GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers limped his way to victory again in dramatic fashion. The come-from-behind, 26-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys sends the Packers to next Sunday’s NFC title game in Seattle.
The Packers took the lead when Rodgers completed an 80-yard touchdown drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Richard Rodgers with 9:10 to play in the fourth quarter. The 2-point try failed.
Dallas came roaring back when DeMarco Murray ran 30 yards to the Cowboys 48. Tony Romo threw to Dez Bryant for 10 yards and a first down at the Packers 40.
The clock was under seven minutes to play when Romo was sacked on second-and-8. A short completion left fourth-and-2 and the Cowboys decided to go for the first down. Romo threw deep for Bryant and Bryant went up over Sam Shields to make the catch at the 1-yard line.
Packers Coach Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling, claiming Bryant lost control of the ball as he went to the ground, and the call was indeed reversed to an incomplete pass. The Packers took possession of the football with 4:06 to play in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay went into clock-killing mode and immediately turned to Eddie Lacy. Two runs left the Packers with third-and-3 with less than three minutes to play. Rodgers converted with a pass to Adams that resulted in a 26-yard gain. The Cowboys defender went for the interception.
Rodgers sealed the win with a completion to Randall Cobb that converted third-and-11.
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