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27 - 16 Final
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Rushing attack for Cowboys too strong for Packers

Sep 22, 2008 - 5:42 AM GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Led by a dominant ground game, the Dallas Cowboys showed why they still may be the class of the NFC.

Marion Barber ran for a career-high 142 yards and a touchdown and rookie Felix Jones had a 60-yard scoring run as Dallas wore down the Green Bay Packers en route to a 27-16 victory on Sunday night.

The Cowboys' (3-0) defense also slowed down quarterback Aaron Rodgers for most of the game, recording five sacks, while outgaining the Packers (2-1), 218-84, on the ground.

"It was a really big win for us," Dallas coach Wade Phillips said. "We certainly made some mistakes, but I thought our team played with a lot of heart like they have. I was proud of our defense. I thought it was pretty outstanding."

Jones' touchdown gave Dallas a 10-6 lead with 6:04 left in the first half, momentarily breaking what was a defensive struggle early. The rookie speedster ran around the left end and blew past the secondary down the sideline for his third score in as many games.

"Well, statistically, they put up big numbers," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "Anytime someone runs for 200 yards, that's significant. We made some mistakes, particularly the long run (by Jones). They were able to run the ball for four quarters and kind of wear our defense down."

Leading, 13-9, Dallas took the first two-possession lead of the game as it moved 80 yards in five plays - keyed by a 63-yard reception by Miles Austin. Barber capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown to push the Cowboys' advantage to 20-9 with 2:53 left in the third quarter.

It was the fifth career 100-yard performance for Barber, who carried the ball 28 times. Jones gained 76 yards on six rushes.

"Marion is the workhorse," Phillips said. "He kept hammering and hammering. He started out a little slow, but our line and Marion will wear people down. You could see that we were kind of overpowering them at the end of the game."

The running game helped overcome a slow start for Tony Romo, who tossed a 52-yard touchdown to Austin with 9:09 remaining in the contest to extend Dallas' lead to 27-9. Romo threw a first-quarter interception in the red zone but still finished with 260 yards on 17-of-30 passes.

"It was hard out there tonight," Romo said. "With some of the looks they give you, you think you'll have time to scan and go through your reads but, give them credit, they did a great job of disrupting our timing."

Austin's 115 receiving yards led the team, while Terrell Owens had just two catches for 17 yards.

Rodgers completed 22-of-39 passes for 290 yards - with nearly half of those coming after the Cowboys built a comfortable lead. He also had a 1-yard scoring run with 2:11 left to play, which provided the game's final margin.

"You've got to give Dallas credit," Rodgers said. "I think their game plan was a very good one. They left five rushers on the field for the majority of the game. They tried to single up 1-on-1 matchups, and they've got five solid guys rushing the passer."

Greg Jennings was on the receiving end of Rodgers' throws for most of the night, collecting 115 yards on a career-high eight catches.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 3 10 7 7 27
    GREEN BAY 3 3 3 7 16 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - FG, NICHOLAS FOLK 25 YD, 1:46. Drive: 4
    plays, 7 yards in 1:25. Key plays:
    A Jones 21-yard return of Grant
    fumble to Green Bay 14. DALLAS 3-0
    GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 36 YD, 6:58. Drive: 1

    Sep 21 11:35 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    AARON RODGERS 1 YD RUN
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    DALLAS 27
    GREEN BAY 16 2:11 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cowboys 27, Packers 16  4th - 2:11Sep 21 11:18 PM


  • NFL
    TD DAL
    MILES AUSTIN 52 YD PASS FROM TONY ROMO
    (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 27
    GREEN BAY 9 9:09 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cowboys 27, Packers 9  4th - 9:09Sep 21 10:53 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 3 10 7 20
    GREEN BAY 3 3 3 9 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - FG, NICHOLAS FOLK 25 YD, 1:46. Drive: 4
    plays, 7 yards in 1:25. Key plays:
    A Jones 21-yard return of Grant
    fumble to Green Bay 14. DALLAS 3-0
    GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 36 YD, 6:58. D

    Sep 21 10:37 PM


  • NFL
    TD DAL
    MARION BARBER III 2 YD RUN
    (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 20
    GREEN BAY 9 2:52 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys 20, Packers 9  3rd - 2:52Sep 21 10:24 PM


  • CORRECTION
    NFL FG GNB
    MASON CROSBY 33 YD
    DALLAS 13
    GREEN BAY 9 5:58 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cowboys 13, Packers 9  3rd - 5:58Sep 21 10:14 PM
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    Cowboys 13, Packers 6  HalfSep 21 9:48 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 3 10 13
    GREEN BAY 3 3 6 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - FG, NICHOLAS FOLK 25 YD, 1:46. Drive: 4
    plays, 7 yards in 1:25. Key plays:
    A Jones 21-yard return of Grant
    fumble to Green Bay 14. DALLAS 3-0
    GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 36 YD, 6:58. Drive

    Sep 21 9:46 PM


  • NFL
    FG DAL
    NICHOLAS FOLK 39 YD
    DALLAS 13
    GREEN BAY 6 0:07 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys 13, Packers 6  2nd - 0:07Sep 21 9:43 PM
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    Cowboys 10, Packers 6  2nd - 4:21Sep 21 9:33 PM


  • NFL
    TD DAL
    FELIX JONES 60 YD RUN
    (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)
    DALLAS 10
    GREEN BAY 6 6:04 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys 10, Packers 6  2nd - 6:04Sep 21 9:25 PM


  • NFL
    FG GNB
    MASON CROSBY 38 YD
    DALLAS 3
    GREEN BAY 6 12:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cowboys 3, Packers 6  2nd - 12:38Sep 21 9:06 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 3 3
    GREEN BAY 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - FG, NICHOLAS FOLK 25 YD, 1:46. Drive: 4
    plays, 7 yards in 1:25. Key plays:
    A Jones 21-yard return of Grant
    fumble to Green Bay 14. DALLAS 3-0
    GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 36 YD, 6:58. D

    Sep 21 9:00 PM


  • NFL
    FG GNB
    MASON CROSBY 36 YD
    DALLAS 3
    GREEN BAY 3 8:02 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys 3, Packers 3  1st - 8:02Sep 21 8:41 PM


  • NFL
    FG DAL
    NICHOLAS FOLK 25 YD
    DALLAS 3
    GREEN BAY 0 13:14 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cowboys 3, Packers 0  1st - 13:14Sep 21 8:28 PM
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