Cowboys Dominate in G.B.
GREEN BAY, Wis.--The Dallas Cowboys made their case for early NFC supremacy Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
They came here and roughed up the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers, rushing for 217 yards and leading, 27-9, in the fourth quarter before the Packers got a cosmetic late touchdown to lose by only 27-16.
"It's a great measuring stick for our football team," Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said. "And I'll tell you exactly what I told them: The Dallas Cowboys are further ahead than we are right now."
Terrell Owens had only two catches for the Cowboys. Tony Romo threw for 260 yards, but 115 of them came courtesy of two long completions to wideout Miles Austin. Otherwise, he had a quiet night.
The Cowboys got it done with their running game and defense. Starting tailback Marion Barber ran for 142 yards and a touchdown, and rookie backup Felix Jones added 76 yards and a touchdown.
"It's good to know you can win when you have to grind it out sometimes," Romo said. "Tonight was one of those nights."
Jones provided the night's lone electrifying moment with a 60-yard dash for a touchdown in the first half. The first-round draft choice in April is the first Cowboys rookie to begin his NFL career with a touchdown in each of his first three games.
"He gives us, as [Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones says, that wow factor," Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips said. "He slipped down on some other plays but once he got out in the open, he was gone."
Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 yards for the Packers. He also scored a touchdown on a one-yard quarterback sneak. But the Packers managed only three field goals with the outcome still in doubt and suffered their first loss with Rodgers as their starter.
"It's disappointing," Rodgers said. "You'd like to win them all obviously. But Dallas is a good football team and we unfortunately didn't play our best tonight."
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