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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Pregame scene from the Metrodome

By Calvin Watkins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Welcome to the Metrodome for the NFC divisional round game between the Cowboys and Vikings.

Here are Cowboys inactives: Stephen McGee is the third quarterback. CB Cletis Gordon, S Mike Hamlin, LB Jason Williams, C/G Duke Preston, T Pat McQuistan and LB Curtis Johnson.

Expect Marion Barber to start at running back today with his swollen knee.

Here are the Vikings inactives: Sage Rosenfels is the third quarterback. Wr Jaymar Johnson, CB Karl Paymah, TE Garrett Mills, LB J Leman, C Jon Cooper, DE Jayme Mitchell and DT Letroy Guion.

It's cold outside, of course. The conditions inside are great. Ran into one of the Vikings' assistant coaches, and he said he expects a close game. (That's insightful.)