The Inside Track

The Cowboys honored the 1977 and 1992 Super Bowl title teams at halftime of their Thursday 37-27 victory over the Packers.

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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