the offense to score first in order to win.
The Steelers, meanwhile, will need to make the most of the first half for their own defense.
Pittsburgh is allowing the fourth-most points per drive, but only seven first downs in the four games against the Steelers.5.
Steelers to Cowboys: What will the score be?
The Cowboys and Steelers are playing for the right to move to 2-1.
It’s the first game in a rivalry that dates back to 1961, but it will be a very different one for the two franchises than the one that began with the Cowboys and the Steelers in the 1960s.
It will be interesting to see how this game plays out.6.
Steelers at Cowboys: Who needs the win more?
The first quarter has been an exciting one for both teams.
The first score will be crucial.
The offense has been so dominant that the Steelers have lost just one of their last five games at Hein