In an earlier thread, which has now dropped off the forum's front page, it was stated that the outcome of the Packers game was inevitable based on the defense's inability to slow down Green Bay's offense in the second half. I disagree. Time between plays will be 40 seconds from the end of a given play until the snap of the ball for the next play, or a 25-second interval after certain administrative stoppages and game delays Green Bay scored their decisive touchdown with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter. Game situation 1 of 4: (3rd Quarter) Dallas has the ball on 2nd and 5 at the Packer 36 following a DeMarco Murray five yard run. Pass play results in an incompletion. Clock stops. 40 seconds elapses if Dallas elects to run the ball for a 3rd and short or 1st down opportunity. Game situation 2 of 4: (3rd Quarter) It is 2nd and 10 on the Dallas 15 yard line following a first down pass incompletion. Clock stops. The prospect of a possible 3rd and short play happens if Murray carries the ball and runs an additional 40 seconds off the clock. Game situation 3 of 4: (4th Quarter) Murray runs five yards on first down to make it 2nd and 5 at the Dallas 25. Clock is running. Dallas elects to pass and Romo is intercepted. While the play was overturned upon review, the clock has been stopped. Another 40 seconds ticks off if Dallas ran the ball on second down. Game situation 4 of 4: (4th Quarter) With the Cowboys still holding the lead, Dallas elects to pass at their 35-yard line on 2nd and 6 and Romo is intercepted again. If Dallas had run for third and short or better, 40 seconds more slips from the Packers' grasp. Total probable time which could have been taken off the game clock by running the ball only four more times during the game: 2 minutes 40 seconds. Again, Green Bay scored the decisive touchdown with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter. That's one minute 34 seconds. Executing only four run plays in place of four pass plays, in reasonable down and distance situations, regardless of result minus fumbling, could have changed the outcome of the game in Dallas' favor. Greater time of possession for Dallas would have been the difference in the end. Why were some observers calling for Garrett to run the ball more during the second half to protect the lead? Good question.