News now! Packers trail at half, but cut into deficit

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 11, 2015 – 1:33 pm


GREEN BAY — A turnover helped the Cowboys take the lead but the Packers got back within four points at halftime, trailing 14-10 at intermission on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers blew a chance to take the lead early in the second quarter. On third-and-7 from the Dallas 27, QB Aaron Rodgers was surprised by an early shotgun snap. He managed to pick up the ball but then was sacked by Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey, who knocked the ball out and recovered for Dallas.

The Cowboys capitalized quickly, going 64 yards in just five plays for the go-ahead TD. WR Terrance Williams caught a short pass in the flat, shook the tackle attempt by CB Tramon Williams and then cut inside S Micah Hyde and was off to the races, 38 yards in all for the touchdown to make it 14-7 Cowboys with 8:19 left in the half.

After the Packers picked up only one first down and had to punt, the Cowboys were back on the march. An 18-yard pass to TE Jason Witten converted a third-and-7 and got Dallas across midfield. The Cowboys eventually missed a 50-yd FG try, though, after a false start penalty on the first try moved them back 5 yards.

The Packers took over on their own 40 and just 29 seconds left but got themselves in position to try a field goal. After a 12-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb, Rodgers was sacked for a 10-yard loss. Rodgers then hit Cobb for a 31-yard gain along the sideline, and a 5-yard pass to WR Davante Adams set up a 40-yard FG try by K Mason Crosby. It was good, and the Packers cut the deficit to 14-10 at intermission.

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Aaron Rodgers appears to be limited

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 11, 2015 – 1:14 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Tom from Ludlow, England

Sounds like a good home crowd. What is the fan ratio like? Was there a tundra takeover?

I see a lot of white Cowboys jerseys. I mean, a lot.

Jeff from Colorado Springs, CO

Vic’s predictions: start on defense, check; three and out, check; good field position, check; march down the field for a touchdown, check. How do you do it?

I get these headaches.

Adam from Verona, WI

Possessions are at a premium today. Make them count!

I completely agree.

Ty from Whitefish, MT

I have a feeling we have all been deceived. I think we will see Rodgers running around with ease. It’s all a smokescreen.

It’s no smokescreen. He threw the touchdown pass in the first quarter off one leg. He’s clearly favoring his left leg. I’m worried that he won’t make it through this game. This is a courageous effort by Aaron Rodgers.

Seth from Des Moines, IA

The injury is obviously limiting his mobility but to me the lack of practice is more apparent.

It appears to me Rodgers can’t put weight on his left foot, so he’s throwing with all arm and it’s compromising his accuracy.

Paulina from Los Angeles, CA

This game is the truest test of my ability to R-E-L-A-X this season so far.

We are all at the test today, Paulina.

David from Valdosta, GA

Please tell me they see that when Romo leaves his mouthpiece in his facemask they are running the ball.

Can you trust that?

Mark from Indianapolis, IN

Vic, what do we have to adjust now that it is clear Rodgers can’t move? Mobility and improvisation is a big part of his game, isn’t it?

Run the ball? It worked on the opening drive. I don’t have the answer, but I acknowledge that Rodgers appears to be limited and it’s a problem.

Bert from Albany, NY

Do you think Rodgers will take more chances with his bad calf in the second half, if needed?

He’s “The Man.” This is his team and his game. Enjoy and appreciate the grit with which he is playing today. It’s time for his teammates to take their game to its highest level.

Marcia from Taunton, MA

What is going on with the Packers defense? It doesn’t seem like their heads are in the game.

They lost coverage in the Cowboys’ second touchdown drive.

Mark from Denver, CO

Can you explain not playing Lacy during the second drive? It felt like he was being saved for later in the game.

That would be my guess. The game plan is probably loaded with runs, and let’s not forget that Lacy is an asthma sufferer.

Dale from Raytown, MO

Here we go again, Vic; just like every other year. This is why we worry all year. In the playoffs, we always do something that we never did in the regular season or allow the other team to do something they’ve never done. They practiced fundamentals for two days and I wonder if tackling was involved?

You need a pep talk. I’m not a pep talk kind of guy.

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News now! Packers, Cowboys tied after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 11, 2015 – 12:40 pm


GREEN BAY–The Packers and Cowboys were tied, 7-7, following one quarter of play at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Dallas won the coin toss and elected to receive. The Packers forced a three-and-out and took possession of the football at their 40-yard line.

The Packers went no-huddle and Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for a first down. On the next play, Eddie Lacy broke loose for a 19-yard run to the Cowboys 31. Two plays later, Lacy pounded out a first down at the Cowboys 16.

Again, it was Lacy, this time for 8 to the 8. Lacy then made it first-and-goal from the 4. On third-and-goal from the 4, Rodgers faked a run and threw to tight end Andrew Quarless for a touchdown with 8:30 to play in the first quarter, 7-0. Rodgers threw the pass off one leg, protecting his strained left calf muscle.

The Cowboys followed with a ball-control drive that mixed run and pass. On third-and-1 from the Packers 21, DeMarco Murray moved the sticks. Mike Neal made a possible touchdown-saving tackle on the next play, and then threw incomplete in the end zone, but Tramon Williams was flagged for pass interference, first-and-goal at the 1.

Tony Romo threw to fullback Tyler Clutts for a game-tying touchdown with 1:05 to play.



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All three QBs active for Packers-Cowboys showdown

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 11, 2015 – 10:34 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
26 RB DuJuan Harris
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
99 DT Bruce Gaston

Dallas Cowboys
10 QB Dustin Vaughan
57 LB Keith Smith
58 LB James Anderson
68 T Doug Free
71 T Donald Hawkins
79 DE Kenneth Boatright
97 DT Terrell McClain

Starting lineup changes: #78 Jermey Parnell will start at RT for #68 Doug Free

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