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At Lambeau, a Magnolia moment

As Southern Miss’ Brett Favre was leaving the field, Dak Prescott of Mississippi State was also on the field, in his Pro Football Hall of Fame sports jacket, and his Hall of Fame ring. 4 was returning to the field to continue his special play as a rookie for Dallas Cowboys. This took place at the conclusion of halftime ceremonies in honor Favre. His name was unveiled on Lambeau Field’s stadium. The two No. At midfield, the No. 4s were face-to–face, eye-to–eye, shaking hands. Although we couldn’t see Dak, Brett smiled warmly. Favre texted Monday that he had just told Dak that he was impressed by his play and poise. Isn’t everybody? Dak Prescott is a fourth-round draft pick who continues to play at the Pro Bowl level. Prescott managed to handle a difficult game on the road in one the most hostile NFL environments. Prescott broke the NFL record of Tom Brady for consecutive passes without an intercept to start his NFL career. The Packers were stunned when he broke their hearts. Favre’s successor, Aaron Rodgers, was outplayed by him solidly, with Favre completing only 18 of his 27 passes for 233 yard. He threw three touchdowns and one interception. The numbers don’t show the full story of Dak’s athleticism, his poise and his agility. He also created time for his receivers by moving around in the pocket, making it easier for them to open their eyes. It doesn’t say how, when there was nothing, he didn’t force the issue. He simply lost the ball in these circumstances. It’s not clear from the numbers how his teammates supported him. This is just like what happened at State, when he made everyone around better. We wouldn’t be wrong to say Prescott reminded us of Favre. They are two very different players. Both men are athletic and strong in the country, and they both wear No. 4. However, these similarities end. Favre played the game with pirate’s swagger. Favre was open to taking chances. He believed that he had the ability to throw the ball through tight windows because he had a stronger arm. Surprisingly Prescott, the rookie, is more cautious and measured than he was before. He isn’t willing to take risks. He either throws high-percentage passes or doesn’t throw any at all. He has only thrown one interception in six professional games. Both styles are entertaining in their own ways. Favre then said what anyone with eyes can see. Dak Prescott should be Cowboys’ quarterback moving forward. Although Tony Romo, the veteran, will soon be fully healthy, Romo is still having his Wally Pipp moment. When Pipp was able to play, the Yankees didn’t sit Lou Gehrig. Prescott should not be sat by the Cowboys. Favre is not the only one who believes it. Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, and other people have also weighed in. Prescott has been awarded the No. 1 quarterback job. When you have won five consecutive games and the rookie is performing like an All-Pro, you don’t want to switch back. You keep the now-brittle veteran in reserve for the event of a rookie’s slump, which is unlikely at this stage. Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones should have seen two drives. The first came after the opening coin toss. The Cowboys, visiting team, won and chose to receive the coin. This was against the conventional NFL wisdom which says to delay the decision until the second half. Instead, the Cowboys wanted the ball with a rookie quarterback at Lambeau Field. Prescott delivered with his four first passes, which were good for 46 yards and a touchdown. He ran once for six yards. Lambeau Field? It was Dak’s playground. The Cowboys’ second crucial drive was when they got the ball back at their three-yard line at halftime. Dallas led only by 10-6. The Packer fans were loud. Prescott handed the ball twice to Ezekiel Elliott, a rookie, for nine yards. The Packers then took timeouts to try to get the ball back in time to take the lead. These timeouts were a big mistake. After two perfect passes of 46 yards and 20 yards from Prescott, it was just three plays later that the Cowboys were in another end zone. Keep in mind that the Cowboys have been playing several times without their top wide receiver or their starting left tackle during their five-game win streak. The Cowboys have now got a bye week. This gives them two weeks to make what should be a simple decision.