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Three Phases: Cowboys-Packers

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    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) misses a pass as Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: C+

    On one hand, the Cowboys scored 36 points, and scored 26 points in the first half alone while putting up a franchise-record yardage total in the first half. On the other hand, and this is partly an indictment of the coaching staff, the offense collapsed in the second half with turnovers and for whatever unknown reason abandoned the running game. DeMarco Murray was visibly upset as the Cowboys continued to throw away the game, and rightfully so, he was great. Then, the Cowboys just quit using him. It was ugly. Murray and Dez Bryant's 153 yards and a TD were the only saving graces and the reason this isn't a big fat "F."

    Defense: F

    This is a tough "Three Phases" to do because the Cowboys looked like world-beaters for a half, and like the worst team in football for a half. The same goes for the defense, which was getting a turnover while holding the Packers to three points in the first half. Then, in the second half, they let Matt Flynn, of all people, burn them for four touchdown passes after the entire Packers offense looked helpless in the first half.

    Special teams: B

    Dan Bailey was fantastic, going 5-for-5 on field goals, including two 50-yarders and a 47-yarder.