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GB 34, DAL 31: Cowboys Can’t Contain Aaron Rodgers

About midway through the 2nd Quarter the were down 21-3 to the visiting . It appeared that they'd lost their rhythm after the first-round bye and too much meaningless football in Weeks 16 and 17. Dallas' was gone and was having his way with them.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dak PrescottJust as I was starting think about having to write that story tonight, the Cowboys started to show some fight again. Narrowing the deficit to 21-13 at halftime, Dallas continued to rally and fought their way back to a 28-28 tie in the closing minutes. and traded long field goals and, with just 35 seconds left, the Packers got the ball back.

That's when Rodgers, who'd been great all night, showed why he is arguably the best alive. Running away from the rush, he hit on the sideline for a 36-yard gain. Crosby came back out and hit another long field-goal as time expired.

Game over. Season over.

The young Cowboys showed that the weren't too big for them. They even took the early haymakers from Green Bay but fought back to make it a classic playoff showdown. Unfortunately, Rodgers got to take the last counter-punch before the bell.

Other Notes:

  • The box score says Aaron Rodgers was sacked three times, but don't let that trick you into thinking our was effective. Rodgers was able to sit in the pocket most of the night or roll out and find receivers on the extended play. All three came from ; none of the defensive linemen were able make their presence felt. It was reminiscent of how Dallas lost in 2014.
  • finished his season with the same poise and clutch play that we've seen all year. He threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, plus ran in a critical two-point conversion, and had a 103.2 . He rose to the challenge of the 18-point deficit and gave us everything we could've asked for.
  • Similarly, left no doubt in his performance. With 125 yards and a 5.7 average, the only question is why he wasn't getting the ball more. Dallas passed the ball 38 times tonight and Zeke had just 22 carries. The pass-run ratio was even worse earlier in the game. As Elliott was getting solid gains from the beginning, it's hard to understand why didn't lean on Zeke more.
  • You know he won't care because it came in a loss, but did everything he could to avenge the 2014 game. Dez looked the part of the franchise WR tonight with 132 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches.
  • This was likely 's game last game as a Cowboy. The notorious magnet was back at it tonight and threw in some poor blocking. The Cowboys can save $5 million off his $7.5 million cap hit next year. He should be a goner.
  • Packers' LaDarius Gunter should have nightmares now anytime he's about to face the Cowboys. He was abused in their Week 6 meeting and again tonight, being on the losing end both Bryant touchdowns and several other big plays. I'm sure is very excited to see him next week.
  • Almost a hero of the night was , who had a sack and interception. Having to play because of 's and the Packers' frequent use of a five-receiver set, Heath nearly had a second pick late in the game but it got waived off on a pass interference call.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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