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The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions gave us a very controversial end to Wildcard weekend as the Cowboys got a 24-20 win to advance in this year's play-offs.

The game was filled with controversy as the Lions took a very early lead the Cowboys came from behind to get the win.

The controversy centered around a strange pass interference call as the Lions were driving to try and win the game.

The Lions were on third down deep into the fourth quarter when quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pass to tight-end Brandon Pettigrew.

The ball ended up bouncing off the back of Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens in a play that drew the yellow flags from the officials.

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The flag went down and the officials ruled pass interference on Hitchens which sent Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant crazy.

Then in a very shocking move, the officials picked up the flag and reversed the call meaning that the Lions lost their automatic first down and were forced to punt.

Social media sparked into life following the call with many fans claiming that the match was fixed for the Cowboys to emerge victorious.

Romo shows it all

If the match was fixed the Cowboys, they still made it hard for themselves as quarterback Tony Romo showed signs of reverting back to his old self in the game.

The Cowboys offense was less than effective in the first half as Romo was sacked three times and only threw for 149 yards - including a 76 yard touchdown pass.

Romo and the Cowboys were really struggling and slipped to an early 14-0 deficit including the Lions giving us the first 99 yard touchdown drive in the play-offs for 12 years.

Romo, Bryant and DeMarco Murray turned it round though as they led the team to two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half.

We saw the Romo of the previous years and the Romo of 2014 tonight and controversial or not, it was enough to move the Cowboys on to the Divisional round.

Preparing for Rodgers

The Cowboys will now go head to head with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers next Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Cowboys are 8-0 on the road this season and will pose a big threat to the Packers if they can play like they did in the second half tonight.

Rodgers and the Packers have looked unstoppable at times this year but the Cowboys will go to Wisconsin to offer them a new type of challenge.

Many believe that the Cowboys would give the Packers more of a match than the Lions would have but they will surely hope for less controversy if they are to advance to the NFC Championship game.

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