The Green Bay Packers had not given up a run of more than 20 yards through the first four games of the season. Ezekiel Elliott had three such carries Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys rookie running back ran for 157 yards on 28 carries to lead the Cowboys to a 30-16 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers had allowed a total of 141 rushing yards entering the game. Dallas racked up 191 yards on Sunday.
The Cowboys win spoiled the day for Packers fans at the stadium to celebrate the ring ceremony of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.
Some of those fans, who periodically booed the Packers offense, may have wanted Favre to suit up again as Aaron Rodgers continued to struggle this season. Rodgers was 31 of 42 for 294 yards with a touchdown. The two-time NFL MVP uncharacteristically threw an interception at home for the second straight game.
The Cowboys (5-1) converted Barry Church's interception of Rodgers into a 22-yard Dan Bailey field goal to take a 20-6 lead midway through the third quarter.
Rodgers is having the worst season of his career with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions and 1,170 passing yards through five games. He fumbled while attempting a quarterback draw at the goal line late in the third quarter. The Packers (3-2) got the ball back thanks to Morgan Burnett's interception to snap Dak Prescott's NFL record of 176 straight pass attempts without an interception, but Rodgers missed a wide-open Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone and the Packers settled for a field goal.
Cobb's 6-yard reception in fourth-quarter was the first touchdown pass thrown by Rodgers in the second half of a game this season.
The Packers were plagued by four turnovers and several drops.
As much as the Packers offense struggled to get on track against the Cowboys, the Dallas offense had things rolling with Elliott and Prescott. The Cowboys quarterback was 18 of 27 for 247 yards to set an NFL record with 176 pass attempts without an interception to start a career.
Prescott's 20-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler gave the Cowboys a 17-6 halftime advantage. Prescott's favorite target Sunday was Cole Beasley, who caught six passes for 58 yards and two scores.
Sunday's game was supposed to be heavyweight matchup between the NFL's best rushing offense and the league's best run defense. It was a battle clearly won by the Cowboys, whose offensive line opened lanes for Elliott and held the Packers to just one sack.
That sack did lead to a turnover as Julius Peppers jarred the ball loose from Prescott to set up a Packers field goal.
There were questions whether the young Cowboys offensive stars would be frazzled by their first-ever trip to Lambeau Field, where the Cowboys' lone victory came in 2008. But Dallas snapped a five-game losing streak by riding Prescott and Elliott, who showed they're no ordinary rookies with the composure of seasoned veterans.
"I just stayed within the moment and stayed within the game plan," Prescott, a fourth-round pick from Mississippi State, told Fox Sports. "But I played in the SEC, so I've been preparing for a minute."