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Game Recap: Cowboys fall to Packers in OT 31-28

Aaron Rodgers is the Dallas Cowboys’ greatest nemesis.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback was once again the villain, leading his team to an overtime win over the Cowboys by 31-28. This result ruined the Green Bay homecoming of Mike McCarthy.

Rodgers attempted six passes in the first half and completed four. He went 10 for 16, totaling 224 yards, three touchdowns, and a 146.7 passer rating. The Packers scored 14 points unanswered in the fourth quarter to tie it. They then won the game with a field goal in extra time to secure the win.

The Packers did the most damage on the ground. The Dallas defense failed to stop Green Bay’s running game. Green Bay ran for 207 yards, with 138 of them coming from Aaron Jones.

Dak Prescott’s offense had its ups and downs. His two interceptions led to two Packers touchdowns. However, his receivers didn’t do him any favors on either of those miscues. He was able to drop back 48 times, which is compared with the team running the ball for 31 snaps. He completed only 58.7 percent his passes for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns, a 78.6 rating.

CeeDee Lamb was Prescott’s main target for the afternoon. He accumulated 150 yards receiving, a record-setting feat by a Dallas pass-catcher.

Dallas ran the ball well, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and accumulating 159 total rushing yards. Tony Pollard ran the ball 22 times, totaling 115 yards. Ezekiel Elliott was again out of action.

First Quarter

The Packers used their ground game to their advantage early and often. They ran the ball for 61 yards on 12 of their first 16 plays. Green Bay didn’t score any points despite racking up possession time and holding the ball for over 10 minutes during the first quarter.

The Cowboys managed just three-and-outs in their first two series. Prescott completed only three of his seven passes.

Second Quarter

All three first-quarter connections for Dallas’ quarterback occurred on the third possession of the game. The offense was beginning to find its rhythm. The Cowboys would continue the drive as the clock ticked into the second frame.

They kept the momentum going all of the way to the finish line with a remarkable 17-play, long-range effort of 83 yards that took 8:21. Prescott completed the entire series with 10 pass attempts for 58 yards. Lamb connected five times for 40 yards. Lamb was also awarded the scoring honours for his lunge across the goal line to score the 3-yard touchdown, giving him an early lead.

Minutes later, the Cowboys were at the door. However, DeMarcus Lawrence, Packers’ defensive end, sacked Rodgers on the third snap of their next possession. Jayron Kearse, safety, was able to take the ball and give Dallas the ball at Green Bay’s 10-yard line. Lawrence was now at number three in franchise history with the forced fumble.

Prescott then returned the favor. He threw in the middle of the endzone, and his pass was intercepted by Rudy Ford, the Packers safety. The interception was returned to Green Bay at the 33-yard line.

The Packers didn’t take advantage of this gift. Rodgers faced a third-and-1 at his 42-yard line. Christian Watson was running down the right sideline. The wideout outracing Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown made it a 58 yard touchdown to tie the game. Brown was soon taken to the locker room after suffering a concussion.

Then disaster struck again. After the Cowboys had moved out to midfield, a miscommunication between Prescott & Lamb led to Ford’s second easy interception. With just under two minutes left in the first half, Ford returned the pick 34 yard to the Dallas 24-yard Line.

This gave the Packers plenty of time to capitalize on another Cowboys turnover. Jones, the running back, provided the points by darting up to the middle and racing to the left pole for the touchdown. This gave the Packers a 14-7 lead.

The half was not over yet. Prescott and the Cowboys offense got started at their 34-yard line with 1 minute 37 seconds left. Prescott completed 6 of 7 passes for 55 yards. Dalton Schultz completed the last five yards to tie the game at the break.

Third Quarter

The game’s biggest story was still turning overs, but this time the Cowboys came out on top. Bryan Anger punted deep within his territory and boomed a 55 yarder. Three Dallas defenders then converged on the Packers’ return man, forcing a fumble. Sean McKeon came in to grab the ball and set the Cowboys up at Green Bay’s 45-yard line.

Two snaps later Prescott made a perfect pass for Lamb for a 30 yard gain. This was followed by Pollard running up the middle 13 yards to score the touchdown and take the lead.

The Cowboys now have momentum and are 21 points ahead. They also scored another score with a seven-play, 86-yard drive. Malik Davis ran back to Pollard, giving him a break. He immediately took advantage of the opportunity and carried the ball three more times for 36 yards. The team’s fourth touchdown came from a Prescott–to-Lamb 35 yard connection.

Fourth Quarter

The Packers were clearly not going to be quiet when they played in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Rodgers was at the center of this game. To make it one-score, the quarterback orchestrated a nine play, 76 yard drive. Rodgers converted third-and-3 with an easy 7-yard scramble, and Watson was then awarded a big touchdown for 39 yards.

The Rodgers-to Watson combo was not over. Just minutes later, the pair came together for another touchdown, this time thanks to a 7 yard pass that completed a 10-play, 90-yard drive. Although Watson and Rodgers were the most lauded, it was the ground attack which racked up the yards. Green Bay running backs Jones (Green Bay) and AJ Dillon (Green Bay) combined for 54 yards on six carries.

Each team had another shot at the ball in the last two minutes. Dallas went to overtime for the first-time this season.

Overtime

The Cowboys won the coin toss, and they didn’t waste any time working their way through midfield to the Packers 35-yard line. They decided to kick a long field goal on fourth and 3, instead of trying to kick a long field goal. Prescott’s pass attempt was under severe pressure, but it fell incomplete.

Rodgers did the Rodgers thing and found wideout Allen Lazard, who was slanting over the middle. The receiver split the defense, allowing for a 36 yard gain to the Dallas 20 yard line. Two snaps later, the Packers had the field goal set up. Mason Crosby was on the field with his chip-shot 28 yard attempt to split the uprights to win the game for the Packers.

The Cowboys lost to the Cowboys 6-3 and fell back to third in the NFC East. Next up is a trip to the 8-1 Minnesota Vikings.

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