Don’t know how many of you were aware of this, but my friends and I at Channel 3000 tried something a little different last night. During the Packers/Cowboys game, I moderated a live chat and posted live commentary about the action. It was exhausting (I got up only once to use the bathroom!) but a lot of fun.
Anyway, day after reflections aren’t much different than last night’s thoughts. Packers look to be in good hands with Rodgers after Favre retires. Favre should probably sit a couple of games (especially considering their opponents) but he is unlikely to, citing the extra days off before having to play Oakland at Lambeau on December 9. I think the Packers could have won last night had they played their game, but what they were doing early on offensively was a mystery. Certainly defensively they missed Woodson and KGB, but I think the play on offense early on was a bigger factor in the loss. But certainly credit the Packers with coming back and making a game out of it. Last night’s game did nothing to change my mind that the Packers have a great chance of playing the Patriots in February. At the end of the day, it’s one loss. It’s a disappointing loss, but it’s one loss.
(BTW, think we’ve had it rough this week with the Packers and Badgers men’s basketball team losing? How would you like to be a New York sports fan today? Both the Jets and Giants had horrible, crushing defeats last week and did you see what the Celtics did to the Knicks on Thursday? The Knicks have to be the most embarrassing franchise in professional sports. How does that happen in the biggest sports and media market in the country? Imagine the Yankees playing on the level of the Royals. The Knicks are playing on the level of junior high school boys after having just seen Porky’s for the first time. But good news for the Milwaukee Bucks, as they visit MSG Friday night. Chances are the crowd won’t exactly be on the side of Isiah Thomas’s crowd.)
Anyway, here’s my commentary from Thursday night. Think “The Betrayal” episode of Seinfeld: Comments go from end of game back to beginning of game. Have a great weekend.
10:36 p.m. Thanks for reading this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope to do it again. Thanks and have a good night.
10:32 p.m. That’s it. A game of highs and lows but ultimately a disappointment. Cowboys win it 37-27. Packers still have a lot to play for and given who they play coming up, will almost surely finish season strong. Big questions after this game — besides the extent of Brett Favre’s injury will be what was the deal with that early play selection and what was the deal with that pass interference call in the fourth quarter.
10:30 p.m. Sorry, Collinsworth, but Cowboys are not going to beat Patriots in Super Bowl. Good ratings though, for that Super Bowl should it happen. Ratings would be good if the Packers were in it as well though obviously.
10:29 p.m. Good evidence tonight that Rodgers will step in well as Packers QB when Favre retires. That fact should ease a lot of Packer fans.
10:28 p.m. Man, did Romo outplay Favre tonight. Very impressed. I thought this game would rattle him. This game will definitely get him more dates with bubblegum pop singers.
10:27 p.m. This field goal will ice it. 25 yard attempt. It’s good. That puts the Cowboys up 37-27. Ugh.
10:25 p.m. Face it, Packers got hosed on that pass interference call. But I wouldn’t call it the only difference in the game. Cowboys did a lot right and Packers did a lot wrong, especially early.
10:23 p.m. So the Packers will “fall” to 10-2. If you knew in August that the Packers would be 10-2 going into December, you wouldn’t have believed it and you’d be thrilled. Disappointing how tonight’s game went, but Packers are going to playoffs as at least a 2 seed. And given how they came back tonight, I wouldn’t count them out winning NFC Championship right back at Texas Stadium.
10:19 p.m. Packers have started to use their timeouts. This game is now a long way from the embarrassment it started out, but it appears that Favre has failed to win his first game at Texas Stadium. One of nine stadiums at which he hasn’t one in. I’m surprised at the high number. Favre just went back to the locker room. Two minute warning.
10:17 p.m. Bigby just called on a face mask. 15 yard variety. He is having an awful game. Not since the 2600 version of Pac-Man have I been so disappointed in something named “Atari.”
10:16 p.m. Witten again on a first down. Packers don’t have an answer for him.
10:15 p.m. Possible Grant had first down but McCarthy had no more challenges left. Why do you lose a challenge if you are successful with them? Why are you penalized for a successful challenge? That’s ridiculous.
10:13 p.m. Still say McCarthy should have gone for it. If Packers could have scored TD and they make stand here, much less nerve-wracking for Rodgers to have to drive for FG then drive for TD.
10:10 p.m.Collinsworth just said that Cowboys have not given up 100 yard rusher all season? That’s a surprise. Grant’s almost there. MCCARTHY KICKING ON FOURTH AND SHORT? SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR IT. THIS IS A 52-YARD ATTEMPT! Well, he got it. Packers still need that touchdown to tie.
10:09 p.m. Robinson gets good YAC for good second down game. Third and short. Probably four down territory at this point.
10:08 p.m. Two straight first downs for Packers. Obviously offense is keeping cool in tough spot. But just overthrew Jennings on a deep ball.
10:06 p.m. NFL Network reviewing pass interference. That was horrible call. Packers got a gift with the Harris end zone interception. Cowboys got a gift with that call. Cowboys took advantage, Packers did not. Of course, it’s pretty easy to take advantage when you’re given first and goal.
10:04 p.m. Two scores needed in 7:30. Certainly possible, but Cowboys have dominated fourth quarter so far and they have the running backs that are good at eating up the clock. Not giving up yet, but it’s looking like Packers just dug themselves too deep a hole in that first half to climb out of. McCarthy will be forced to answer questions about the play calling early on. What was with all of those deep balls? And the flea flicker?
10:01 p.m. Touchdown to Patrick Crayton. Harris had pretty good coverage but didn’t cut fast enough and Crayton got in front of him. 10 point lead now. Packers have uphill battle.
10:00 p.m. 42 yard penalty. That’s inexcusable. But if Packers can hold Cowboys to field goal — and it is third down already.
9:58 p.m. Good no call on pass interference — oh, boy, conference between refs. NOW THEY ARE CALLING PASS INTERFERENCE. That’s terrible call. That’s not interference. Awful.
9:57 p.m. Kampmann is getting closer to getting sack. Had good hit on Romo that last completion. Third and eight. Too easy. Jason Whitten again. Momentum slowly going back to Cowboys.
9:55 p.m Packers stuff Jones on first and 20. We need big defensive stand right here.
9:54 p.m. Witten big play on first down. 13 yards.
9:51 p.m. Rodgers sacked. No protection at all. Lousy way to cash in on interception gift. Cowboys get ball back with lead.
9:50 p.m. Rodgers back to work. Are the Vikings and Bears in the playoff picture? NFL Network says they are.
9:49 p.m. After an incredible first half, Owens could be the goat of this game if the Cowboys lose. Love to hear what he has to say about that play.
9:47 p.m. That was beautiful! OWENS DROPS BALL IN END ZONE AND AL HARRIS GETS IT. HUGE INTERCEPTION. OWENS MUFFS INCREDIBLY EASY CATCH AND IT LANDS IN HARRIS’S LAP. WHAT WAS THAT I SAID ABOUT A TURNOVER?
9:46 p.m. Fourth quarter begins. Packers stuff Barber. Good stop.
9:43 p.m. Al Harris gets cheap shot on Owens during Barber run. Harris is clearly frustrated having to cover Owens. End of third quarter. Green Bay shut out Dallas in third quarter, but unless Packers get a turnover here, Dallas will score as fourth quarter begins.
9:42 p.m. Barber gets big run. Huge hole to the left on that one. Cowboys have first and goal.
9:41 p.m. Owens gets completion. Al Harris gets tackle but Cowboys have third and short.
9:40 p.m. Owens completion is overturned. Good challenge by McCarthy. Now they don’t know where to spot the ball. The refs are challenging their challenge.
9:37 p.m. That 3rd and 19 conversion by Dallas may prove to be the turning point of the second half. They all of a sudden seem to have a swagger back after being outplayed since Favre left game.
9:36 p.m. Very nice catch by Owens. If he stayed in bounds with possession. I smell challenge. McCarthy might win this one.
9:35 p.m. Bigby is called for face mask. He is not having a good game.
9:34 p.m. Looks like Packers have taken Bush out for Williams.
9:34 p.m. Or Crayton that is. 35 yard gain. That is a momentum killer.
9:33 p.m. Cowboys have yet to convert a third down in this game. 3rd and 19 right now. Now is not the time to let Owens rip one off.
9:32 p.m. All of a sudden this defense — the Packers, that is — is flying to the football. Cowboys are definitely out of sync on offense now.
9:31 p.m. Like those Fathead commercials. Can I get one of those of Tavaris Jackson?
9:29 p.m. Pressure on Cowboys to respond. They do not want to let Aaron Rodgers beat them. But that’s exactly what is happening.
9:26 p.m. TOUCHDOWN PACKERS! RYAN GRANT HAS HIS SECOND OF THE GAME. HUGE COMEBACK GOING ON HERE. 27-24.
9:24 p.m. First down on goal line for Packers.
9:23 p.m. Driver near goal line. This is definitely Packer football.
9:22 p.m. Face mask on Rodgers sack. 1st down for Packers!
9:21 p.m. Green Bay at Cowboy 20. 2nd and 9. Crowd very loud. Donald Lee with another catch. 3rd and four. Seems bizarre that Green Bay is so much back in this game after horrible start.
9:20 p.m. Rodgers is getting great protection from offensive line. Big throw to Donald Lee. Seven completions in a row for Rodgers.
9:19 p.m. Dallas attack has definitely slowed. They appear to have fallen asleep a little bit. Rodgers gets a first down on a scramble. He does not look frazzled at all. This is the chance he’s been waiting for. Making most of it so far.
9:17 p.m. Favre looks very reflective on the sidelines. Wonder how that elbow is feeling. Rodgers had great protection and completed ball to Driver. FIRST DOWN!
9:14 p.m. Packers get ball back. Stay tuned . . . Cowboys have lost offensive spark.
9:13 p.m. NFL Network says Favre’s fingers and elbow are numb after hitting arm on Cowboys helmet on hit. Looks like Packers held Cowboys on fourth down. Momentum is shifting . . .
9:12 p.m. Career season for Favre up to tonight. Chances are he won’t care if Packers can come back in this one. Cowboys now at 3rd and 17.
9:11 p.m. Scratch that. Looks like he’s coming back to sidelines. Last couple of Romo passes have been way off.
9:11 p.m. Favre is getting x-rayed right now.
9:10 p.m. Easy holding call on Packers. One way to stop Romo.
9:09 p.m. Big return on second-half kickoff for Cowboys. Crosby had to make tackle. Not what you want. Favre did not come out of locker room for second half.
9:05 p.m. Packers and Cowboys close in first-half yardage. 236 for Cowboys, 223 for Packers. Packers way up in rushing, but obviously skewed because of Grant run. What jumps out at you?13.1 yards per pass play for Cowboys. Not going to win giving up that much yardage every pass play.
9:02 p.m. First half over. Exciting game, but not good for Packer fans. Packers keeping Cowboys rush in check, but they don’t need to run much with passing game Cowboys have. Romo has 197 yards with 147 yards going to Owens. Grant doing well statistically, certainly helped by huge touchdown run. Packers need to take TO out of game. Can’t let biggest weapon of team have this type of game. Rodgers, after rough first drive, looking OK. Favre is not coming out of locker room yet.
9:00 p.m. Favre apparently got hit on a nerve and said he can’t grasp football. Saying now that he’s out for the game.
8:55 p.m. First half over. Can Packers stop Owens? Will Favre return? Did someone say this would be a defensive game? Stay tuned for second half. This one’s not over.
8:54 p.m. Packers some momentum now. Certainly best drive of game just now.
8:53 p.m. Packers pretty lucky to be down by only ten points going into first half.
8:52 p.m. TOUCHDOWN PACKERS! JENNINGS. FIRST CAREER TD IN REGULAR SEASON GAME FOR RODGERS. GOOD DRIVE BY RODGERS.
8:51 p.m. First completion to Driver but little gain.
8:50 p.m. Dangerous pass by Rodgers. Ineligible receiver downfield on Packers. One step up, two steps back.
8:49 p.m. Good run for Grant. First down and goal for Packers.
8:49 p.m. NFL Network saying Favre has a bruised wrist. Corner Newman back in for Cowboys.
8:45 p.m. Another injury for Cowboys. Linebacker Burnett. Tide turning in favor of Packers? Two-minute warning.
8:45 p.m. Rodgers dumped. Need to get a TD here. 2nd and nine. No room for Grant on the screen. Flag down.
8:43 p.m. Good to see Jennings again. Two catches back-to-back. Best drive in a while. Odd that it’s with Rodgers and not Favre. Cowboys have cornerback Newman hurt. Could be a factor.
8:42 p.m. Rodgers and Grant completely off page. Jennings HUGE RUN AFTER CATCH! This is what they’ve been doing this year! This is what it’s about! Great play!
8:41 p.m. HEY, THE COWBOYS ARE PUNTING! THE COWBOYS ARE PUNTING! THE COWBOYS ARE PUNTING!
8:39 p.m. Six catches for Owens for 147 yards? In the second quarter? Hey, I’m playing against him on my fantasy team! Ugh! Romo just had a rare lousy pass to Witten. 3rd and 11 for Cowboys. Got to hold them here.
8:38 p.m. Favre is massaging the arm. Holding the football the entire time he’s been out. Owens wide open again. Harris was totally fooled on that one. At least Kampmann almost got a sack on
Romo. But still, big play, Dallas out of their end quickly.
8:35 p.m. Why are the Packers losing? Favre on the sidelines with two interceptions and four of 12. Jennings and Driver? No catches.
8:34 p.m. Favre is working on his arm on the sideline. Be surprised if he’s not back in the second half.
8:33 p.m. What is with this coverage? Someone must be open! Collinsworth just called a Dallas defender a “tool.” I think he meant it in a positive way.
8:32 p.m. Good scramble by Rodgers. First down.
8:31 p.m. Just replayed the Favre hit. Looked worse than first thought. First Rodgers pass tipped.
8:31 p.m. AARON RODGERS IS NOW UNDER CENTER! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
8:27 p.m. The Cowboys are just having fun with the Packers at this point. Another touchdown. Owens wide open. 27-10 Cowboys. Still 10 minutes in first half. This is not looking good. But of course, Packers still having an awesome season. Sorry, but trying to look for any positives! They still have four games after this one. A big game, but not the biggest game of the year — that will hopefully come in February!
8:26 p.m. Impressed so far with Romo. 7 of 10 for 150 yards I just heard Collinsworth say? Cowboys lost the challenge. Hopefully the Packers used the time to shore up something defensively.
8:25 p.m. Wade Phillips is challenging the call that the pass was incomplete. That’s a drop. Cowboys lose this one. But can the Packers keep them out of the end zone?
8:23 p.m. Fasano dropped a for sure touchdown pass. Packers missed a bullet there. That’s an
8:22 p.m. Obvious pass interference on Bush covering Austin. Ouch. First and goal for Cowboys.
8:19 p.m. Have to limit those toss backs if they aren’t going to be able to stop penetration. Another interception. Favre is flicking his arm like something is wrong. His arm was hit as he threw.
8:19 p.m. Nice completion to Jones under pressure. 19 yards. 1st down.
8:18 p.m. Favre is now 4 for 12. Another long ball into double coverage. Something is not right here. 3rd and 10.
8:17 p.m. THE FLEA FLICKER? What is going on with the play calls here? Driver was double covered.
8:16 p.m. First down Packers. Big drive here.
8:15 p.m. So far Romo is playing well. Obviously the romance with Jessica Simpson isn’t affecting his game. But the Packers are making it easier than it should be.
8:12 p.m. The Packers are not playing Packers football, either offensively and especially not defensively. Need to be more aggressive in their pass defense. Cowboys back up by ten.
8:11 p.m. Touchdown Dallas. Romo to the fullback. A three-play drive. Ouch. WAY TOO EASY! Romo has way too much time. Where is Kampmann?
8:10 p.m. Huge reception for Owens. They have to take him out of the game. If Whitten or Crayton wins it for them, that’s one thing. But they can’t give Romo that much time and they can’t let Owens get that open.
8:07 p.m. Nice return for Dallas. Long first quarter! Holding on Dallas. Good stuff. End of first quarter. Very entertaining game so far. Cowboys in front 13-10. Packers defense needs to shore some things up.
8:06 p.m. Onside kick attempt? In the first quarter? That’s bizarre. Don’t like it. Didn’t work. Penalty on Packers. Rekick. Don’t think they’ll try that again.
8:04 p.m. I really like the NFL Network coverage. So much better than ESPN. They treat every game as if it’s the Super Bowl when most of their matchups are weak.
8:04 p.m. Oops. Cowboys still up 13-10. But huge touchdown for Packers to stop Dallas momentum.
8:03 p.m. Holy! HUGE run by Grant! Touchdown Packers! Looked at first like a short gain for first down, and then he was long gone! Tie game.
8:02 p.m. Odd time out there for Dallas. Maybe somebody wanted to check to see who was voted off of Survivor.
8:01 p.m. If there’s a receiver Favre doesn’t trust, it’s Jones. Dropped a big one there. But Cowboys get flagged for too many men on the field. Packers retain possession. 3rd down.
8:00 p.m. This long stuff isn’t working. Spread it out, more slants. The Packers lead the league in YAC!
7:59 p.m. I mean, no one should panic should they lose this game.
7:59 p.m. OK, not giving up yet, but should they lose, Packers still 10-2. Pretty impressive.
7:56 p.m. 2nd and goal for Dallas. Romo had all day. Touchdown Dallas. What is happening here? What is it about Texas Stadium? Cowboys up 13-3 after TD pass to Patrick Crayton.
7:55 p.m. Here’s where you start missing Woodson.
7:54 p.m. Owens wide open. Need to get him covered up.
7:53 p.m. That was ugly. Picked off. What happened there? Favre got hit, but that’s no excuse. Worst pass seen from Favre in a while.
7:52 p.m. Packers need to do something here. At least hold on to the ball for a while.
7:50 p.m. OK, I meant Cowboys on that last one. Thanks to Owens, the Cowboys settle for a field goal. They’re up 6-3. The Packers got lucky there.
7:49 p.m. Third and long for the Packers. Yes! Love to see Owens drop that ball. Would have been a first down.
7:48 p.m. 16 yards. OK, that throw by Romo was more like it. Owens will get disinterested if he doesn’t start breaking some big plays.
7:47 p.m. Huge run by Barber. Surprised to see those holes open up.
7:46 p.m. I think the Packers will give that short stuff to Owens.
7:45 p.m. Cowboys are running the ball a little better than I anticipated. But I do have Marion Barber on my fantasy team!
7:43 p.m. Favre held on to the ball too long. Surprised to see that. But not surprised to see some plays on defense by both teams.
7:42 p.m. Huge hit on Ryan Grant by Roy Williams. That was impressive.
7:41 p.m. Williams falls down on the return. What is this, Heinz Field?
7:39 p.m. Is there any product that Peyton Manning doesn’t endorse? Does he send a little of that money to Ryan Leaf? He should.
7:38 p.m. Tie game. 3-3. Both of these defense will bend, but it will be hard to get them to break. Good start for the Packers though. Got to take the crowd out of the game.
7:37 p.m. Short of the first down. Doesn’t the NFL Network put the down and yardage on the screen? There it is now.
7:36 p.m. Dallas in the red zone already? Good coverage there. Bush will be tested. Good start for him.
7:35 p.m. Challenge lost. No surprise. Now the Cowboys put together a nice looking screen.
7:31 p.m. How many people were wrong about Mike McCarthy? I know I was. He’s throwing his flag. He won’t win this one. He’s challenging whether it’s a catch. That’s a wasted time out right there. Maybe McCarthy has early jitters as well.
7:30 p.m. I think Harris has that ball. For those of you who can’t see the game, Owens went up for a catch and then Harris snapped it out. OK, they’ve already called it a catch.
7:29 p.m. I don’t think the Cowboys will win this game on the ground any more than the Packers will.
7:26 p.m. Pretty good field position. Let’s see how the Packers handle Owens.
7:24 p.m. Hey, Packers take the early lead. Just a field goal, but I don’t think this game will be as high scoring as many predict. Like that Colts/Patriots game earlier this season.
7:23 p.m. Pretty impressive coverage there. But the Packers are being aggressive. Good sign.
7:20 p.m. Well, that was ugly. Wait, penalty. Forget that.
7:19 p.m. Early jitters. Favre won’t overthrow that pass later on.
7:18 p.m. First pass for a first down. You are going to see this spread offense stuff all night.
7:17 p.m. Sorry. Can’t root for Koren Robinson. Since when do the Packers acquire guys with that much baggage?
7:16 p.m. Roger Staubach. What does he know about how good the Packers are?
7:15 p.m. Say what you want about the NFL Network. I love seeing Bryant Gumbel do football. Reminds me of being a kid and watching the AFC on NBC. Cris Collinsworth is about as exciting as a fourteen-hour bus trip, however.
7:14 p.m. Oh, the coin toss. The tension mounts. Where’s Jerome Bettis?
7:10 p.m. So this will be our first chance to see how the NFL marks the death of Sean Taylor. Interesting that the first moment of silence for a Redskins player comes at the rival Cowboys stadium. I trust most of the fans will be respectful, but you never know. You can drink a lot of Coors by 7:15 p.m.
7:08 p.m. OK, that first one posted. Before we get started and I’m proven wrong, I like the Packers in this game. I know they are the underdog but I like the Packers pass offense against the Cowboys pass defense. Hurts that Woodson is out, though. I’m saying Packers 24, Cowboys 21.
7:05 p.m. Welcome to the ongoing Packers/Cowboys game blog. My head is swimming from all of the instructions I’ve been given by our Web master, but I hope to absorb all of the information, the game, and maybe even some questions as we go along here. Thanks for tuning in!