Packers-Cowboys: Just the facts

Here are some interesting facts and figures for both the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The two teams meet Thursday night in the biggest game in the NFC since Dec. 3, 1990 when the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers squared off with 10-1 records in San Franciso. The Niners won that game, 7-3. Read on for more!

GREEN BAY PACKERS
? The Packers have won 13 games three times in their 86-year history. The last time was in 1997 when they went to Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego. They have never won 14 games in a season.

? The Packers carry a seven-game road winning streak into Thursday's game. A victory would tie the longest road winning streak in team history.

? The Packers and Cowboys have a combined 17 NFL championships (Green Bay 12, Dallas 5) and eight Super Bowl titles.

? The Packers have lost eight straight games to the Cowboys in Dallas, including the playoffs. Green Bay's last win at Texas Stadium was on Dec. 24, 1989, a 20-10 victory.

? The Packers are the only NFL team that has not allowed a single touchdown on any type of return – fumble, interception, punt or kickoff – this season.

? Aaron Kampman leads the NFL in sacks with 11 and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has 9½, which is tied for second in the NFL. As a team, the Packers have 32 sacks.

? Brett Favre is in position to have the best season, statistically, of his career. Comparing his 2007 season, with his yardage, touchdown and interception numbers pro-rated over 16 games, to his three MVP seasons -- 1995, 1996 and 1997 (when he shared the award with Barry Sanders): Passing yardage – 4,881; completion percentage - .685; touchdowns – 32; interceptions – 12; passer rating – 101.5. Favre has never had a rating of 100 for a full season, never thrown for 4,500 yards in a season, never completed two-thirds of his passes in a season.

? Favre will be making his 249th consecutive start (269 including playoffs) against the Cowboys. Texas Stadium is one of nine current NFL stadiums at which Favre has played but never won. His five losses at Texas Stadium are the most at any stadium at which he hasn't won.

? Mike McCarthy is 18-9 (.667) in his first 27 games as head coach of the Packers, better than Vince Lombardi (17-10, .630) and Curly Lambeau (14-8-5, .611). Only two head coaches had a stretch of 14, or more, wins in 15 games earlier in their careers: George Seifert (1989-90 49ers, in his first 19 games) and Ted Marchibroda (1975-76 Colts, in his first 20 games).

? The Packers have 32 quarterbacks sacks this season, and at least one in each of their 11 games.

DALLAS COWBOYS
? QB Tony Romo has 29 TD passes for the season, matching the Dallas franchise record (Danny White, 1983).

? Tight end Jason Witten has 59 catches this season. He's only one reception away from becoming the sixth tight end in NFL history with four consecutive seasons of 60-plus catches. Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez has done it eight consecutive seasons. He also has 59 catches this season.

? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has recently been appointed to be chairman of NFL Network. Thursday's game will not be available in about 74.1 million of the country's 112.8 million homes with televisions. With few exceptions, those 112.8 million homes would have had access to the game on Fox or NBC. Almost 97 million could have seen it on ESPN.

? Dallas has Julius Jones and Marion Barber manning the running game. Jones was the 43rd player picked in the draft when he came out, Barber the 109th.

? Linebacker Greg Ellis has 8.5 sacks -- one away from a career high and 1.5 sacks away from double digits for first time in his career, which would also mean a $250,000 bonus.


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