But the biggest applause from the fans at Texas Stadium was reserved for the new kids on the block -- the 2007 Cowboys who are off to the best start in franchise history at 11-1 and are now one step closer to making a championship run of their own.
"This was two 10-1 teams," Cowboys coach Wade Phillip said. "Somebody
had to step forward and we stepped forward."
The Cowboys have the inside track to home-field advantage in the NFC
playoffs over the Packers (10-2).
"We knew the magnitude of the game," wide receiver Terrell Owens
said. "We got ourselves in the driver's seat. We are excited about where
we are. Our goal is get to the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl."
Added wide receiver Patrick Crayton, "They were able to celebrate the
'92 and '77 teams. That's what we're trying to do, bring another ring
back to Dallas."
Although the Cowboys play three of their final four regular-season
games on the road -- starting Dec. 9 against the Detroit Lions following
a nine-day layoff -- a 15-1 finish is in the realm of possibility. They
should be favored in all four contests.
"This says we are a pretty good football team," quarterback Tony Romo
said. "We are playing good football right now. Hopefully we will go into
the playoffs on a winning streak and see what we can do."
--LB Greg Ellis had two sacks against the Packers, giving him 10.5
for season. It's a new single-season career best for Ellis. It also
earned him a cool $250,000 bonus for getting 10 or more sacks. Not bad
for a player who began the season on the injured and list and openly
contemplated retirement while he was recovering from a torn left
Achilles during the offseason.
--QB Tony Romo knows how to be kind to his elders. He also knows when
to show off.
With legendary Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman in
attendance Thursday, Romo became the franchise record holder for
touchdown passes in a season with 33.
He entered the game tied with Danny White with 29 but that was before he
tossed four touchdown passes against the Packers.
"I knew they'd be here, so I waited for one more week," Romo said.
"Those guys are legends of the game, and I just appreciate them being
nice to me."
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