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Five players earn game balls vs. Cowboys

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 16, 2013 – 5:09 pm

The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to five players for their performances against the Cowboys on Sunday.

On offense, QB Matt Flynn and RB Eddie Lacy were the recipients. Flynn completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards with four TDs and one INT for a 113.1 passer rating. He led the offense to five consecutive touchdown drives in the second half.

Lacy rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD and added 30 yards on four receptions. He went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season, and at 1,028 he’s closing in on John Brockington’s franchise rookie record of 1,105 yards set in 1971. The rushing TD was also Lacy’s eighth of the season, already a team rookie record.

On defense, CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams were awarded game balls. The duo combined for 14 tackles, and they each had an interception of Dallas QB Tony Romo in the last three minutes of the game.

Shields’ pick, his third of the season, gave the Packers the ball at midfield, down 36-31 with 2:46 left, and set up the go-ahead TD drive. Williams’ interception, also his third of the season, came with 1:22 left and ended any comeback hopes for the Cowboys after they had fallen behind, 37-36.

K Mason Crosby was the game-ball recipient on special teams. Crosby kicked five touchbacks on seven kickoffs and was good on a 57-yard FG, his fifth FG of 50-plus yards this season.

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30 Responses to “Five players earn game balls vs. Cowboys”

  1. By dunjav2013 on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    Reblogged this on dunjav.

  2. By Debbie Downer on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    Lacy’s numbers compare nicely with Brockington’s 14-game rookie season total. Lacy missed the entire Cincinnati game and was knocked out of the Washington game on his first carry.

  3. By Mike from Chicago on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    Crosby is the man this year! Dude, he NAILED that 57 yarder!!

  4. By greenbaykansas on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see Lacy next year after watching him tear it up his rookie year. He was one of the key pieces we needed. Go PACKERS. Three more SB’S. COMING

  5. By aldante66 on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    This team really sucks. You look at the yards they’ve given up and realize they need to score 30 or more a game. BS. Total BS. Raji is a fat slob, Pickett an old man, Neal an accident waiting to happen, and linebackers your never heard of other than Hawk who is finally earning his pay. Mathews a non factor again. Playing the wrong position for sure.

  6. By Tom on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    Gee aldante, why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

  7. By SeattAl on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Packers are the BEST……….of the mediocre bubble teams

  8. By Debbie Downer on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with everything you say, Al Dente. The train wreck has left the station.

  9. By predator on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    I’ll supply the rope, you find a tree.

  10. By Frank on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    Ravens win!

  11. By Frank on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    The playoffs start Sunday for the Pack!

  12. By Dr. Ken on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    I clear Aaron Rodgers to play against the Steelers.

  13. By Dagrise on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    No doubt “aldante66″ will be spending the hours between Noon and 3 pm CST Sunday pursuing a hobby more suited to his temperament and knowledge: Baking Christmas cookies while watching the Lifetime Movie Channel.

  14. By spitfire on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    More like eating Christmas cookies and watching Sesame Street.

  15. By emcee on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Lol @Dagrise

  16. By Mitch M on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Imagine living with a negative Nancy like “aldante66″. I feel sorry for his blowup doll girlfriend. Should be a Bear fan.

  17. By Ray Smith on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    I’m angry at all of your “happy trolls” who took ALL OF MY LINES, so I can’t post anything. I love the comments about the Xmas cookies and the TV shows- – e.g. Sesame Street. Glad to see there are some sharp and happy “cookies” :)

  18. By chris on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Hey, I’m not a Negative Nancy and I’m excited about our resurgent team. But I probably *will* be baking Christmas cookies on Sunday (while listening to the game). Not all bakers are trolls:)

  19. By David Knick on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Wow! What a comeback win, beating dallas at dallas. It just doesn’t get any better than that.Go Pack!

  20. By GST72 on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    It seems to me that “Aldante66″ is a distraught Lions fan that is taking his “anger issues” out in a Packers forum because the Lions forum is full of the same comments and his doesn’t stand out!

  21. By Thomas on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Speaking of overcoming adversity and having the odds against him, Mason Crosby is doing great! I’m so happy for Mason that he is back to his winning ways and making some amazing kicks again.
    He had as much pressure on him as anyone on the team, maybe more, and he fought through it.
    Way to go, Mason!!

  22. By Garland on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Andrew Quarless deservers a game ball too.

  23. By Cam on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Pack control their own fate now, GO PACK GO!! I have to admit, our defense has a bunch of issues but some of that has been due to injuries and some has just been due to underachievement by guys who the whole league knows can play at pro bowl caliber levels. Lacy has been a godsend for the Packers. I think we have a shot against the Steelers if Flynn has to play, although it may give all of Packer Nation a heart attack due to the stress of watching the ups and downs of his game. With Rodgers back and Cobb if we make playoffs, the Packers have the best offense in the NFL no doubt about it.

    As for Mason Crosby, I have to apologize to him. I will admit I was calling for his head last year and wanted him to be released as he was in a deep deep rut and couldn’t seem to get out. He has bounced back tremendously this year and has become the clutch kicker he was 2 seasons ago. That’s the life of a kicker though, everybody wants you gone when you are missing, and you are the greatest ever when you aren’t missing.

  24. By walt on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Aldante66 who should also mention we have a bunch 5’11” DBs trying to cover 6’5″ receivers. The Pack lucked out because the Cowboys don’t have a Calvin Johnson. Marshall, Jeffery or Gronk.. and do have a Romo and poor defensive coaching staff like the Pack. Capers can’t find a way to keep runners and receivers finding wide open spaces to run. His only hope is to find teams making mistakes and coaches more inept than him.

  25. By David on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Our defense has statistically done very well over the years under Dom Capers. I think these numbers are deceiving because our defense has been soft for a long time. WE NEED A NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. By walt on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply


  27. By Debbie Downer on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    This team can’t win without Cullen Jenkins.

  28. By Melchior on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    We know all of the problems in coaching. Good to see the Packers wake up finally in the second half of that game. We might not be able to tackle or stop the run, but we will intercept the ball when need be it seems. I knew Matt had it in him, he just needed some time to rub the rust off. Steelers are super soft and we should have no problem at home…unless Mikey starts getting cute with his play calls again. He has a running back, but needs to know how to draw up some running plays other then, off tackle straight ahead and the god awful pitch to the flat. Lacy has been doing this on grit, and so hat’s off to him and Bravo. Go Pack, just win these two games!

  29. By Melchior on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    Added.. Hawk seems to HAVE TO tackle everyone. Come on man. Give that guy a hand please.

  30. By ChukyChez1 on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    Every player deserved a game ball. If not how about Quarless? Big catches & blocking for Flynn & Lacey.

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