And then Grady Jackson and Brett Favre took control.
After Dallas converted a third-and-10 when Vinny Testaverde hit Keyshawn Johnson for a 29-yard catch and run, Jackson showed that he is, indeed, back. On first down, Testaverde completed a screen pass but Jackson, who had been out after dislocating his left kneecap on the third defensive play of the season, ran downfield and made the stop after just a minimal gain.
On third-and-4, Jackson batted down a Testaverde pass, but the Cowboys got a reprieve when they were flagged for delay of game. No matter, as Testaverde's pass in the flat to Richie Anderson was dropped.
While Dallas misfired on its third down, the Packers converted time and again on a 15-play, 79-yard touchdown drive. On third-and-3, Favre threw to Javon Walker, who reached behind him to make a great catch for 8 yards. On third-and-2, Favre hit fullback William Henderson for a first down, but the Packers were whistled for an illegal-shift penalty. Not a problem, as Favre — facing an all-out blitz — hit Antonio Chatman in stride, and the diminutive receiver took the short pass and converted it into a 12-yard gain and another first down at midfield.
After a short gain, Ahman Green took a second-down handoff to the left, reversed course and gained 6 yards to the Dallas 39 for a first down. Favre made the key block by taking out defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, and Green lowered his shoulder to run over Dallas linebacker Alshermond Singleton to get the final yard.
On a third-and-6, Favre whistled a pass to Walker on a slant, and Walker went into traffic to make the 9-yard gain.
Chatman then went 18 yards on an end-around, getting two key blocks from receiver Donald Driver. Driver took his man, cornerback Terence Newman, inside as if he were running a slant route. As Chatman broke to the outside, Driver knocked Newman to the turf, then helped hold off Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams to enable Chatman to pick up at least 5 more yards.
Moments later, Favre threw a dart to Walker for a 5-yard touchdown with 1:55 left in the half.
Suddenly Green Bay was up 17-6, and after the Packers forced a quick three-and-out, the offense turned a shanked punt into a field goal on the final play of the first half.
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