Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is unable to control the ball after making a spectacular catch against the Packers with 4:30 to go in the game Sunday.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers guided the Packers 80 yards to the winning points, a 13-yard bullet to tight end Richard Rodgers in the back of the end zone.
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers into the NFC title game with two near-flawless drives. As for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys? Their season is over after a replay reversal near the end of the game took away a Dez Bryant catch at the goal line. Rodgers completed 11 of 14 passes for 173 yards on two touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarter as Green Bay scored 13 unanswered points for a 26-21 win over the Cowboys in a divisional playoff game Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay took its first lead since 7-0 when Rodgers zipped a pass through two defenders and hit tight end Richard Rodgers for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:10 remaining. On 4th-and-2, Bryant went up for Romo's deep pass down the left sideline at the other end of the field and was ruled to have made a 31-yard catch at the Green Bay 1 after snatching the ball out of the air above cornerback Sam Shields. The Packers challenged the call and officials eventually said Bryant, who was cupping the ball against his left forearm as it hit the field and popped up, didn't complete the catch. The ruling came a week after officials picked up a pass interference flag on a controversial non-call that helped Dallas beat Detroit in the wild-card round. The Packers will play in the NFC championship game for the first time since beating Chicago after the 2010 season on the way to their fourth Super Bowl title. They will travel to Seattle to play the reigning Super Bowl-champion Seahawks next Sunday in a meeting of the top two seeds in the conference. Playing on an injured left calf, Rodgers passed for 316 yards and three scores and Eddie Lacy rushed 19 times for 101 yards for the NFC North champs. Romo threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns for the NFC East-champion Cowboys and NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray had 25 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. It was the first postseason game between the teams at Lambeau Field since the Packers won the 1966 NFL championship game, known as the "Ice Bowl" because it was played in sub-zero temperatures. Rodgers' go-ahead throw was a frozen rope to the tight end Rodgers, who made the catch in the back of the end zone between defensive backs Sterling Moore and J.J. Wilcox. Bryant, who has three inches on the 5-foot-11 Shields, used every bit of his height advantage to make a sensational leaping grab that appeared -- if only for several minutes -- to have potentially saved the Cowboys' season. Bryant was stunned when the call was reversed, putting his hands on the side of his head. It mirrored a call that negated a winning touchdown catch for Detroit's Calvin Johnson in the 2010 season opener against Chicago. Both players were ruled to not have maintained possession through the end of the play. "We know the feeling," the Lions tweeted after the game, linking to a video of the Johnson play. New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has become famous for his gasp-inducing grabs, wondered online how it wasn't a catch. According to Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3 of the NFL rulebook, "If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. "If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete." Green Bay picked up two first downs on the ensuing drive to kill the rest of the clock, including a diving 12-yard grab by Randall Cobb on 3rd-and-11 on a pass that was tipped at the line. Rodgers also completed touchdown passes to Andrew Quarless for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and to Davante Adams, who slipped past Moore and Wilcox for a 46-yard catch-and-run near the end of the third quarter to get Green Bay within 21-20. The Packers are 8-1 in their last nine games and finished 9-0 at home this season. The third-seeded Cowboys, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2009, lost for the first time in nine road games this season. They were trying to make the NFC title game for the first time since beating the Packers 38-27 in January 1996 on the way to winning the last of their five Super Bowl titles. Bryant, the NFL's leader in touchdown receptions during the regular season, was quiet for much of the game and ended with three receptions for 38 yards. Romo had touchdown throws to fullback Tyler Clutts and 
Green Bay Packers (12-4) 26, Dallas Cowboys (13-4) 21
Sunday January 11th 2015 (at Green Bay)
Terrance Williams in the first half, helping Dallas take a 14-10 lead into intermission. Clutts scored his first career touchdown after a pass interference penalty took the Cowboys to the 1-yard line, and Williams scored for the third time in the playoffs on a 38-yard reception that came after Rodgers fumbled on a hit by defensive end Jeremy Mincey. Packers linebacker Julius Peppers might have saved a Dallas touchdown when he reached out to strip Murray near midfield early in the third quarter, giving Green Bay the ball near midfield. But the Packers settled for Mason Crosby's 30-yard field goal after lineman T.J. Lang was penalized for unnecessary roughness for shoving Nick Hayden at the end of a play, which sparked a scuffle between the teams. Romo came up limping after a hit by Packers safety Micah Hyde in the third quarter and appeared to be favoring his left knee. Dallas scored on the drive, with Murray's 26-yard run setting up his 1-yard touchdown to make it 21-13.
Game Notes: Green Bay snapped a four-game losing streak to Dallas in the postseason ... The Cowboys appeared in their 60th postseason game, extending their NFL record. They have a league-record 34 wins ... The Packers improved to 31-19 in the postseason ... Clutts has just 10 career receptions in 56 career regular season games ... Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain left the game in the first half and didn't return because of concussion-like symptoms ... It was the first playoff game in NFL history with a team that went 8-0 at home hosting a team that went 8-0 on the road. 
                            DALLAS   GREEN BAY
First downs                     21          23
Rushes-yards                28-145      30-119
Net Passing yards              170         306
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     19-15-0     35-24-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             4-21        1-10
Punts-Average               2-48.5      2-37.5
Fumbles-Lost                   3-1         3-1
Penalties-Yards               5-35       10-87
Time of Possession           30:39       29:21
DALLAS    -   7   7   7   0  - 21
GREEN BAY -   7   3   7   9  - 26
1st - GB - Andrew Quarless, 4-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - DAL - Tyler Clutts, 1-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - DAL - Terrance Williams, 38-yard pass from Romo (Bailey kick) DALLAS 14-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 40-yard field goal DALLAS 14-10
3rd - GB - Crosby, 30-yard field goal DALLAS 14-13
3rd - DAL - DeMarco Murray, 1-yard run (Bailey kick) DALLAS 21-13
3rd - GB - Davante Adams, 46-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) DALLAS 21-10
4th - GB - Richard Rodgers, 13-yard pass from Rodgers (Two-point conversion failed) GREEN BAY 26-21
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 19-101, James Starks 5-16, John 1-4, Randall Cobb 1-2, Aaron Rodgers 4-(-4)
DALLAS - DeMarco Murray 25-123 1 TD, Joseph Randle 2-15, Tony Romo 1-7
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 35-24-316 3 TD
DALLAS - Tony Romo 19-15-191 2 TD
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 8-116, Davante Dams 7-117 1 TD, Andrew Quarless 4-31 1 TD, Jordy Nelson 2-22, Richard Rodgers 1-13 1 TD, Eddie Lacy 1-10, John Kuhn 1-7
DALLAS - Jason Witten 6-71, Dez Bryant 3-38, Cole Beasley 3-38, Terrance Williams 1-38 1 TD, DeMarco Murray 1-5, Tyler Clutts 1-1 1 TD