To say it took a while for Tony Romo to heat up as he threw a costly interception in the end zone at the end of the first quarter, and nearly lost a fumble at the end of the second that would have cost the Cowboys another three points would be an understatement. In fact, it wouldn't be until Felix Jones took over late in the second quarter with an electrifying 60-yard touchdown run to put Dallas up 10-6 the Dallas offense would truly get in gear. Romo would find Miles Austin for a 63-yard completion to setup a 2-yard Marion Barber TD run at the end of the third quarter to put Dallas up 20-9 and that was essentially the game. Romo then connected with Austin again from 52-yards out in the fourth quarter, on third down and 20 no less, to put the icing on the cake. The slow start combined with the intentional grounding and holding penalties and a late Marion Barber fumble keep Dallas from getting the "A."
Who would have thought before this game Anthony Henry would record two sacks, including a critical tackle of Aaron Rodgers behind the line of scrimmage on third-and-goal in the third quarter? Kudos to Wade Phillips and Brian Stewart for bringing pressure at key moments throughout Sunday night's game. Whenever the Packers went to an empty backfield, Dallas blitzed and it paid off time after time with either a sack or a rushed throw from Rodgers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-
The always reliable Mat McBriar shanked a second quarter punt and the Cowboys also had two block in the back penalties in the same quarter on a punt return. McBriar did rebound in a very big way, booming a 65-yarder in the third quarter. Nick Folk continues to do what he does best- make every field goal he attempts and Monday night those attempts came from 25 and 39 yards.
It's talked about a lot amongst Cowboys fans, but probably not enough when you consider just how good he is. Jason Garrett as a play caller is phenomenal ... from perfectly timed draw plays to interchanging Felix Jones and Marion Barber beautifully- Garrett has a great feel for play-calling to go along with personnel. Defensively, again credit Wade Phillips and Brian Stewart for getting pressure on Aaron Rodgers and keeping the Packers out of the end zone most of the night.
Hey, the Cowboys had never won a game at Lambeau Field until Monday night- so how could you not be pleased? After getting off to a slow start the Cowboys kicked it in overdrive and cruised to an easy win. If Dallas isn't the best team in the NFL right now ... who is?
GRADES: Thank You Miles Austin
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