Tramon Williams – Green Bay’s secondary had a rough first half. They struggled to contain Dez Bryant and missed open-field tackles that should be routine at this point in the season. However, it may come as a surprise that Williams led the team in tackles on the day with nine (seven solo), and he only had one missed tackle when he tried to wrap up Bryant too high as the receiver came crossing over the middle of the field.
Williams played physical and was one of the few Green Bay defensive backs holding his own against the run. Williams also sealed the Packers’ win with an acrobatic catch on the interception during Dallas’ last possession.
The way Williams turned his body and scooped up the ball just before it hit the ground was nothing short of impressive. Even the officials couldn’t believe the ball didn’t hit the ground as they initially ruled the play an incomplete and then overturned it after a booth review.
Williams also had the near-interception earlier in the fourth quarter that would have been the turning point in the game if the play stood as originally called. I’m still surprised the officials overturned the ruling on the field on that one, but I guess it all worked out in the end.
Sam Shields – Shields had his fair share of struggles early on. Bryant was having his way with the Packers secondary, and Shields missed an open-field tackle against Jason Witten on Dallas’ first touchdown.
But if any sport is about redemption, it’s football. Shields had a monster second half, and that can’t go understated.
Not only did he make the play of the game with a fingertip interception that allowed Green Bay to get back in the game when it seemed well out of reach, he also deflected a handful of key passes in the second half that could have really impacted the game if they were completed.
Just a few plays before Shields’ interception, Dallas went play action on first down and went for the killshot. With the Packers in man coverage, Tony Romo lobbed the ball down field to Bryant, hoping for a big play to put the game away for good. Shields stayed with Bryant, made a great play on the ball, and nearly intercepted the pass as he out-jumped Bryant for the ball.
It was a huge play that not only stopped the clock late in the fourth quarter, but also put Dallas in a passing situation on the following two plays.