The Dallas Cowboys, riding two consecutive wins before their bye, faced the Green Bay Packers coming into the game on a five-game losing streak. But Aaron Rodgers always seems to find something a little different against Dallas. That would be it, with a disappointing 31-28 result for Dallas.
It went down in overtime. The Cowboys won the toss and held. Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were overturned allowing them to start at their own 25. CeeDee Lamb, who had his best game of the season so far, would team up with Tony Pollard to move the ball quickly into Green Bay territory. , despite making a bad offsides call on Jalen. Tolbert. Then a holding call negated a big play by running back Malik Davis. A Dalton Schultz catch would take them to third and fourth. But Lamb’s pass was incomplete, and Mike McCarthy opted to go for it. It turned out to be a very bad decision as the pressure came on Dak Prescott who had to fumble, and now the Packers had the ball at their own 35 and a chance to win by any number of points.
The defense struggled at times to stop the Packers, and the problem continued in OT as Rodgers torched them on third and two to get them down the field at the Dallas 20 with a great catch and run by Allen Lazard. . Then a face mask brought her down to 8. Mason Crosby was struggling, but he hit the chip shot to win the game.
Everyone should have been aware of the future of this game. Mike McCarthy was returning to play the team that fired him and the quarterback that was said to be part of the reason they did it. Meanwhile, the same quarterback has been rocking the Cowboys for years, setting up not only a bounce-back game for the leading rusher, but a chance to help bring out some of the ghosts of past games.
But there is another trend that has affected Dallas, and it also comes out of the bye week. It certainly looked that way as the Cowboys missed a strong 39-yard return from Kavontae Turpin to open the game, but immediately went three-and-out and had to punt.
One thing that got a lot of attention in this game was how the Packers offense was beaten against the Cowboys defense. Stopping the run has been a problem for Dallas all year, and it was in this game from the start. On its first possession, Green Bay kept it on the ground for its first seven plays, and the Cowboys didn’t answer, giving up at least four yards per carry. It wasn’t their defense that would end things, but the determination to put the ball in Rodgers’ hands. He would have a pair of misses to set up a 54-yard field goal attempt by Crosby, who didn’t come close.
Once again Dallas had good field position, but once again they couldn’t get a first down. After the punt, the defense was able to tighten up against the run and recover the ball.
A 14-yard run by Pollard finally gave the team a spark. Another came from Prescott, on a free play due to an offsides flag, when he hit Lamb 21 yards. Although the drive would take two fourth-down conversions to survive, it would end with another catch by Lamb, who started in the backfield and had to go on a run, which would be the challenge for his team to win. lead and lead.
For a moment, it looked like the Cowboys had a chance to really take control of the game in the second quarter after DeMarcus Lawrence passed to Rodgers and dropped the ball to Jayron Kearse for a return at the Green Bay 10-yard line. It was a missed opportunity when Prescott was intercepted in the end zone by Rudy Ford, who passed him thirty-three yards. Judging by the reactions during the replay, it appeared that Lamb or Schultz were running a bad way to get into the election.
Those old dreams then seemed to fade away when Rodgers hit Christian Watson for a 68-yard touchdown pass, the longest play of the season for the Hall of Fame quarterback. The game was tied when it should have been a two-point lead for the Cowboys. When Prescott got involved with Ford again, those dreams became even more apparent, not the kind of continuity we wanted. That would lead to a 12-yard TD run by Aaron Jones to put Dallas behind 14-7.
The score may have come a little too soon, however, as it left the Cowboys trailing with 1:42 left before halftime. They used the time to rush down the field, capping it off with a five-yard scoring pass to Schultz to tie it. It was a tight eight play, 66 yard drive in just 1:34.
Dallas received a gift in the third quarter when Amari Rodgers lost the ball on the return, setting up a short field that Prescott quickly ate up with a 30-yard completion to Lamb, and Tony Pollard honored it from 13 and beyond. Cowboys by seven. He would extend his scoring streak to fourteen points on the Cowboys’ final possession, capped by a 35-yard TD catch by Lamb, which put him over the 100-yard mark. Also saw some nice runs from Davis.
Those ghosts of past seasons have not been banished, however, as Aaron Rodgers will once again make a playoff showing that he is still unscathed. He found Watson again for a point, this time on a fourth-and-seven play. It went back to a one-start play, and after Dallas had to punt it back with almost nine minutes to play.
Green Bay’s offense, which had struggled in most games prior to this one, didn’t seem to have a problem. Watson very much seemed to be emerging as a real man when he crossed the 100 meters himself. And Aaron Jones used run defense all game, also surpassing the century mark. They would use six minutes of the clock to march down the field without stopping, capping it off with Watson’s third possession to tie things up with 2:29 left. As many feared, the oft-stabbed Dallas quarterback Aaron Rodgers has resurfaced.
Prescott had time to work his way down the field, but a few fumbles forced him to punt, leaving Rodgers with 1:38 to spoil it again for the Cowboys. However, on third and one, the Packers went play-action and everything was covered. Rodgers didn’t seem happy with head coach Matt LaFleur after that play call. Dallas couldn’t do anything in the remaining sixteen seconds, and it went to overtime.
The Cowboys lost there, falling to 6-3 on the season.