Mike McCarthy decided that he would retake play calling duties. The plays did not seem any different but the team, especially Eddie Lacy, seemed to have more confidence.
The start of the game seemed ominous. Like here we go again. Deja vu all over again.
Packers get the ball to start the game, do not get further than their own 27 yard line and are forced to punt.
McFadden runs left for 9 yards then right for 50 yards and Dallas is knocking on the door. A quick pass to Jason Witten gives Dallas 1st and goal from the 2 yard line.
With their backs up against the wall, the Packers defense stiffens. On 1st down, Mike Pennel stuffs McFadden for a 1 yard loss. Then Cassel throws high to Witten who seemed to have a step on the defender. That brings up 3rd and goal. Packers blitz by Clay Matthews in the face of Cassel causes him to hurry his throw that goes off the hands of Dez Bryant and the ball is picked off by Sam Shields in the end zone. Dallas has the 29th ranked Red Zone offense in the NFL.
It is early but this could have been the play of the game.
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