Aaron Rodgers, Packers Spoil McCarthy’s Return to Green Bay in OT

 

GREEN BAY, WI — The Dallas Cowboys (6-2) traveled to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers (3-6) on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:25 CST. Cowboys’ Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s first trip back to Green Bay since being fired in 2018 soured as the Packers beat the Cowboys in overtime, 31-28.

After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Cowboys got on the board when QB Dak Prescott connected with WR CeeDee Lamb for a 3-yard touchdown. The 17-play, 83-yard drive took 8:21 off the clock and gave Dallas the lead with 9:52 remaining in the 2nd quarter, 7-0.

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers finally got their offense going following Dak Prescott’s first interception. S Rudy Ford intercepted the ball in the Packers’ end zone and ran it back to Green Bay’s 33-yard line. Green Bay succeeded in the running game as RB Aaron Jones moved the ball 13 yards on two straight carries. Rodgers then heaved the ball deep to rookie wideout Christian Watson for 58 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay tied the game, 7-7.

Dak Prescott threw another interception on the Cowboys’ ensuing drive. Rudy Ford again stepped in front of Cee Dee Lamb to take the ball away from the Cowboys at Dallas’ 24-yard line. It only took the Packers three plays to move 24 yards for a touchdown. RB Aaron Jones took a handoff from Rodgers and sprinted 13-yards into the end zone.   With 1:42 remaining in the first half, the Pack took the lead 14-7.

With less than two minutes to go until halftime, Prescott and the Cowboys ran the two-minute offense to perfection. Dallas moved the ball 66 yards in 1:34 to score before time ran out. TE Dalton Schultz scored from 5-yards out, and the Cowboys tied the game, 14-14.

Dallas came out of the locker room and scored on two straight possessions. Prescott and Lamb’s connection continued to punish the Packers’ defense. First, lamb beat S Darnell Savage for a 30-yard gain. On the next play, RB Tony Pollard made defenders miss on his way to a 13-yard touchdown run. 

Lamb again beat the defense on the Cowboys’ next offensive drive. Prescott launched a deep pass, and Lamb caught it for a 35-yard touchdown. With 2:47 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Cowboys threatened to blow the game wide open. 

However, the Packers refused to quit, and the momentum shifted in their favor. Green Bay went on a 9-play 76-yard drive, with Christian Watson scoring his second touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers. Then, with only 2:29 remaining in the game, Rodgers threw a strike to Watson on 4th down for 7 yards and the game-tying touchdown. At the end of regulation, the score remained even, 28-28.

The Cowboys received the kickoff to start overtime. Dak Prescott led the Cowboys down the field to the Packers’ 35-yard line. Faced with 4th and three yards to go, Head Coach Mike McCarthy decided to roll the dice and go for it instead of settling for the go-ahead field goal. The Packers brought pressure up the middle and nearly sacked Prescott. Dak barely managed to get the ball away, but it fell incomplete. Dallas turned the ball over on downs and handed the game directly to Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers hit WR Allen Lazard on a slant route for 36 yards to set the Packers up in field goal range at Dallas’ 20-yard line. Aaron Jones then ran the ball for five yards, but Dallas committed a face mask penalty that pushed the ball to the 5-yard line. K Mason Crosby nailed the 28-yard attempt, and the Green Bay Packers (4-6) upset the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) 31-28 in overtime.

 

Statistics

Green Bay Packers

  • Aaron Rodgers is 8-2 all-time versus the Cowboys after an excellent performance that saw him go 14/20 for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Aaron Jones led the Packers’ rushing attack with 24 carries for 138 yards and one touchdown.
  • Christian Watson had four catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Dak Prescott had a rough first half but ended the game well. He went 27/46 for 265 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
  • Tony Pollard led the Cowboys’ ground game with 22 carries for 115 yards and one touchdown.
  • CeeDee Lamb had 11 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

 

The Dallas Cowboys (6-3) travel to Minneapolis, MN, to battle the Minnesota Vikings (8-1) at 3:25 p.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 20, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Green Bay Packers (4-6) host the Tennessee Titans (6-3) on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, at 7:15 p.m.

 

Cowboys' Coach Mike McCarthy

(credit: dallascowboys.com)

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Well looks like the real million dollar Dak is back.

Everyone knows you cant win games when you turn the ball over to allow your apponents to score.

Not to mention wearing down your defense in the process.

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