When the Green Bay Packers went to Dallas on Sunday afternoon and handed the Cowboys their first loss at home since September 11, 2022, this was more than just a deflating loss for Dallas and incredible victory for Green Bay. We also saw two South Jersey High School Graduates on opposing sides in an NFL Playoff game.

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Green Bay Packers upset the Dallas Cowboys
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For the Green Bay Packers who won the game 48-32, their offense compiled 415 Total Yards against a Cowboys defense that was thought to be one of the best in the NFL. Packers Wide Receiver Bo Melton is from Mays Landing, New Jersey and graduated from Cedar Creek High School before playing College Football at Rutgers University.

Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Bo Melton is from Mays Landing, New Jersey
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Even though Melton only had one catch for seven receiving yards in Green Bay's win over the Cowboys, he has become a valuable player for the offense in recent weeks.  The last three games of the regular season when the Packers were fighting to earn a spot in the NFL Playoffs, Melton had 15 catches along with 232 Total Yards and his first NFL Touchdown catch was against the Minnesota Vikings on December 31st.

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Back Markquese Bell is from Bridgeton, New Jersey
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In the Dallas Cowboys loss on Sunday, it was the first time a team scored 48 Points against them since October 4, 2020 against the Cleveland Browns. Even though the Cowboys Defense got ran over most of the afternoon by the Packers, the Bridgeton High School Graduate Markquese Bell was tied for the most tackles for Dallas (8 Combined, 5 Solo Tackles).

Dallas Cowboys Safety Markquese Bell is a South Jersey High School Graduate
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After playing College Football at Florida A&M, Bell was an Undrafted Free Agent who first played games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2022 as a Special Teams Contributor. This season, Bell earned more playing time and finished the 2023 season with the second most Solo Tackles (61) along with the second most Forced Fumbles (2) for the Cowboys Defense.

The Green Bay Packers are the lowest remaining seed from the NFC Playoff field, so Bo Melton and his teammates will travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers next weekend in the NFL Divisional Round of the Postseason. The Cowboys season is over and while Markquese Bell will be heading home from a disappointing end to the Dallas season, there is speculation that he could be playing for new coaches next season.

Check Out Greater Atlantic City, NJ Area Athletes Who Played Games In NFL

Many people are not aware of the number of athletes from the Greater Atlantic City Region who have played in the National Football League. Football players who played at high schools in Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland, and Ocean Counties have a strong representation in the NFL over the last few decades.

One of the most difficult accomplishments in sports is to make a Professional Sports Roster and earn the opportunity to play in a game at the highest level of the sport. Check out some of the great South Jersey Athletes who have played in games in the NFL:

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