Brett Favre in the Big D
I’m shamelessly swiping this from Tim MacMahon at the Dallas Morning News:
Date: Oct. 3, 1993
Score: Cowboys 36, Packers 14
Favre’s stats: 21-37, 174 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Story: Troy Aikman threw for 317 yards against a Packers defense focused on stopping Emmitt Smith, and Favre couldn’t keep up. Only the Cowboys’ red-zone inefficiency kept the game from being a total laugher. “We got beat by a real good football team,” Packers DE Reggie White said. “They busted our butts out there.”
Date: Jan. 16, 1994
Score: Cowboys 27, Packers 17
Favre’s stats: 28-45, 331 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Story: A sloppy performance was good enough for the Cowboys to advance to the NFC Championship Game to meet San Francisco for the second consecutive year. “The way we played today, there was no possible way we could have beat San Francisco,” said Emmitt Smith, who rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries while still nursing a separated shoulder. Aikman threw for 302 yards and three TDs.
Date: Nov. 24, 1994
Score: Cowboys 42, Packers 31
Favre’s stats: 27-40, 257 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Story: A third-string quarterback named Jason Garrett led the Cowboys to a franchise-record 36 second-half points on Thanksgiving Day, overshadowing Favre’s four TD passes to Sterling Sharpe. Emmitt Smith aided the Cowboys’ cause with 133 rushing yards and 95 receiving yards.
Date: Jan. 8, 1995
Score: Cowboys 35, Packers 9
Favre’s stats: 18-35, 211 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Story: The Cowboys delivered a rather thorough playoff butt kicking. Troy Aikman completed 23 of 30 passes for 337 yards, highlighted by a playoff-record 94-yard TD pass to Alvin Harper that broke the game open. Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek and Harper all had 100-yard receiving games. But the Cowboys couldn’t be too happy after the game, as Emmitt Smith aggravated a left hamstring injury, putting his availablity for the NFC Championship Game vs. the 49ers in doubt.
Date: Oct. 8, 1995
Score: Cowboys 34, Packers 24
Favre’s stats: 21-41, 295 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, two carries, 25 yards, 2 TD
Story: The Triplets hit yardage milestones in the same game for the first time in their careers — Troy Aikman passed for 300, Michael Irvin had 100 receiving, and Emmitt Smith rushed for 100. But they needed a clock-milking drive in the fourth quarter to prevent Favre from having a shot at finishing a comeback from three touchdowns down.
Date: Jan. 14, 1996
Score: Cowboys 38, Packers 27
Favre’s stats: 21-39, 307 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Story: The Cowboys best defense was handing the ball to Emmitt Smith. They did so 35 times, and he responded by rushing for 150 yards and three touchdowns, allowing the Cowboys to control the ball for 39 minutes. Fifty of those yards and two of those TDs came in the fourth quarter, which began with the Cowboys trailing, primarily due to MVP Favre’s brilliance.
Date: Oct. 18, 1996
Score: Cowboys 21, Packers 6
Favre’s stats: 21-37, 194 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Story: Chris Boniol tied an NFL record with seven field goals in a game dominated by the Dallas defense, which sacked Favre four times. “There’s so much hype about Favre and the Packer offense that we wanted to prove we could go out and stop anybody,” Cowboys cornerback Kevin Smith said. “We made the plays.”
Date: Nov. 14, 1999
Score: Cowboys 27, Packers 13
Favre’s stats: 26-50, 260 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Story: OK, this was the one Cowboys team Favre faced in Texas Stadium that wasn’t pretty damn good. The Triplets were all spectators for this game, but Jason Garrett (199 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) outplayed Favre. Favre had a chance to tie the score in the final minute, but ex-Packer George Teague picked off a pass and returned it 95 yards for a door-slamming TD.