Packers rally for rousing, 37-36 win over Cowboys

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on December 15, 2013 – 6:47 pm


DALLAS–The Packers rallied for a rousing win over the Cowboys, 37-36, at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. The win keeps the Packers in the thick of the NFC North and NFL playoffs races.

Matt Flynn threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to James Starks to start the fourth quarter, and the Packers had cut a 26-3 halftime deficit to 29-24 with just under 13 minutes to play in regulation.

Tramon Williams followed with what was initially ruled to have been an interception, and Williams’ return put the ball at the Cowboys 8-yard line, but the interception was overturned by replay review.

A DeMarco Murray run and a facemask penalty on Brad Jones gave the Cowboys a first down near midfield. Romo followed with a 27-yard pass to Jason Witten to the Packers 24, and then Romo threw to Terrance Williams for 12 yards and a first down at the Packers 11. Romo’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with  7:55 to play gave the Cowboys a 36-24 lead.

In the Packers’ ensuing possession, Flynn moved the Packers to midfield with a clutch third-down completion to Andrew Quarless. Eddie Lacy broke loose for a 10-yard run to the Cowboys’ 34. Two plays later, Flynn completed a back-shoulder throw to Jarrett Boykin for 27 yards to the Cowboys 7-yard line.

A 3-yard touchdown pass to James Jones cut the Cowboys’ lead to 36-31 and put the game squarely in the hands of the Packers defense with 4:17 to play in regulation.

Romo underthrew a deep ball for Bryant. On second-and-10, Romo was sacked. Now came the most critical defensive play of the game for the Packers. On third-and-12, Romo completed a 13-yard pass to Bryant for a first down.

The Packers spent a time out with 2:58 to play and then Sam Shields made the defensive play of the game for the Packers, intercepting a Romo pass at the 50-yard line.

Flynn threw to Quarless for 18 yards and a first down at the Cowboys 32-yard line. With two minutes to play, the Packers were second-and-6 at the Cowboys 28-yard line.

Lacy pounded out a first down at the 21, and then the Cowboys were called for pass interference at their 13. Lacy thundered to the 4-yard line. Flynn threw incomplete for Jones on second down. On third down, Lacy rushed for a first down at the 1-yard line. The Packers were now in control of the clock.

The Packers scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard plunge by Lacy with 1:31 to play in regulation. Flynn threw incomplete on the two-point try and the Packers defense had a 37-36 lead to protect.

Dallas began at its 20. Romo threw for 9, but replay review ruled Tramon Williams to have intercepted Romo’s next pass, and the Packers’ comeback was complete.

The win leaves the Packers 7-6-1 and hot on the heels of Chicago and Detroit in the NFC North title race.

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