On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers hosted the Dallas Cowboys for a big NFC matchup between teams with a single loss coming into the game. Dallas' offense, behind Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, moved the ball consistently against a Packers defense that was severely shorthanded at cornerback; meanwhile, Green Bay turned the football over four times and could not get much of a rhythm going on offense.
Thise factors all contributed to the Cowboys leaving Lambeau Field with a 30-16 victory, moving them to 5-1 on the season while the Packers fell to 3-2. Elliott finished with nearly 150 yards on the ground, while Aaron Rodgers finished the game 31/42 for 298 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Dallas struck quickly to take an early lead. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott helped drive down the field before Prescott hit Cole Beasley for a one-yard touchdown, putting the Cowboys up 7-0.
The Packers responded with a field goal on their first drive of the game, which came after a 25-yard run by Eddie Lacy. The two teams traded fumbles on consecutive drives later in the first quarter, with Jordy Nelson coughing the ball up for the Packers and Julius Peppers stripping Prescott on the other side. The Packers added another field goal to cut the lead to 7-6.
The Cowboys took three points back with a field goal of their own, and the Packers tried to drive late in the second half but had to settle for a punt. Jacob Schum hit by far his best punt of the year, pinning the Cowboys at their own 3-yard line with a minute left and no timeouts.
Dallas ran the ball twice with little success, and Mike McCarthy took timeouts to stop the clock and get the ball back to their offense. However, a jet sweep by Lucky Whitehead picked up 26 yards, then Prescott hit Terrance Williams for 42 yards. Prescott then found Brice Butler for a 20 yard score and a 17-6 lead just before the half.
The Packers kept turning over the football at the outset of the third quarter. On back-to-back drives, Aaron Rodgers threw an interception straight to Barry Church around midfield, leading to another Cowboys field goal. Then on the next series, Rodgers helped lead the Packers down inside the ten yard line before being stripped of the football. The Packers picked off Prescott on the next drive, however, as Morgan Burnett recorded the first interception of a Prescott pass all year.
That turned into another Packers field goal to cut the lead to 20-9 after Rodgers missed a wide open Randall Cobb in the end zone.
Dallas kept moving the football easily on the ensuing drive. Prescott had tons of time to throw the football, and found Beasley for a second touchdown and a 27-9 lead.
Rodgers finally found a groove on the next series, leading the team down the field with a few nice throws, including three to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers then eventually found Randall Cobb for a short touchdown, the receiver's first of the year, making the score 27-16.
Green Bay tried an onside kick with seven minutes left after getting an extra 15 yards on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the PAT, but Dallas recovered. They were able to pick up a big third down conversion to Jason Witten, allowing them to run down a large portion of the clock, but Elliott ripped off a 29-yard run on the next play to get deep into Packers territory. Dallas was held to a field goal, pushing the lead back to 14 with about 3 and a half minutes to go.
Ty Montgomery, who had a big day on offense, started the drive with a bang as he returned the kickoff to the 40, but he fumbled the football a few plays later, leaving the Packers with just over two minutes left and no way to stop the clock.
Damarious Randall left the game after re-aggravating his groin injury. Davante Adams was evaluated for a concussion in the second half and did not return. Bryan Bulaga was injured in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Jason Spriggs.