PACKERS WIN THIRD IN A ROW, DEFEAT COWBOYS 45-7
- The Packers beat the Cowboys, 45-7, on Sunday night to improve to an NFC North-leading 6-3 on the season. It was the second time in three weeks that the Packers won at home on a Sunday night, and Green Bay improves to 4-1 at Lambeau Field this season with the victory.
- The 45 points matches the most ever scored by Green Bay against the Cowboys (45-21 on Nov. 29, 1964; 45-17 on Nov. 23, 1997). The 38-point win by the Packers was the largest margin of victory by either team in the series, eclipsing the record of 34 points by the Packers in their 41-7 win over Dallas on Nov. 13, 1960.
- Green Bay beat Dallas in the regular season for the second consecutive year, only the second time the Packers accomplished that feat in the series (1964-65).
- The win was Green Bay’s eighth victory in its last nine contests at Lambeau Field, giving the Packers a 23-8 (.742) mark in the last 31 regular-season games at home. That record ranks No. 1 among NFC teams at home over that span.
- With the victory over the Cowboys, the Packers enter their bye on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2004.
- The Packers scored points off of a takeaway in the 15th straight game at home. That ranks No. 1 in the NFL among current streaks.
- Green Bay’s 28 points in the second quarter were the most by the Packers in a quarter since they posted 28 in the second quarter vs. the L.A. Rams (Dec. 20, 1992).
- The Packers allowed just 39 net rushing yards, the fewest Green Bay has given up since 33 at Detroit on Oct. 17, 2004.
- The Packers recorded 16 first downs in the first half, the most by Green Bay in any half this season and the most since they posted the same number in the first half last year vs. San Francisco (Nov. 22, 2009).
- Green Bay was flagged for just two penalties, the fifth game this season with three or fewer penalties. That is the most since 1990 (five).
- The Packers’ 66.7 percentage on third down (10-of-15) was the highest by Green Bay since a 71.4 percentage (10-of-14) vs. Cleveland on Sept. 18, 2005.
- Green Bay will enjoy its bye next Sunday in Week 10, the latest bye the Packers have ever had, before traveling to Minnesota on Nov. 21 for a noon (CST) contest. It will be the first of four road games over a five-week period for Green Bay, the first time the Packers have ever had four road contests in their first five games following the bye.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
- Tonight’s paid attendance was 70,913. It was the 290th consecutive sellout (274 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- WR James Jones posted a career-high eight receptions for 123 yards. It was Jones’ fifth career 100-yard receiving game and the second this season, the first time in his career he has recorded two 100-yard games in a season.
- With a sack of QB Jon Kitna in the second quarter, LB Clay Matthews became the first player in team history (since stat became official in 1982) to register a double-digit sack season in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. He has posted a career-high 10.5 sacks this season. Matthews posted the first interception of his career when he picked off Kitna in the fourth quarter, and his 62-yard return of the interception for a TD was the second touchdown of his career.
- S Nick Collins’ 26-yard fumble return for a TD in the second quarter was the first fumble return for a score of his career.
- CB Sam Shields posted his first career interception when he picked off Kitna in the first quarter.
- Shields also returned the first kickoff of his career in the third quarter, and returned it 49 yards. That was the longest return by a Packer on his first career kickoff return since TE Paul Coffman posted a 52-yarder on Oct. 18, 1981, vs. San Francisco.
- RB Brandon Jackson posted a rushing TD and a receiving TD in the same game for the second time in his career (vs.
- Seattle, Dec. 27, 2009).
- CB Charles Woodson posted a sack of Kitna in the third quarter, the third straight season he has recorded at least one sack. That is the first time in Woodson’s career he has accomplished that feat.
- WR Greg Jennings recorded seven receptions, the third straight game he has caught at least six passes. It is the first time in his five-year career that he has done so in three consecutive games.
- QB Aaron Rodgers threw three TD passes, which matched his regular-season career high. It was the 11th three-TD game of his career in the regular season. His passer rating of 131.5 was a season high and the highest since a 155.4 rating at Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2009.
- RB John Kuhn posted career highs in rushing yards (50) and attempts (13).
- LB Desmond Bishop’s third-quarter sack of Kitna was his second of the season, a career high.
- CB Jarrett Bush posted a fumble recovery and a forced fumble, the first time in his career he has recorded both in the same game.
- WR Jordy Nelson’s 27-yard reception in the third quarter was his longest of the season.
GREEN BAY PACKERS LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS:
(on beating a struggling Cowboys team) “I felt like our team did what we needed to do, coming in here and beat a team that wasn’t playing very well. I think we started where we left off last week and did what we needed to do and that’s beat a team that’s struggling right now.”
(on the defense’s performance lately) “I think that’s how we’ve been playing all year. Obviously, we’ve given up a few points here and there, and had some lapses, but overall we’ve been playing very well.”
(on eclipsing 10 sacks for the second straight season) “I’m always trying to get as many sacks of the quarterback as I can, so it means a great deal to me. Statistically, it’s just numbers. As long as we’re winning that’s the only statistic that matters. We’re winning and getting sacks, it’s all fine with me.”
(on how he benefits from Charles Woodson) “We kind of work in a tandem – that’s really how it works. Outside linebackers, we need to get pressure on the quarterback to help him get the interception and vice versa. Especially now that we’re on the same side working together, it’s only going to better our game. He’s a fantastic player and I’m trying to catch up to his standards.”
PACKERS CORNERBACK CHARLES WOODSON:
(on the defense’s recent dominance) “We’ve been flying around and having fun, and making plays when they need to be made. We’ve had a lot of guys the last few weeks stepping in for injured players and doing a tremendous job. That’s the best part of what’s been going on is being able to plug people in and still getting it done.”
(on Clay Matthews) “I don’t know what else he could do at this point, he’s done it all. We’re happy to have a guy like that on our team. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to give it all he has every play. He has that knack in getting to the quarterback. He’s done a great job for us. This will be a good time for him – this bye week – to get himself all the way back. I don’t know how much better he could play when he’s healthy, but I look forward to that time for everybody really.”
(on impact of the victory) “It gives us momentum going into the bye week. We have some time off, which slows us down a little bit, but hopefully we come back in a couple weeks ready to go, and have that same intensity.”
PACKERS WIDE RECIEVER JORDY NELSON:
(on playing without Donald Driver) “Last week at New York, we played a lot without Donald. We knew going in he wasn’t going to play, so it’s nothing. It’s different not having him out there, but it was just going to be more reps. We’ve run all the plays, we’re in the same situations as the other games, it’s just more reps. I don’t’ think there was any added pressure, we just went out and played.”
(on the wide receivers ability to separate tonight) “We were just running our routes. Some were double moves and others were planned routes, but it’s just winning your one-on-one battles. They played a lot of man (coverage) and it was winning your one-on-one plays. Aaron (Rodgers) was on tonight and we were getting open.”
PACKERS SAFETY NICK COLLINS:
(on how good the team is) “We just go out and play football every week. We play Packer football. You can put us high, put us low, it doesn’t matter. We’re just going to go out and do our jobs.”
(on if he thinks he’ll fined for his hit on Roy Williams) “I was the guy who did the crime, so if I get fined I’ll deal with the situation.”
DALLAS COWBOYS HEAD COACH WADE PHILLIPS:
(on the loss) “(The Packers) whipped us about every way you could whip somebody. They’re a good football team playing at home and they played well and we didn’t play well at all. That’s the way the game went. We looked like were fighting hard early, but it caved in on us and we didn’t respond.”
(on keeping the team’s spirits up) “It’s tough after a ball game like this, especially after several in a row now. That bothers me that we can’t get back to at least having a fighting chance to win ball games. The only thing we can do is to keep going forward. You can’t quit – you can’t cry about everything, you’ve got to go forward. You’ve got to keep working. That sounds like a hollow message right now, but that’s the way it is. You’ve got to improve. You’ve got to work as hard as you can and don’t look back.”
(on the team’s pass defense) “We played poorly in pass defense. I don’t know what’s happening. If I had the answer we would have done something sooner, but we just haven’t played well on pass defense. We haven’t been able to play man-to-man very well, giving up big plays. When we play zone they hit us on everything. It’s something we’ve got to keep working on.”
COWBOYS LINEBACKER KEITH BROOKING:
(on the loss) “When you have games where on offense, defense and special teams you’re not executing at all and doing what you’re supposed to do, obviously you’re going to have outcomes like we had tonight. I felt like we were on the field for a very long time. The time of possession was key, and that’s not just on the offense. We got them on third down quite a few times in that first half and we couldn’t get off the field.”
(on what head coach Wade Phillips’ message was to the team after the game) “There are only so many things you can say when you’re in this kind of situation. The main thing is just to keep fighting and to keep believing in each other. I know we keep saying that but what else are you going to do? We’re professionals. We get paid to show up on Sundays and perform at a very high level. It’s a performance-based business that we play in and obviously when things aren’t going well and you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do you’re held accountable for that.”
COWBOYS CORNERBACK ORLANDO SCANDRICK:
(on his first quarter sack) “We caught him in a bad situation. Aaron (Rodgers) is pretty good at reading blitzes. I know he didn’t see me and then he had back-side pressure so he really couldn’t elude it.”
(on Aaron Rodgers) “He is a great quarterback. He is definitely one of the best quarterbacks that I have ever played against. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I have a lot of respect for the guy. He is elusive and he can move around great. He has pinpoint accuracy. He is a great player and a great leader of his team.”
(on Green Bay’s offense) “They were sharp. We gave them some things and we made some mistakes. Rodgers took care of the ball and we didn’t force any turnovers. It was a terrible outcome for us.”
COWBOYS WIDE RECEIVER ROY WILLIAMS:
(on the loss) “We are a 1-7 ballclub. That is who we are. There is no getting around that. There is no saying that we are better. All we can do is keep playing.”
(on wide receiver Dez Bryant) “He is playing exceptionally well. You just need to throw it up to him, that is all he wants. He is a Randy Moss. You just need to keep feeding him. He has the heart and determination. He is going to be a good football player.”
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