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Lucky Whitehead played big role in first game vs. Packers

Lucky Whitehead had a big game against the Packers in Week 6, running for 26 yards and taking this pass for 35 yards.
Lucky Whitehead had a big game against the Packers in Week 6, running for 26 yards and taking this pass for 35 yards. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Lucky Whitehead played a big part in the Cowboys’ 30-16 victory over the Packers in Week 6. Despite having only two touches on offense, Whitehead gained 61 yards from scrimmage.

The Cowboys faced third-and-one from their own 12 with 45 seconds left in the first half. Whitehead took a jet sweep for 26 yards up the left side.

The Cowboys scored two plays later, finishing off a 97-yard scoring drive in 33 seconds to take a 17-6 halftime lead.

“It was very big especially because we were backed up,” said Whitehead, who added a 35-yard catch in the fourth quarter on a touchdown drive that iced the game. “Third and one, we were actually just trying to get a first down, but once I got that first down, we decided to attack, and we got a score right before half. So that was big. Then, that one catch I had. So definitely the momentum shifted.”

The Packers were caught off guard by the play. With the Cowboys in their jumbo package, the Packers loaded the box with eight players in an attempt to stop Ezekiel Elliott.

Only LaDarius Gunter seemed to have play recognition as Whitehead went in motion before the snap.

Whitehead chuckled when asked if the Packers might be practicing against the jet sweep this week.

“Oh, yeah. A lot,” he said. “So there’s probably going to be a lot of motions going on that they’re going to have to worry about.”

Whitehead, primarily a returner, had 10 rushes for 82 yards in the regular season and three catches for 48 yards.

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