Green Bay Packers Datone Jones (95) and Clay Matthews (52) sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the third quarter of Sunday's game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Rave: After a horrendous first half, the Green Bay defense looked like a different unit in the second. The difference in the numbers was striking. First half: 26 points allowed on 332 yards, 17 first downs and 14 plays of 10 yards or more. Second half: 10 points, 134 yards, 10 first downs and six plays of 10 yards or more.
Rant: The Packers had seven penalties for 59 yards and two in the first half contributed significantly to the Cowboys’ big lead. First, Josh Sitton was called for holding, setting up a first-and-20 for Green Bay. On the next play, Matt Flynn threw an interception and the Cowboys kicked a field goal four plays later for a 19-3 lead. Then, on the following series, the Packers were forced to punt and Davon House interfered with Cole Beasley during his fair catch. Instead of Dallas starting at its 10, it got the ball at its 25 and completed a six-play, 75-yard drive to take a 26-3 lead.
Rave: Jordy Nelson had a big hand in Green Bay’s first two touchdown drives of the second half. On the first possession, Nelson reached over and took ball from defender for 13-yard touchdown in the left corner of the end zone. Then, on the next drive, Nelson made a one-handed catch on third-and-10 for 21 yards. He finished with five catches for 61 yards.
Rant: Right tackle Don Barclay had a rough first half. On the first play of the Packers’ second possession, Barclay allowed defensive end George Selvie to get past him and tackle Eddie Lacy for a 6-yard loss on a quick pitch. Then, on the Packers’ next series, Barclay allowed a 10-yard sack of Flynn when he was beaten by Selvie on the final play of the second quarter.