Packers-Cowboys: Winning by the Numbers

We have 20 story-telling numbers that tell you why Eddie Lacy and Co. rumbled past the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at warm and rainy Lambeau Field.

Minus-6: Punt return yards allowed by the Packers. Tim Masthay finished with a net average of 44.7.

0: Giveaways by the Packers, the franchise-record-tying eighth time they’ve done that this season. Green Bay went turnover-free in eight games in 2009, as well.

1: Catch by Dez Bryant, equaling the second-fewest catches of the 2010 first-round pick’s career. He’s been held without a catch just once, in Week 11 of his rookie season.

3: Tackles by Jeff Janis (two solo, one assisted) on the Cowboys’ punt returns. Those plays resulted in 2-yard losses each time, accounting for the aforementioned minus-6.

4: Plays of 14-plus yards by the Cowboys.

5: Consecutive wins by the Packers over the Cowboys.

6: Consecutive games in which Aaron Rodgers had been beaten by the opposing quarterback in passer rating, a streak snapped on Sunday with Rodgers as 99.5 and Matt Cassel at 41.5.

7: Consecutive games without a sack by Clay Matthews, a streak he snapped with a sack on the first play of the fourth quarter.

9: Receiving yards by Bryant, the third-fewest yards in his career. He had 0 yards in the aforementioned game vs. New Orleans and three catches for 8 yards vs. Detroit a week earlier in that season.

9.1: Dallas converted 1-of-11 third-down situations, a success rate of 9.1 percent. That’s Green Bay’s best third-down performance since holding the Bears to 0-of-9 in 2012 at Chicago.

10: Plays of 14-plus yards by the Packers.

12.3: Yards per carry by Dallas running back Darren McFadden, who had nine carries for 111 yards. It was the best average of his career.

15: Missed tackles forced by the Packers. Eight of those were by Lacy.

29: First downs by Green Bay, its most since recording 30 in overtime vs. Minnesota at Lambeau Field on Nov. 24, 2013. Its previous season-high total for first downs was 25 vs. Kansas City in Week 3.

37:48: Green Bay’s time of possession, its highest of the season. The Packers are 5-0 when winning the time-of-possession battle.

44: Carries by the Packers, the most by a Mike McCarthy-coached team. Only twice before had the Packers rushed the ball 40-plus times under McCarthy: 42 times at Minnesota in 2013 and 41 times at Cleveland in 2009.

53: The kickoff temperature on Sunday was the warmest ever for a Lambeau Field game played in December or January. The previous high was 45 against Denver in 2003 and Minnesota in 2012.

124: Rushing yards by Lacy. He’s recorded 100-plus rushing yards in three of his last four games – a first in his career. The 124 yards marked the fourth-best game of his career: 150 yards vs. Chicago in 2013, 141 yards vs. Dallas in 2013 and 125 yards vs. Minnesota in 2014.

230: Rushing yards by the Packers, their most since gaining 231 yards vs. St. Louis in 2004. The total was easily the best under McCarthy, with the Packers rushing for 217 yards vs. Detroit in the 2007 finale and 211 yards vs. Detroit in the 2008 finale. The Packers hadn’t rushed for 200 yards in a game since 2009.

435: Total yards by the Packers, their most since 448 vs. Kansas City in Week 3. The Packers entered the game ranked 22nd with 341.4 yards per game. Green Bay has ranked outside the top 10 in offense just once under McCarthy – 2012, when they ranked 13th.

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