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Cowboys trail, 17-3, at halftime

MINNEAPOLIS -- We're at the break, and everybody needs one from the crowd noise and the poor Cowboys play toward the end of this first half.

Dallas trails, 17-3, at halftime in the NFC divisional round game at the Metrodome.

What's the problem?

Well, quarterback Tony Romo is running around for his life out there. Left tackle Flozell Adams is out with a strained right calf. Doug Free, who replaced Adams, failed to contain Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on his second snap, and Romo was stripped of the ball.

The turnover resulted in a 23-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell to push the Vikings lead to 17-3.

Dallas seemed to be doing well moving the ball, gaining 138 total yards on its first three possessions. But Dallas has minus-4 yards in total offense on its last three possessions.

The Cowboys have been unable to handle the Vikings pass rush in this game. Meanwhile, the Cowboys pass rush has been handled by the Vikings. Yes, Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware have sacks, but quarterback Brett Favre has still been effective.

Favre is 8-for-13 for 131 yards with two touchdowns.

Romo has been sacked four times and has completed 13-of-19 passes for 135 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Running back Marion Barber started this game despite a swollen knee. Barber has 12 yards on five carries.