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Upstart Dallas Cowboys ride winning streak through Green Bay 30-16

There’s a lot of streaking going on with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys took down Green Bay 30-16 Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak, including playoffs, to the Packers and a four-game losing streak at Lambeau Field.

The win was the Cowboys (5-1) fifth in a row.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 157 yards on 28 carries. It was his fourth consecutive game with 130 or more rushing yards, which is an NFL rookie record.

Dak Prescott completed 18 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He had his streak of passes without an interception to start a career end at 176. He broke Tom Brady’s record of 162 in the first quarter on a 15-yard pass to Terrance Williams. The record came to an end on a third-quarter interception by Morgan Burnett.

The defense got in on the act with three fumble recoveries and an interception.

“I thought the spirit of the team was really, really good,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Physical in all three phases. That was going to be critical in this ballgame.”

Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of 42 passes for 294 yards with one touchdown and one interception. However, his inaccuracy hurt the Packers throughout the game.

Eddie Lacy carried 17 times for 65 yards.

In a battle of the No. 1 rushing offense against the Packers’ No. 1 run defense, the Cowboys gutted Green Bay with 191 rushing yards.

“I thought our guys saw that as a challenge to win upfront. I thought we did that,” Garrett said. “Over the course of the ballgame, yards did not come easy. We kept fighting, battling. The runner (Elliott) was physical. I think that was the difference offensively.

“Defensively, we did a great job a number of different times, taking the ball away at critical moments and making critical stops and hanging in there against a big-time quarterback.”

Dallas was so dominant that the fans began booing the Packers, a rare sight at Lambeau Field.

The Cowboys have a bye next week. Their next game is at home on Oct. 30 against Philadelphia.

Injured starter Tony Romo is expected to return to the lineup sometime after the bye. Whether he keeps his starting job will be the subject of debate going forward.

For now, the Cowboys are one of the surprise teams in the league this season.

Dallas took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in eight plays for a touchdown.

Prescott threw a 1-yard touchdown to Cole Beasley for a 7-0 lead at the 10:03 mark.

Dallas did not have a third down on their opening drive.

Green Bay answered with a 56-yard drive that ended with Mason Crosby’s 37-yard field goal.

The Packers wanted more, but a third-and-1 run by Aaron Ripkowski at the Cowboys’ 19 was stuffed for no gain by Anthony Hitchens and Cedric Thornton. Crosby’s field goal made it 7-3 at the 5:11 mark.

The Cowboys punted, but got the ball back one play later when Jordy Nelson fumbled after a hit by safety Barry Church and Morris Claiborne recovered at the Dallas 44.

Dallas gave it back when Prescott was stripped of the ball in the pocket by Julius Peppers and Joel Thomas recovered the fumble at the Green Bay 30.

The turnover led to a Green Bay field goal. Crosby’s 43-yard field goal early in the second quarter made it 7-6. The nine-play scoring drive was aided by a third-down facemask penalty against Dallas.

Dallas would push their lead to 10-6 on Dan Bailey’s 44-yard field goal. The field goal came on a 12-play drive that was slowed by Prescott’s 12-yard loss on a fumble that Zack Martin recovered and a penalty on Brice Butler.

The Cowboys got a defensive stop when Byron Jones batted away a fourth-and-5 pass intended for Randall Cobb.

After an exchange of punts, the Cowboys struck again before halftime.

The Cowboys took over at their own 3 with 1:01 left in the first half and needed just five plays and 33 seconds to score.

The key plays, in order, were a 29-yard reverse run by Lucky Whitehead, a 42-yard catch by Terrance Williams and Butler’s 20-yard touchdown catch to make it 17-6.

Green Bay drove to the Cowboys’ 14 as time ran out.

“Dak was outstanding,” Garrett said. “He made some big-time throws.”

Green Bay received the second-half kickoff, but didn’t hold the ball long.

Eight plays into the third quarter, Barry Church intercepted Rodgers and returned the ball to the Packers’ 49.

Seven plays later, Bailey made a 22-yard field goal to make it 20-6.

Green Bay drove to the Cowboys’ 2. On first and goal, Rodgers fumbled and David Irving recovered for the Cowboys at the 4. Irving also forced the fumble.

Prescott’s NFL-record for passes without an interception to start a career ended at 176 on the next series when Burnett intercepted a pass with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.

Green Bay turned the short field into a Crosby 34-yard field goal to close within 20-9.

Then Dallas put the game away for the most part with a 75-yard drive that ended with Prescott’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Beasley and a 27-9 edge.

Green Bay got their first touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb to close the gap to 27-16.

However, Jason Witten, making his 203 career start, easily recovered the onside kick.

Bailey added a 32-yard field goal to end the scoring.

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