Favre Remains Winless in Dallas as the Cowboys Lead the NFC and Clinch a Playoff Spot
After months of speculation, the Dallas Cowboys came out with a win and the NFC lead in last night’s showdown over the Green Bay Packers. The final score of 37-27 doesn’t begin to tell the story of the rollercoaster ride both teams experienced.
It was a record breaking night for the Cowboys as they are now 11-1 with 4 games left to play in the season. Tony Romo continued to break franchise records left and right and ended the night going 19-of-30 for 309 yards with 4 touchdowns.
Romo now stands at 33 touchdown passes for the season, surpassing Danny White’s record of 29 and tying Troy Aikman’s record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, 16. Romo also passes Don Meredith with most games with 4 or more touchdowns.
Terrell Owens had a record-breaking night as well with his 14th touchdown catch of the season, tying Frank Clarke’s high set in 1962. Owens finished the night with seven catches for 156 yards and one touchdown tying another mark with a TD catch in seven straight games.
Patrick Crayton contributed with two touchdowns and tight end Anthony Fasano caught his first career touchdown.
The defense certainly kept the Packers in check, recording three sacks and nine quarterback pressures against Favre and Rodgers. Favre was held to 5 of 14 passes for 56 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
But the biggest story last night was probably when Brett Favre was taken out of the game in the second quarter. He took a hit by cornerback Nathan Jones which left Favre holding his right arm and his fingers numb. It was later reported that he had separated his shoulder. Favre holds the record of consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback with 249.
With Favre sidelined, out comes the backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was 18-of-25 for 201 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for a backup, but clearly not enough to catch the Cowboys. At one point in the Packers came within a field goal, but soon after Romo tacked on another touchdown and Nick Folk completed his third field goal.
The Dallas Cowboys now stand alone in first in the NFC at 11-1. They also clinched a playoff spot after the win. If the Giants lose against Chicago this weekend it would mean the Cowboys clinch the NFC East division.
HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!