Ahman Green and Brett Favre once again turned Lambeau Field into a home-field advantage.
Green rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns and Favre threw
for two scores as the Green Bay Packers coasted to a 41-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Looking to avoid going 0-4 at Lambeau Field for the first time
since 1988, the Packers completely dominated the Cowboys in what
was a key NFC game between teams that have gotten off to
"We made some strides today, converting nine out of 12 third
downs," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "Certainly when you do
that, and when you're pretty good in the red zone you're going
to score points and move the football."
Green enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring on a one-yard
run in the second quarter and a 90-yard jaunt in the third
quarter that gave the Packers a 41-13 bulge. He needed just 15
carries en route to his third 100-yard game of the season.
Just 1-8 including playoffs lifetime against the Cowboys, Favre
also did his part, completing 23-of-29 passes for 258 yards. He
threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker in the second
quarter and connected with Donald Driver on a 33-yard scoring
play in a 21-point third quarter.
"I feel like we executed better, the way we should have from the
start," said Favre, who has thrown a TD pass in 32 straight
games. "Our third down (success) this year has been by far the
best since I've been here, long yardage or short yardage."
Walker had eight catches for 129 yards.
Green Bay held a 480-362 advantage in total yards.
Running back Tony Fisher also threw an eight-yard TD pass to
tight end Bubba Franks in the third quarter for the Packers
(3-4), who have scored 79 points in winning their last two
"We should expect this," Sherman said. "We should expect to win
at home. Even though we had a very worthy opponent today, in
front of our crowd and our stadium, we expect to win. There is a
comfort in knowing that we won our last two and that there is a
great chemistry in the locker room. If we didn't have the right
guys in the locker room, we wouldn't have been able to win
today, or last week or hopefully in the future.
Vinny Testaverde went 23-of-35 for 308 yards and a touchdown for
the Cowboys, who have lost three straight for the first time in
two seasons under coach Bill Parcells.
"The whole defense was really poor today," Parcells said. "We're
in a bad way injury wise. (Terry) Glenn sprained his foot in
the first quarter. Quincy Morgan pulled a hamstring on the final
play of the game. I guess we must go back to the drawing board
and that goes for me too. What I'm doing is not working
Eddie George scored on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter for
Dallas. He rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries.
The Packers' run defensive was solidified by the return of
375-pound tackle Grady Jackson, who had missed the last five
game with a dislocated kneecap.
"I went out and the knee felt great," Jackson said. "We tried to
take Eddie George and the run out of the game and put it all on
Vinny. Last year we had a slow start (3-4) and I joined the
team and we really picked it up defensively. We can do it again
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