GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(DALLAS) - Aaron Rodgers dashed the Dallas Cowboys' hopes for a win once again. The Green Bay quarterback tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davante Adams with 11 seconds remaining to lift the Packers to a 35-31 victory over Dallas on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Rodgers' scoring throw to Adams capped a nine-play, 75-yard march that took only 1:02. The winning touchdown pass came on second-and-10 from the Dallas 12, one play after Rodgers threw incomplete to Adams in the left-back corner of the end zone. "I was going to call a different play, but (Davante) came back and said, 'Call it again.' With his eyes, he just said, 'Throw a better ball,'" Rodgers said. "I just put a better throw on it and he made a great catch." Adams, who was in the NFL's concussion protocol last week before being cleared to play on Saturday, made the game-winning catch over Cowboys rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who had broken up the pass on the previous play. The Packers eliminated Dallas from the playoffs on this same field in January when Rodgers converted a key third-and-20 play in the closing seconds and kicker Mason Crosby nailed a 51-yard field goal as time expired. Green Bay (4-1) returned to do it twice in a year, dropping the Cowboys to 2-3 on the season. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett might have nightmares involving Rodgers for a while. Rodgers converted a third-and-8 play from the Dallas 30 by scrambling for an 18-yard gain to the Dallas 12 to set up the final sequence. "Obviously what you're trying to do (at the end of the game) is get stops on defense," Garrett said. "He is obviously a really good football player. He can beat you with his arm. He can beat you with his legs. A big point of emphasis coming into this ballgame was to keep him in the pocket as much as we could. At different times in this ballgame we were able to do that, but on that particular play he got out." Rodgers finished with 221 passing yards and three touchdowns, tossing to Adams seven times for 66 yards and two scores. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott led the Cowboys on a 17-play, 79-yard drive in the fourth quarter. The march required a reviewed spot on an Ezekiel Elliott fourth-and-1 run, but it showed Elliott reached the ball over the Packers' 19-yard line, extending the Cowboys' drive. Three plays later, Prescott made it count by running to his left and picking his way through the Green Bay secondary to put the Cowboys ahead 31-28 with 1:13 remaining. At that point, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said he wasn't thinking about January's playoff win. Instead, he was excited to give the ball to Rodgers. "Aaron Rodgers on a two-minute drill, just don't know what else to say about him," McCarthy said. "I've got to expand my vocabulary. Just a great job by Aaron, the whole structure of the two-minute offense." Dallas led Green Bay 24-22 before Packers cornerback Damarious Randall stepped in front of a Prescott pass and took it back 21 yards for a four-point lead, setting up the see-saw finish. Rodgers led scoring drives on the Packers' first two possessions of the second half as they erased Dallas' 21-12 halftime lead. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby made a 22-yard field goal and Rodgers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson that put the Packers in front 22-21 six seconds into the fourth quarter. Dallas, which surged in front 21-6, has now squandered double-digit leads in two straight games. The Cowboys led the Rams, 24-13, in the second quarter. "You're frustrated," Prescott said. "We knew how important it was for us to get this and go into the bye week 3-2. And now on the flip side it is just about staying focused." Dallas scored touchdowns on its first three drives as Prescott had an efficient first half. Prescott completed 15 of 19 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the first and second quarters. He hit wide receiver Cole Beasley for touchdown passes of 2 and 5 yards to boost the Cowboys to a 14-0 lead by the 13:37 mark of the second quarter. Wide receiver Dez Bryant leaned past Randall to haul in a 10-yard touchdown catch, putting Dallas ahead 21-6 with 6:10 left before halftime. The Cowboys scored on all four of their first-half possessions against the Rams last week. The clock ran out on the Cowboys' attempt to do the same against the Packers, though Dallas didn't punt in the first half for the second straight week. Even so, Rodgers kept Green Bay in the game by passing for 107 yards and a touchdown before halftime. Rodgers hit Adams for a 10-yard touchdown to cut the Cowboys' lead to one in the first quarter. Packers running back Aaron Jones ran seven yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. However, Crosby missed the extra points on both touchdowns, allowing Dallas to go to the break with a 21-12 lead. Dallas defensive lineman David Irving, making his season debut after missing four games due to suspension, sacked Rodgers twice in the first half.
NOTES: Packers WR Davante Adams, who was carted off the field on a stretcher after being knocked briefly unconscious in Green Bay's last game on Sept. 28, cleared the NFL's concussion protocol in time to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. He caught seven passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. ... Dallas activated DL David Irving for Sunday's game. Irving, who was suspended for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, sat out the first four weeks of this season. It was an opportune time for the Cowboys to get Irving back as he forced three fumbles, posted a sack and batted down a pass in Dallas' regular-season 30-16 victory over the Packers last season in Green Bay. ... Dallas LB Sean Lee didn't play for the second straight game due to a hamstring injury he suffered during Dallas' win over Arizona in Week 2. ... Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed for more than 100 yards in both of the team's games against Green Bay last season. Elliott ran 28 times for 157 yards in the regular-season win and gained 125 yards on 22 carries in the Cowboys' 34-31 postseason loss to the Packers. ... Green Bay improved to 19-17 in the all-time series against the Cowboys and the Packers hold a 15-13 edge in regular-season games.
GREEN BAY DALLAS
First downs 25 26
Rushes-yards 25-160 35-163
Net Passing yards 182 245
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 29-19-0 36-25-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-39 1-6
Punts-Average 2-48.5 1-38.0
Fumbles 1 2
Penalties-Yards 6-38 7-70
Time of Possession 24:54 35:06
GREEN BAY - 6 6 3 20 - 35
DALLAS - 7 14 0 10 - 31
1st - DAL - Cole Beasley, 2-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick) DALLAS 7-0
1st - GB - Davante Adams, 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Kick failed) DALLAS 7-6
2nd - DAL - Beasley, 5-yard pass from Prescott (Bailey kick) DALLAS 14-6
2nd - DAL - Dez Bryant, 10-yard pass from Prescott (Bailey kick) DALLAS 21-6
2nd - GB - Aaron Jones, 7-yard run (Kick failed) DALLAS 21-12
3rd - GB - Mason Crosby, 22-yard field goal DALLAS 21-15
4th - GB - Jordy Nelson, 10-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 22-21
4th - DAL - Bailey, 43-yard field goal DALLAS 24-22
4th - GB - Damarious Randall, 21-yard interception return (Pass failed) GREEN BAY 28-24
4th - DAL - Prescott, 11-yard run (Bailey kick) DALLAS 31-28
4th - GB - Adams, 12-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 35-31
GREEN BAY - Aaron Jones 19-125 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 4-32, Aaron Ripkowski 1-2, Jamaal Williams 1-1
DALLAS - Ezekiel Elliott 29-116, Dak Prescott 4-37 1 TD, Alfred Morris 2-10
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 29-19-221 3 TD
DALLAS - Dak Prescott 36-25-251 3 TD 1 INT
GREEN BAY - Davante Adams 7-66 2 TD, Randall Cobb 4-29, Martellus Bennett 3-53, Jordy Nelson 2-24 1 TD, Lance Kendricks 1-24, Richard Rodgers 1-16, Aaron Jones 1-1
DALLAS - Jason Witten 8-61, Dez Bryant 5-52 1 TD, Cole Beasley 4-32 2 TD, Brice Butler 2-57, Terrance Williams 2-14, Keith Smith 2-10, Rod Smith 1-18, Ezekiel Elliott 1-16
Packers pull off thrilling comeback, 35-31 over Cowboys
DALLAS – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers directed a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final 70-plus seconds, hitting WR Davante Adams from 12 yards out for the game-winning score with 11 seconds left to give Green Bay a thrilling comeback victory, 35-31, over the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. With the win, the Packers improved to 4-1 and took sole possession of first place in the NFC North. The Cowboys fell to 2-3. For the game, Rodgers finished 19-of-29 for 221 yards with three TDs for a 122.9 passer rating. Rookie RB Aaron Jones rushed 19 times for 125 yards and a score. Adams finished with seven catches for 66 yards and two TDs. For the Cowboys, RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 116 yards on 29 carries, and QB Dak Prescott was 24-of-35 for 223 yards with three TDs and one INT for a 102.4 rating. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: Both teams scored on their opening possession, and the Cowboys took a 7-6 lead over the Packers into the second quarter. The Cowboys made a big play early on the game’s opening drive. Facing third-and-13 on the first series, QB Dak Prescott found WR Brice Butler deep over the middle for 49 yards to the Green Bay 29. Four plays later, RB Ezekiel Elliott converted on fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard run to the 18. After a 4-yard tackle for loss by LB Clay Matthews, Prescott hit TE Jason Witten for 14 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 8. On a third-down incomplete pass, LB Blake Martinez was called for a personal foul for a hit on a defenseless receiver, and Prescott hit WR Cole Beasley for a 2-yard touchdown to finish the drive. The Packers came right back. Rookie RB Aaron Jones carried twice for 20 yards, WR Randall Cobb caught two passes for 11, and QB Aaron Rodgers hit TE Lance Kendricks for 24 yards to make it first down on the Dallas 12. Rodgers then found WR Davante Adams for a 10-yard touchdown, but K Mason Crosby’s PAT hit the right upright, leaving the Cowboys ahead, 7-6, with 4:01 left in the quarter. A pair of passes to WR Dez Bryant gained 28 yards and got the Cowboys moving again on their next drive. A 9-yard pass to Witten converted on third-and-4, and when the quarter expired, the Cowboys faced third-and-6 from the Green Bay 25.
Second quarter: The Cowboys scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and took a 21-12 lead over the Packers into halftime. Prescott converted the third down by scrambling out of trouble and finding FB Rod Smith for 18 yards to the Green Bay 7. Two plays later, Prescott hit Beasley over the middle for a 5-yard touchdown, and the Cowboys led 14-6 with 13:37 left in the half. As that drive was finishing, the Packers announced that rookie CB Kevin King was being evaluated for a concussion. Green Bay went three-and-out, absorbing two sacks on the series, and punted from deep in its own territory. Dallas took over on its own 43. Prescott scrambled for 21 yards up the middle on third down to get the Cowboys right back into scoring range. Prescott then converted on fourth-and-short with a sneak to the Green Bay 20. A 6-yard pass to Witten made it first-and-goal on the 10, and Prescott hit Bryant for the TD with 6:10 left in the half. The Packers got moving again on a 13-yard pass to Cobb on third down. A 16-yard pass to TE Richard Rodgers got Green Bay across midfield. Consecutive passes to Adams picked up 12 yards and another first down at the Dallas 31 at the two-minute warning. Rodgers was sacked on first down, but a pass to Cobb and a facemask penalty gave the Packers another first down at the 18. A diving 9-yard catch by Jones made it first-and-goal on the 7, and Jones ran it in from there with 54 seconds left. Crosby missed another PAT, wide left this time, and the Cowboys led, 21-12. Prescott hit Witten on back-to-back throws for 13 yards, and a 12-yard pass to Beasley got the Cowboys to midfield with 18 seconds left, but the Packers got a sack on the final play of the half.
Third quarter: The Packers drew closer and were driving for more as the third quarter ended with Green Bay trailing Dallas, 21-15. The Packers got the ball to start the second half and began with a 7-yard Jones run and a 33-yard pass to a leaping TE Martellus Bennett. A 5-yard run by Jones was followed by a 14-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson for a first down at the Dallas 16. Jones ran for 13 yards for a first-and-goal on the 3. After Jones lost one yard, Rodgers threw incomplete to the end zone twice, and Crosby was good from 22 yards out to get the Packers within 21-15. The Cowboys converted again on third down with a 5-yard pass to Bryant to move the chains. But a screen pass to WR Terrance Williams on third-and-12 picked up only 10, and the Cowboys punted for the first time in the game. Dallas downed the punt at the Green Bay 12. Green Bay’s next drive began with a strange play. Rodgers was ruled in the grasp for a sack by DE DeMarcus Lawrence, but DE Benson Mayowa was flagged for a personal foul, giving the Packers a first down anyway. Jones than ran 22 yards for a first down at the Green Bay 39, and four plays later it was fourth-and-1. The Packers decided to go for it, and Jones picked it up with a 10-yard run across midfield. Jones ran for 7 and Rodgers scrambled for 4 more for a first down on the Dallas 31. The Packers then faced third-and-10 from there, after a false start on LG Justin McCray, and the Cowboys were called for defensive holding on a deep pass for Nelson, giving Green Bay a first down on the 26. A 5-yard run by Jones and an 11-yard slant to Adams made it first-and-goal on the 10 as the quarter expired.
Fourth quarter: On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rodgers found Nelson wide open off play-action for a 10-yard TD, and Crosby’s PAT gave the Packers their first lead of the day, 22-21. The Cowboys got going right away on a 25-yard run by Elliott when the Packers only had 10 defenders on the field. Elliott ran for 11 on the next play, and the Cowboys had a first down at the Green Bay 39. An 8-yard pass to Witten moved the chains again, but S Kentrell Brice broke up the next third-down pass to Witten to stall the drive. Cowboys K Dan Bailey was good from 43 yards out, and Dallas regained the lead at 24-22 with 11:45 left. The Packers couldn’t answer, going three-and-out as CB Jourdan Lewis broke up a third-down sideline pass for Nelson. P Justin Vogel’s booming punt was covered well by WR Jeff Janis, and the Cowboys started on their own 12. On second down, Prescott’s short pass bounced off the shoulder of Williams, and CB Damarious Randall picked it off. He returned it 21 yards for the score. Rodgers pass on the 2-point try was too high for Nelson in the back of the end zone, and the Packers led, 28-24, with 9:56 left. The Cowboys picked up two first downs and appeared to have a third, but C Travis Frederick was called for holding downfield. Dallas converted on the ensuing third down with a 4-yard pass to FB Keith Smith. Elliott then ran twice for 11 yards and a first down on the Green Bay 29. A 5-yard pass to Beasley on third down was ruled a first down on the 19, but the Packers challenged the spot, and replay ruled he was short by a half yard, setting up fourth-and-short. The Packers stuffed the Elliott run at the line of scrimmage, and this time Dallas challenged the spot and won. The Cowboys were awarded a first down at the 19 at the two-minute warning. After an 8-yard Elliott run, Prescott ran a read-option fake and took it in from 11 yards out with 1:13 on the clock. Bailey’s PAT made it 31-28 Cowboys. Operating with one timeout left, the Packers started with a 14-yard pass to Adams and a 14-yard pass to Bennett to get across midfield. Jones broke off a 15 yard run out of shotgun to make it first down on the 32 with 39 seconds left. A 2-yard run by Jones set up third-and-8 on the 30, and the Packers used their last timeout with 29 seconds left. Rodgers scrambled for 18 yards and got out of bounds to make it first down on the 12 with 21 seconds left. On second down, Rodgers found Adams for the 12-yard TD with 11 seconds to go. Crosby’s PAT put the Packers up, 35-31. The Cowboys ran an excessive lateral play on the final snap that got them around midfield, but that was it.