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Defense leads Packers to 17-7 win over Cowboys

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Seattle vs. Green Bay • December 27, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin By Mike Morbeck (Flickr: Aaron Rodgers) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Seattle vs. Green Bay • December 27, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin By Mike Morbeck (Flickr: Aaron Rodgers) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

GREEN BAY (WSAU) With the offense struggling again, the Green Bay Packers defense came to the fore and powered the team to a 17-7 win over the high-flying Dallas Cowboys.

Through the middle of the 3rd quarter, the Cowboys managed only 5 first downs and were 0-for-5 on 3rd down conversions. The Cowboys only scoring threats during that time were a missed 38-yard field goal in the first quarter, and a drive that ended on the Packers 1-yard-line, when Charles Woodson intercepted Tony Romo late in the second half.

The Packers defense registered 5 sacks and caused 3 turnovers.

The teams played an even first half, with the Cowboys failing to capitalize on better field position early in the game. The only scoring in the first half was a 48-yard Mason Crosby field goal that gave the Packers a 3-0 lead at halftime.

The Packers managed only one sustained drive in the game. Starting at their own 20 yard line, the Packers held the ball for 8:30 in the 3rd and 4th quarters using the run and pass. The drive was capped on Aaron Rodger's 1-yard run up the middle, giving Green Bay a 10-0 lead with 8:36 to play.

The Cowboys made a fatal mistake on their next possession. Romo was sacked by a blitzing Woodson. The ball came out, and was recovered by the Packers Clay Mathews at the Cowboys 3 yard line. 3 plays later, the Packers put the game out of reach on Rodgers 2-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Havner.

The Cowboys scored their only touchdown with :36 left in the game, on Romo to Roy Williams 11-yard pass. Romo completed 24-of-39 passes for 254 yards.

Rodgers was 25-of-38 for 189 yards. The Packers rushing attack was led by Ryan Grant, with 79-yards on 13 carries.

It's the Packers first win of the year against a team above .500. The Packers improve to 5-4, and play the 49'ers next week in Green Bay. The loss ended the Cowboy's 4-game winning streak.

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