Cowboys second-year tight end Anthony Fasano caught his first career TD to give Dallas a 20-10 lead with 13:20 left in the first half. It came on a nice Tony Romo pass over cornerback Jarrett Bush from 26 yards.
The Cowboys survived an early turnover when Packers cornerback Al Harris took the ball away from receiver Terrell Owens. The officials however ruled that his forward progress was stopped -- although television replays cleared showed it was a catch and fumble. The Cowboys went on to get a field goal on the drive and tie the score at 3-3 in the first quarter.
About an hour ago I commented to a colleague that there was a buzz in the stadium befitting a playoff game. Cameras were clicking non-stop and this was during pregame warmups. Well no such authority than Mr. Three Super Bowl rings himself, Troy Aikman, agreed. He just said on NFL Network that there was a playoff atmosphere in the stadium. Time for kickoff. Brett Favre is on offense first.
Things seen and heard on the field of Texas Stadium...
-- Tony Romo and Brett Favre having a pre-game moment near midfield during warmups before heading to the locker to suit up. They shared a few laughs, joked with Packers backup Aaron Rodgers while the cameras swarmed them. Oddly, former Cowboys tight end great Jay Novacek (wearing his dress-up clothes, boots and cowboys hat) broke the moment to come and say hi to Favre. Romo and Favre are also featured on tonight's game program. You think Lambeau Field would have done the same?
-- T.O. arriving at 5:15 p.m. as one of the last Cowboys to arrive. Real surprise there.
-- Ex-Cowboys receiver Alvin Harper on the sidelines. The Cowboys are honoring the 1992 and 1977 Super Bowl teams. Also spotted, Darren Woodson, Joe Avezzano and Tony Casillas.
-- NFL Network has the Cowboys Stadium of on-field sets. Enormous.
-- Sign in the endzone that reads Cowboys and Redskins fans remember Sean Taylor.
David O'Daniel got to the parking lots at Texas Stadium at 1:15 to secure a spot for today's tailgate. Complete with food, drinks, a TV and a satellite dish, O'Daniel and his friends had their tailgate hopping by 2:30 -- 30 minutes after the parking lots here at Texas Stadium opened. Their cheers of "T" and "O" could be heard from all the way from the pedestrian bridge over the highway.
These diehard Cowboys fans had no qualms when asked which team in tonight's contest was better. Of course, they picked the Cowboys. But why?
"They have five rings," said Chris Regalado.
"They're America's Team. People in Thailand are going to be watching tonight's game because of the Cowboys," added Jason Pearce.
"Everything is better in Texas," said Ray Redd. "Of course the Cowboys are better. The Packers are from Wisconsin, the Cowboys are from Texas. Where would you rather be - Wisconsin or Texas?"