For the second time in the same year Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke the hearts of Cowboys Nation with a final minute scoring drive. This time with a touchdown pass over rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis, to secure a 35-31 home win.
While the game ended with Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers trading scoring blows, the final score might’ve really been decided before either of those potential game winning drives began. Leading 24-22 and getting the ball back in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys had a chance to seal the game.
Eventually, they would drive the length of the field, pounding the rock behind an offensive line which finally looked familiar, and using a running back which seemed to be taking the game personal.
And, of course, all led by a quarterback in Dak Prescott who is more “for real” than any other young signal caller in the league.
The problem was, this entire drive followed a play which became the turning point of the game. On the second play of this aforementioned drive, Dak Prescott tried to hit wide receiver Terrance Williams on a quick curl route to the sticks. If completed, Williams could’ve simply fallen forward for the first down, kick starting what might have been a game-sealing drive.
Damarious Randall threw up the X! #GBvsDAL
Instead, the ball bounced off Williams’ chest and right into the hands of Packers cornerback Damarious Randall, who returned the interception for a touchdown.
As Randall flipped the ball towards Prescott and threw up the X in the Cowboys’ end zone, the game sort of felt over. Green Bay had been playing catch up the entire day, with the Cowboys offense dictating the pace and controlling the clock for much of the afternoon.
With this one dropped pass turned interception, all of that changed.
Now, it was the Cowboys playing catch up and trying to take a lead. Dak Prescott’s touchdown could’ve put Green Bay away and gave the Cowboys a monstrous home win. Instead, it simply delayed what felt like the inevitable.
An Aaron Rodgers game winning drive.