Green Bay 28, Dallas 7 and the Packers looked like a team in the run for the playoffs while the Cowboys looked like a team in the race for the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't have an MVP-like performance like he did against Dallas in the divisional playoffs earlier in January, but he did go 22/35 for 218 yards, two touchdowns, and a 99.5 passer rating. Cowboys defense ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Greg Hardy were able to drop him for a total of two sacks.
The Packers ground game took the air out of the ball as running back Eddie Lacy carried 24 times for 124 yards and a touchdown, and reserve James Starks had 11 rushes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Dallas safety Barry Church led the Cowboys with 11 tackles, and linebacker Sean Lee tied that mark with 11 tackles as well.
Tight end Jason Witten led Dallas with five catches for 40 yards. Receiver Terrance Williams grabbed three passes for 38 yards, identical to fellow receiver Dez Bryant's statline in the aforementioned divisional playoffs where Bryant was robbed of a catch on fourth-and-1 late in the game. Today, Bryant also had another catch, this one of 38 yards, nullified when Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who is 4/5 on challenges, threw the red flag and referee Brad Allen overturned the reception call. Bryant finished the game with one catch for nine yards.
Matt Cassel finished the game going 13/29 for 114 yards, an interception, and a 41.5 passer rating. Cassel cost Dallas of a score on their opening drive when he threw an interception to Packers cornerback Sam Shields on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line.
Dallas running backs Darren McFadden and Robert Turbin each had respectable outings at Lambeau Field. McFadden carried the ball nine times for 111 yards, and Turbin had the Cowboys' lone touchdown with his seven-yard rush in the third quarter. He finished with seven carries for 51 yards.
Once again, Dallas finished the game converting just one third-down: 1/11. The Packers managed to convert seven third-downs on 14 attempts, highlighting the difference in quarterback play on both sides and command of the offenses.
James Starks caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers with 9:55 to go in the second quarter to give Green Bay a 7-0 lead.
The Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection hooked up on a three-yard touchdown pass with 2:45 to go in the second quarter to extend Green Bay's lead to 14-0.
Robert Turbin scores on a seven-yard touchdown run with 8:28 to go in the third quarter to make it 14-7 Packers.
Starks scores a 30-yard touchdown with 4:44 to go in the fourth quarter to give Green Bay a 21-7 lead.
With 2:50 to go in the game, Lacy scored on a one-yard touchdown rush to establish a firm 28-7 Green Bay lead and send the Cowboys packing.
And now we start turning our attention to "playing the young guys'' and calculating just how early Dallas can pick in the NFL Draft. But even now, the Cowboys players themselves cannot think that way, as Barry Church tells our Mike Fisher that "anking "is something fans can think about. Not one guy in here thinks that way.''
* McFadden's 50-yard run ties for the third-longest run of his career. His 45-yard run pushed him past 5,000 career rushing yards.
* McFaddens' 12.3 yards per average was the highest of his career.
* Brad Allen, who averaged four offensive holding calls per game coming into this week, sixth-fewest in the NFL, called three against the Packers today. In total, he called five.
* Bryant's lone catch for nine yards is the sixth game in his career being held to one catch. The nine yards is the third-lowest yardage total for his career.
* The Cowboys have now put together their 18th losing season in franchise history and Garrett's second, more than his two predecessors, Bill Parcells (2004) and Wade Phillips (2010).
* Cassel had his 47th game with 100 yards passing or less.
* Turbin scored the first-ever rushing touchdown of his career.
*Is all of this only about the absence of the MVP-caliber? "We've got more work to do,'' owner Jerry Jones said after the loss, "than just getting Romo healthy."