NFC East: rapid reaction 3

Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 27, Packers 16

September, 21, 2008
9/21/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For one night, the Packers didn't look like a team one year removed from playing in the NFC title game. And the Cowboys once again looked like the beasts of the regular-season.

The duo of Marion Barber and Felix Jones staked the Cowboys to a 13-6 lead at halftime. Quarterback Tony Romo made two glaring mistakes in the first half, including throwing into a crowded end zone. The play could've turned the game around for the Packers, but T.O. caught Nick Collins after a 61-yard interception return.

The Cowboys' defense allowed a couple of big plays in the passing game, but they stiffened in the red zone. All the Packers had to show was three field goals from Mason Crosby.

The nation had the opportunity to meet Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin in the second half. He broke free across the middle on a 63-yard pass in the third quarter and then finished the night with a 52-yard touchdown. The former Monmouth (N.J.) University star was double-covered on the touchdown, but he used an old Michael Irvin pushoff technique to free himself after Romo heaved the ball up for grabs.

The Cowboys gashed the Packers for 149 yards in the first half, and finished with well over 200. The Cowboys did not have a 200-yard rushing game in 2007. It was a dominating performance by the offensive line, and Jones continued his impressive rookie campaign.

Now, the 3-0 Cowboys prepare for the resurgent Redskins (2-1) to come to town.

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