» Packers defense: 5 sacks, 3 takeaways (21 takeaways this season; at least 1 takeaway in each game this season).
» The Cowboys are 1-6 all-time at Lambeau Field including the playoffs.
» Tony Romo was sacked five times (ties season high).
It wasn't a pretty win for the Packers (5-4), but it might have saved their season after back-to-back demoralizing losses.
"It seemed like guys had a lot of passion out there today for the game," Woodson said. "Where it came from, I don't know, but we were happy to have it and got a big win for this team. We've got to have that passion every week, and it's got to show up on the field."
Dallas also lost starting right tackle Marc Colombo to a broken left fibula.
"Their defense is good, they've got a good scheme," Romo said. "I don't know how they are normally, but today they definitely got good pressure on the quarterback, slowed our running game and they played good behind it. The secondary, they've got good players."
The defense's dominant performance bailed out an offense that looked lost in the first half.
"I think a lot of people were thinking this was going to be the end of our road," Rodgers said.
Rodgers was 25 of 36 for 189 yards and a touchdown in another rough day, taking four sacks and spending much of the day under pressure.
But he took matters into his own hands to lead the Packers on a 15-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 1-yard sneak for a 10-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.
"I'm proud of the fact that when we needed a big drive in the third quarter, we came up with it," Rodgers said.
"Most of our secondary went out in that one drive, which really hampered us," Phillips said. "We didn't have enough DBs to play even a nickel defense."
Phillips tried to challenge the play, saying a Dallas player had recovered the fumble, but officials ruled that the play was not reviewable. That decision didn't sit well.
"They said because they ruled it a fumble all the way through, that I couldn't challenge it even though we recovered the ball and our guy was touched and he knew the guy was down," Phillips said.
Referee Jeff Triplette told a pool reporter recovery of a loose ball in the field of play is not reviewable by rule.
Facing third-and-goal after the turnover, Rodgers threw to Havner for a touchdown -- the fourth score of the season for Havner, a former linebacker who switched positions in training camp.
The Packers generated plenty of pressure despite playing without outside linebacker Aaron Kampman, who is recovering from a concussion. Even when they did allow a big play, Woodson was there, stripping the ball from Williams after a long completion in the first half.
The Packers switched to a 3-4 alignment under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers in the offseason. So far, the new-look defense has dominated some weaker opponents but wilted against Cincinnati and in two games against Minnesota.
McCarthy comes from an offensive background, but said he prefers to win with defense.
"I love this kind of football," McCarthy said. "Maybe I was a defensive coach wannabe."
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