Has Aaron Rodgers ever been a threat to the Dallas Cowboys? In leading his team to a come-from-behind, 31-28, overtime victory over the Cowboys. The Green Bay Packers quarterback once again established himself as the villain, destroying head coach Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay homecoming. Rodgers attempted only six throws in the first half but completed four of them. And he went 10 for 16 the rest of the way for 224 yards overall, three touchdowns, and a passer rating of 146.7. With his help, the Packers tied the game with 14 straight points in the fourth quarter. And they went on to win the game with a field goal in the extra period.
Of course, it was the Packers who actually caused the most harm on the field. Dallas’ defense once more failed to thwart an opponent’s rushing attack as Green Bay amassed 207 rushing yards, including 138 and a touchdown by Aaron Jones.
In terms of offense, Dak Prescott struggled throughout the day. His two interceptions resulted in two Packers touchdowns, although neither of his errors was helped by his receivers. In contrast to the team rushing the ball on 31 snaps. He dropped back 48 times during the game and completed only 58.7 percent of his passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, a 78.6 rating.
CeeDee Lamb was Dak Prescott’s main target that day. Lamb tied his personal best with two touchdown catches and recorded a career-high 150 receiving yards. The most by a Dallas pass-catcher this season. Dallas had a 5.1 yards per carry average and 159 total running yards when they did run the ball, which was mostly successful. Ezekiel Elliott was once more injured, so Tony Pollard ran the ball 22 times for a career-high 115 rushing yards.
The 1st Quarter
The Packers used their ground game frequently and early, moving the ball 61 yards on 12 of their first 16 plays. However, despite having the ball in their hands for an extended period of time. More than 10 minutes into the first quarter—Green Bay was unable to score any points. Prescott only completed three of his first seven passes. And the Cowboys only managed three-and-outs on each of their opening two series.
The 2nd Quarter Quarter
However, the Dallas quarterback’s three first-quarter touchdown passes all came on the team’s third drive of the contest as the offense began to click. As the time moved into the second quarter, the Cowboys continued the drive.
In fact, they managed to maintain their momentum all the way to the goal line with a remarkable 17-play. The 83-yard performance consumed 8:21 of the clock. Throughout the series, Prescott completed all 10 of his ball attempts for a total of 58 yards. Connecting five times with Lamb for 40 of those yards. With a leap across the goal line for a 3-yard score and a quick lead. Lamb earned scoring honors as well.
But only a few minutes later, on the third snap of the Packers’ following possession, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence stripped quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Putting the Cowboys within striking distance. Jayron Kearse, a safety, was left to seize the opportunity. And give Dallas the ball at the Green Bay 10-yard line. Lawrence’s forced fumble, the 18th of his career, propelled him into third place all-time in franchise history.
Prescott later paid the favor back, though. He attempted to throw into the packed middle of the end zone on third down. But Packers safety Rudy Ford intercepted the pass and returned it out to the Green Bay 33-yard line.
Unfortunately, the Packers abused their kindness. Rodgers found Christian Watson flying down the right sideline. Outrunning Dallas CB Anthony Brown for a 58-yard touchdown to tie the game on a third-and-1 at his own 42-yard line. Soon after that, Brown would leave the field with a concussion and be done for the day.
Then another calamity occurred. When Prescott and Lamb failed to communicate, Ford had another simple interception after the Cowboys had advanced to midfield. With just over two minutes left in the half. He returned the pick this time 34 yards to the Dallas 24-yard line, giving the home team a terrific field position.
Which gave the Packers plenty of time to profit from another Cowboys error. Running back Jones scored the touchdown. And gave his team a 14-7 lead by dashing up the middle and sprinting to the left pylon. However, the first half had not yet been over. With 1:37 remaining in the game, Prescott completed 6 of 7 passes for 55 yards as the Cowboys offense got rolling at their own 34-yard line. The final one was a 5-yard pass strike to Dalton Schultz that tied the game just before halftime.
The 3rd Quarter
The game’s biggest storyline, turnovers, persisted, but this time the Cowboys came out on top. Bryan Anger boomed a 55-yard punt from a distance well within his own territory. And three Dallas defenders quickly closed in on the Packers’ return man to force a turnover. Sean McKeon entered the game to seize the opportunity and advance the Cowboys to the Green Bay 45-yard line.
Prescott completed a beautiful ball to Lamb for a gain of 30 yards two snaps later. And two more snaps later Pollard sprinted 13 yards up the middle for the score and the lead.
The Cowboys scored again on a seven-play, 86-yard drive to make it 21 unanswered points as they had gained control of the momentum. To give Pollard a break, Malik Davis filled in as running back. He took advantage of the opportunity right away, carrying it three times for 36 yards. But the team’s fourth touchdown of the night came on a Prescott to-Lamb connection of 35 yards.
The 4th Quarter
The Packers were playing at home in front of a chilly but boisterous crowd. So it was clear they weren’t going away lightly. in particular with Rodgers at the center. The quarterback immediately returned and engineered a nine-play, 76-yard drive to bring the score within one. Rodgers completed a huge touchdown pass to Watson for a total of 39 yards to end the series after converting a third-and-3 with a 7-yard rush.
However, the Rodgers-to-Watson combination was not yet complete. A few minutes later, the two paired up for another touchdown. This one is the result of a 7-yard pass that completed a 10-play, 89-yard drive. Rodgers and Watson may have received the praise, but the ground attack gained the ground. Green Bay’s Jones and AJ Dillon each had six carries for 54 yards. In the final two minutes, both teams had another opportunity to advance the ball, but no team was able to do so, forcing Dallas into overtime for the first time this year.
After winning the coin toss, the Cowboys wasted little time in advancing to the Packers’ 35-yard line by moving through midfield. On fourth-and-3, however, they elected to go for it instead of trying a long field goal after Prescott’s incomplete throw attempt under intense pressure.
Then, as is his wont, Rodgers found wide receiver Allen Lazard on a slant over the middle, and the latter outran the defense for a gain of 36 yards to the Dallas 20-yard line. Mason Crosby emerged after two snaps were taken to set up the field goal, and his chip-shot 28-yard effort split the uprights to give the Packers the victory.
The Cowboys’ record slipped to 6-3 with the defeat, and they now occupy third place in the competitive NFC East. Up next on the schedule are the 8-1 Minnesota Vikings.
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