Dallas Cowboys (6-4) 37, Green Bay Packers (6-3-1) 6
Sunday January 16th 1983 (at Dallas)
(DALLAS) - In a can-you-top-this game of wild plays, the Dallas Cowboys eliminated the Green Bay Packers, 37-26, from the playoffs. The Cowboys earned their third chance in three years at the NFC title. Two years ago, they lost at Philadelphia. Last year, they fell at San Francisco. As coach Tom Landry had predicted, the game was not a defensive bore. "We just had to keep bombing the goal line," Landry said. The final bomb blew Green Bay away. The Packers outgained Dallas, 363-206, in the second half to come back from a 20-7 half time deficit. They closed to 30-26 when Danny White, on a third-and-3 from his 15, tried to hit Timmy Newsome coming out of the backfield on a little swing pass. The ball was thrown a bit behind Newsome and bounced off his right hand to CB Mark Lee, who ran 22 yards for the score with 7:23 left. Green Bay had momentum. The Cowboys had the ball. They needed to score. They started to move upfield and were faced with a thirdand- 4 from the 43. White hit Doug Cosbie for seven to keep the drive alive. "It you're looking for the key play of the game, there it is," said White, who hit 23-of-36 for 225 yards. The biggest big play, the bomb, came next. In the second quarter, White threw a screen left to Drew Pearson that picked up three yards. But Pearson and Tony Hill noticed all the defenders came up on the play, leaving Hill alone. Landry noticed, too. Now, it was first down at the 50. Landry called the same quick screen to Pearson. This time, Pearson was given the freedom to unload. "He said if I don't have the touchdown, then I don't have anything," Pearson said. "I just threw it up, and Tony made the play." "When I saw Drew wind up, I thought he was going to throw it out of the stadium," Hill said. "It was a great pass. The wide receivers on this team feel if the ball is up there we can get it." Pearson's throw wobbled, it changed direction, it went over Hill's, wrong shoulder. But Hill came down with it at the 1, fighting off Mike McCoy. "Lo and behold," Hill said, "it stuck." On the next play, Robert Newhouse scored. Just 4:24 remained, and that was the game. The Cowboys ran off the game's first 19 plays, but managed just a 6-0 lead. Rafael Septien hit a 50-yard field goal to cap the Cowboys' first series and was good from 34 yards after Del Rodgers fumbled the kickoff, which Jeff Rohrer recovered. Green Bay was baffled offensively for much of the first half. The Packers didn't pick up their initial first down until 11:31 remained in the second quarter, and they held the ball for only 7:41 of the half. That didn't stop them from taking a 7-6 lead six minutes into the second quarter. They moved 73 yards to a second-and-goal at the 1. James Lofton and John Jefferson lined up on the left. Jefferson ran a crossing pattern, clearing out the middle. Lofton put an outside fake on Dennis Thurman - he would retaliate later with three interceptions - and cut inside to grab a pass from Lynn Dickey. The Cowboys, however, came right back, moving 80 yards, with the score coming on a 2-yard run by Newsome. Green Bay got the ball back on its 25 with 1:13 showing. Instead of running out the clock, Packers coach Bart Starr instructed Dickey to throw an out pattern to Jefferson down the left sideline. "He tried to push me off," said Thurman, who had Jefferson in single coverage. "At that point, I knew he was running an out pattern. I read his route and got underneath him." Thurman stepped in front of Jefferson, caught the ball in full stride and went 39 vards for the touchdown. Presto, 20-7, two touchdowns in 14 seconds, and half time.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  6 13 - 26
DALLAS    -  6 14  3 14 - 37
                       GREEN BAY        DALLAS
First downs                   21            24
Rush-yards-TDs          17-158-1      39-109-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 19-36-332-1-3 24-37-274-1-1
Sacked-yards                4-24           1-8
Net pass yards               308           266
Total yards                  466           375
Fumbles-lost                 4-2           1-1
Turnovers                      5             2
Penalties-yards             3-35          5-30
1st - DAL - Rafael Septien, 50-yard field goal DALLAS 3-0
1st - DAL - Septien, 34-yard field goal DALLAS 6-0
2nd - GB - Lofton, 6-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - DAL - Timmy Newsome, 2-yard run (Septien kick) DALLAS 13-7
2nd - DAL - Dennis Thurman, 39-yard interception return (Septien kick) DALLAS 20-7
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 30-yard field goal DALLAS 20-10
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 33-yard field goal DALLAS 20-13
3rd - DAL - Septien, 24-yard field goal DALLAS 23-13
4th - GB - Lofton, 71-yard run (Kick failed) DALLAS 23-19
4th - DAL - Doug Cosbie, 7-yard pass from Danny White (Septien kick) DALLAS 30-19
4th - GB - M.Lee, 22-yard interception return (Stenerud kick) DALLAS 30-26
4th - DAL - Robert Newhouse, 1-yard run (Septien kick) DALLAS 37-26
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 1-71 1 TD, Del Rodgers 4-42, Eddie Lee Ivery 7-24, Gerry Ellis 4-21, Lynn Dickey 1-0
DALLAS - Tony Dorsett 27-99, Robert Newhouse 7-15 1 TD, Timmy Newsome 1-2 1 TD, Danny White 4-(-7)
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 36-19-332 1 TD 3 INT
DALLAS - Danny White 36-23-225 1 TD 1 INT, Drew Pearson 1-1-49
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-109 1 TD, Paul Coffman 5-72, Gerry Ellis 5-70, John Jefferson 2-40, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-25, Phil Epps 1-16
DALLAS - Tony Hill 7-142, Timmy Newsome 7-70, Doug Cosbie 4-36 1 TD, Tony Dorsett 3-9, Billy Joe DuPree 2-14, Drew Pearson 1-3
Green Bay quarterback Lynn Dickey walks off the field with a trainer after he was shaken up by a sack by a Dallas Cowboys defender during fourth quarter action.