Notebook: Driver Moves Up All-Time List


DALLAS - Donald Driver jumped ahead of another Green Bay great in the team record books on Thursday night.

With his seven catches for 66 yards, Driver moved into third place on the Packers' all-time list for receptions, surpassing Hall of Famer Don Hutson. Driver now has 491 career receptions, three more than Hutson at 488.

The catch that eclipsed Hutson came on a 6-yard curl route on the opening play of a fourth-quarter drive for a field goal. It was Driver's fifth catch in the game.

Driver's career receiving yardage total also climbed to 6,827, less than 100 yards behind Boyd Dowler (6,918) for fourth place on the all-time list in that category. Driver is also just 102 yards away from his fifth 1,000-yard season, a milestone reached by only James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe in team history.

Call stands

The Packers lost a replay challenge in the first quarter on what appeared to be a turnover giving the ball to Green Bay.

On the Cowboys' opening series of the game, Tony Romo completed a pass along the sideline to Terrell Owens, and as Owens was going out of bounds, cornerback Al Harris ripped the ball away from him and secured possession. One side judge ruled a catch by Owens, while another signaled Green Bay ball.

Ultimately, the call was a catch by Owens with forward progress being stopped. The Packers challenged the call, but the ruling stood, and Dallas went on to kick a field goal to tie the score at 3.

Surprise, surprise

The Packers caught the Cowboys napping on special teams right after Ryan Grant's 62-yard run late in the first quarter, but unfortunately they couldn't take advantage.

In a very surprise move, the Packers tried an onside kick, and kicker Mason Crosby easily recovered the ball just beyond the 40-yard line with no Cowboys near him.

But before the ball went 10 yards, the bouncing kick deflected off Green Bay fullback John Kuhn's arm as he was running in front of Crosby, and the illegal touching penalty negated the onside kick recovery.

The Packers had to re-kick, and kicked the ball deep.

First action

Rookie defensive tackle Daniel Muir was active for the first time and saw the first regular-season action of his career. Muir was worked into the defensive tackle rotation sparingly and did not record a tackle.

Cornerback Will Blackmon also was active and played for the first time, primarily on special teams, since Week 4. Blackmon had been recovering from a broken foot suffered in practice in early October.

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