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Dec 13, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) runs past Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church (42) and defensive end Randy Gregory (94) for a first down in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


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Mike McCarthy had seen enough, and he made the decision to take back play-calling duties from Tom Clements. The result was a comfortable 28-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

In tough, rainy conditions, McCarthy opted to lead with the ground game, and the Packers dominated with the 1-2 punch we haven’t seen enough of this season. McCarthy was spot on when he said Eddie Lacy was “rejuvenated”, and he ran for 124 yards and a touchdown. James Starks was excellent, too, turning his 11 carries into 71 yards and a score. Starks also found the end zone on a 13-yard reception.

To make a deep playoff run, the Packers need to be able to lean on their ground game, and McCarthy knows this. He will have been delighted to see the production from their two runners, behind a much healthier offensive line than in recent weeks.

Some love needs to go the defense, which has been the most consistent unit for this team all year. The defense held the Cowboys to just seven points, and made life tough for stand-in quarterback Matt Cassel, who threw for just 114 yards.

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