Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Buckley Burned, Packers Cooked in Dallas Bonfire

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Buckley Burned, Packers Cooked in Dallas Bonfire

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With Sterling Sharpe staying warm on the sideline and Terrell Buckley getting burned on the field, the Dallas Cowboys' fast start scorched the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Buckley was beaten for a 94-yard touchdown and dropped an interception that was quickly followed by another Dallas TD in the first half of Green Bay's 35-9 loss at Texas Stadium.

Buckley's first-half performance prompted Fox TV analyst and former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson to suggest the Packers would have been better off with Buckley joining the injured Sharpe on the sidelines.

Sharpe, who caught four touchdowns against Dallas on Thanksgiving, sat out with a neck injury.

Buckley, who is 5 feet 9 and 176 pounds, has been overmatched by bigger, taller and faster receivers, particularly in the second half of the season. Johnson said the Packers have tried to hide Buckley by moving him all over the field.

But, cracked Johnson, "The only place to hide him is on the bench."

"Jimmy needs to stay in the booth where he's at," Buckley responded when told of Johnson's dig. "He doesn't know what's going on. Those guys in the booth, they don't know what coverages we're running . . .

"I guess he's got a personal thing for me or something," Buckley said. "When things go bad, you pick a guy and blame him. I guess I'm the guy."

Alvin Harper, who had just two receptions since November, burned Buckley for a National Football League playoff record 94-yard touchdown catch that put Dallas up 14-3 late in the first quarter.

Harper, who is 6-3, didn't need a lob pass and he didn't need to out-jump Buckley. He beat him off the line and sprinted to mid-field, where he caught quarterback Troy Aikman's pass in full stride right at the Cowboys' blue-and-silver star on the 50-yard line.

Buckley never caught him and Harper shook off safety George Teague at the 10 for the touchdown.

"Don't blame Terrell," strong safety LeRoy Butler said. "I shouldn't have come in on Jay Novacek. But both of them were open. …

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