Furious comeback leads Packers over Cowboys in McCarthy’s return
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - The Packers scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal in OT led the Packers to a 31-28 win over Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys.
Trailing 28-14 entering the fourth quarter, Christian Watson scored two touchdowns to ignite a struggling Packers offense, tying the game heading into overtime. After a defensive stop from the Packers, Aaron Rodgers found Allen Lazard for a 36-yard completion. Mason Crosby drilled a 28-yard field goal to win the game.
The win is the Packers first since Oct. 2.
Aaron Rodgers was 14/20 with 224 yards and three touchdowns. Christian Watson led Packers receivers with 107 on four receptions. He caught his first three career touchdowns. Aaron Jones ran for 24 carries with 138 yards and one touchdown.
With an opening kickoff temperature of 33 degrees, the cold day at Lambeau provided a signature defensive slugfest early. The Packers forced a three-and-out on the Cowboy’s opening drive.
On their ensuing possession, the Packers were able to move into Dallas territory with a 10-play, 48-yard drive. Seven of the nine offensive plays were runs to AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones. Mason Crosby’s 54-yard field goal missed wide right to keep the game scoreless.
After trading scoreless drives, the Cowboys used a methodical 8 minutes of game clock in a drive that extended into the second quarter. Dak Prescott found Cee Dee Lamb in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.
On the ensuing possession, the Cowboys were able to strip sack Aaron Rodgers at the Packers’ 10-yard-line, putting Dallas in prime position to add onto their lead. However, on third and goal, Rudy Ford intercepted Dak Prescott’s pass and returned it to the Packers’ 33 yard line. It was just Ford’s second career interception, who is playing because of Eric Stokes’ potential season-ending injury.
Aaron Rodgers promptly drove the Packers down the field, finding rookie Christian Watson for a 58-yard touchdown, Watson’s first career receiving touchdown. The Packers tied the game at seven.
Near the end of the half, Rudy Ford recorded his second interception of the day. The Packers turned it into seven points on Aaron Jones’ 12-yard touchdown run, giving the Packers a 14-7 lead.
In response, the Cowboys drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a Dak Prescott pass to Dalton Schultz, tying the game at 14-14 at halftime.
In the second half, Amari Rodgers fumbled a punt from the Cowboys, giving the Cowboys the ball in Packers territory. The Cowboys promptly found the end zone in four plays. Tony Pollard’s 13-yard run put Dallas up 21-14 in the third quarter. The Cowboys scored one more touchdown from Lamb to take a 28-14 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers found Christian Watson for a 39 yard touchdown, Watson’s second of the day. That cut the deficit to 28-21.
Later in the quarter, Rodgers found Watson again in the end zone for his third receiving touchdown of the game. The Packers tied the game, 28-28 to send it to overtime.
After a defensive stop, the Packers drove into field goal range, where Mason Crosby hit a 28-yard field goal to win the game.
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