GREEN BAY – The Cowboys scored early and took a 7-3 lead over the Packers after one quarter on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The Cowboys got on the board right away. Choosing to take the ball after winning the coin toss, Dallas drove 75 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. A 14-yard pass to TE Jason Witten, an 11-yard run by RB Ezekiel Elliott and a 15-yard pass to Elliott got the Cowboys deep into Green Bay territory.
WR Cole Beasley then caught a 16-yard pass, and his 1-yard reception for the score put the Cowboys ahead 7-0 with 10:03 left in the quarter.
The Packers answered with a field goal, changing personnel constantly on their opening drive. QB Aaron Rodgers scrambled for a first down on third-and-7 to star the drive, and RB Eddie Lacy broke off a 25-yard run into Dallas territory. After an 8-yard completion to WR Ty Montgomery, FB Aaron Ripkowski was stuffed on a third-and-1 run, and the Packers settled for K Mason Crosby’s 37-yard boot.
The Cowboys got just one first down on their next possession. A stop of Elliott for 1 yard on a first-down run preceded a third-down completion to Witten that came up 1 yard short of the sticks.
Dallas got the ball right back, though. On a completion to WR Jordy Nelson, Dallas S Barry Church knocked the ball loose, and CB Morris Claiborne recovered for the Cowboys at the Green Bay 36.
The Cowboys got moving again right away on a 15-yard completion to WR Terrance Williams. That was QB Dak Prescott’s 163rd consecutive pass to begin his NFL career without an interception, beating Tom Brady’s previous NFL record.
Then on Prescott’s next attempt, he almost threw his first interception, as LB Julius Peppers got a piece of his arm, and LB Joe Thomas snagged the ball in midair to thwart the scoring threat. The play was ruled a sack and fumble rather than an interception.
The turnover gave the Packers the ball at their own 30, and a completion to WR Randall Cobb got Green Bay across midfield as the quarter expired.