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Packers Destroy Cowboys! Head Into Bye With 45-7 Win!

Green Bay returned home to host the Dallas Cowboys in a nationally televised contest on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers have been striving for a “complete” performance all season and they final got one, and it was a HUGE one at that, beating the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 and the victory has them on a three game winning streak.

The offense recorded the best performance by the Packers on third down in more than five years on the way to over 400 net yards and the season-high 45 points, and the defense followed up last week’s shutout by giving up just 39 rushing yards and seven points while scoring a touchdown of its own, and the special teams recorded two takeaways and a score as Green Bay improved to a division leading 6-3 mark a half game a head of the Bears.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Jackson scored twice. James Jones caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown for Green Bay. After an early mistake where Jones caught a pass and then fumbled it. Luckily the Packers recovered it. Running back John Kuhn had a career high 50 yards on 13 carries, and the whole night seemed to be filled with "KUUUHN" echoing through the stands from the 70,913 cheering Packer Fans at Lambeau Field!

LB Clay Matthews added a final dose of embarrassment in the fourth quarter, picking off a pass from Jon Kitna and running it back 62 yards for a touchdown. Matthews wasn't happy with the celebratory "Lambeau Leap" he tried to perform afterward, joking that he might spend part of the Packers' upcoming bye week working on his leaps into the grandstands. "I think I might actually hang back and work on my Lambeau Leap skills," he said.

Dallas fell behind 28-0 late in the second quarter, giving up three long touchdown drives before fumbling away a kickoff that was returned for a TD by Nick Collins. Return man Bryan McCann appeared to be down before he gave the ball away but the Cowboys didn't have any timeouts left, so they weren't able to challenge the call. “I was looking for the challenge flag,” Collins said. “I was like, ‘Oh, they are going to throw a flag? Oh, no? A touchdown, gift for me?’ An early Christmas present.”

The 28 points posted by the Packers in the second quarter alone were the most in a quarter since they registered the same number vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 20, 1992, and the 16 first downs were the most in a half by Green Bay since they put up the same number in the first half against San Francisco last season in Week 11.

Rookie cornerback Sam Shield made a nifty one-handed interception of a Jon Kitna pass intended for wide receiver Miles Austin down the left sideline at the Green Bay 37, it was his first career pick. His first kick return to start the second half of the game, for 49 yards was the longest by a Packer, on his first career kickoff return since TE Paul Coffman recorded a 52 yard return on Oct. 18, 1981, vs. San Francisco. It was the 15th straight game in which the Packers posted points off a takeaway at home, the longest current streak in the NFL.

There's a lot of confidence in that locker room," Rodgers said. Green Bay has won three in a row after opening 3-3, including an emotional Sunday night home win over Favre and the Vikings followed by a 9-0 road shutout of the New York Jets last week. Beating the talented but troubled Cowboys gives the Packers another boost of momentum heading into their bye week. “This is a win we can build off of. More importantly, it gives us a chance to reset, you know, as a coaching staff, get these players healthy, get ready for Minnesota. We have four out of five on the road coming off the bye, so we've got a very tough part of our schedule ahead of us. It starts at Minnesota.”

About the only serious mistake for the Packers was a personal foul penalty on Collins, flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cowboys receiver Roy E. Williams in the third quarter. Collins could be in line for additional punishment as the NFL cracks down on illegal hits this season. Williams said he was fine after the helmet-to-helmet hit from Collins, then appealed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell not to fine Collins for the hit. "Commissioner Goodell, don't fine the guy," Williams said. "It wasn't that bad of a deal, he shouldn't get fined. It was a football play, a football player making a football play. No injury, no harm."

"It's a positive for us to go into the bye week like that. It will be good for us to reflect on this game and know what we're capable of as a whole team. If we play the whole game, all three phases of the game, we can have dominant performances like this." And we now have 14 days to relax, reflect and repair ourselves.

Heros: I am giving them all awards, as I did not scream at the TV once about stupid mistakes, penalties, turnovers, etc. My ulcer got a chance to relax for once and it will have 14 days to heal up for the "Icky Vikes!"

ps. Take some time this next weekend to enjoy yourselves with friends and family and turn the tube off! I am going to try.......

GO! PACK GO!

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