GREEN BAY – The Packers ruined former coach Mike McCarthy's return to Lambeau Field with a two-touchdown fourth-quarter comeback that led to an overtime victory, 31-28.
Kicker Mason Crosby's 28-yard field goal ended it with 3:06 left in OT and ended the Packers' five-game losing streak. Green Bay is now 4-6 on the season, Dallas is 6-3.
Green Bay got three TD receptions from rookie WR Christian Watson, the last two in the fourth quarter, with one of them on fourth-and-7 to cut the Cowboys' lead to seven points.
Both teams had possessions to win it down the stretch in regulation, and the Cowboys won the toss in overtime to take the ball. But the Packers stopped a fourth-and-3 from the Green Bay 35 and got the ball back.
QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Allen Lazard on a slant on third-and-short, and Lazard broke into the clear, running the ball all the way to the Dallas 20. The Packers eventually put the ball on the 10 to set up Crosby's winning kick.
New Packers S Rudy Ford had two interceptions preceding both of Green Bay's touchdowns in the first half, which ended with the score tied at 14. Dallas took the lead and momentum in the third quarter following WR Amari Rodgers' fumble on a punt return, and he was removed from that duty the rest of the game.
For the Packers, Rodgers was 14-of-20 for 224 yards with three TDs and a 146.7 passer rating. Watson had four catches for 107 yards and the three scores. RB Aaron Jones had the Packers' other TD, rushing 24 times for 138 yards. RB AJ Dillon added 13 carries for 65 yards, while Lazard had three catches for 45 yards and WR Sammy Watkins had three receptions for 47 yards.
For the Cowboys, QB Dak Prescott was 27-of-46 for 265 yards with three TDs, two INTs and a 78.6 passer rating. WR Cee Dee Lamb had 11 catches for 150 yards and two TDs, while TE Dalton Schultz added six grabs for 54 yards and a TD. RB Tony Pollard had 22 carries for 115 yards and a TD.
Here's a recap of all the action:
Packers and Cowboys tied at 0 after first quarter
The Cowboys won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. Green Bay made a big adjustment to its nickel package, with Rudy Ford playing alongside Adrian Amos at deep safety and Darnell Savage moving to the slot.
In dime, however, Amos went to the slot with Keisean Nixon and Savage played deep with Ford. The Packers' defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive, with Tony Pollard's 1-yard run on first down representing the only production on the drive.
After two incomplete passes, the Packers attempted a field goal, but Mason Crosby's 54-yard try fell short right. Green Bay's defense forced a second three-and-out, though, with Savage breaking up a second-down pass intended for tight end Noah Brown.
The Packers continued to find success behind Jones, with the Pro Bowl running back breaking a 17-yard run on a pitch behind a seal block by right tackle Yosh Nijman. Receiver Allen Lazard also made a downfield block on the play.
Jones was stopped on third-and-2 for a 3-yard loss and the Packers choose to take a delay of game penalty before Pat O'Donnell's punt to the Dallas 17.
Packers and Cowboys tied at 14 at halftime
The Cowboys struck first on CeeDee Lamb's 3-yard touchdown catch with 9 minutes, 52 seconds left in the second quarter. It came off a 17-play, 83-yard drive that lasted 8:28.
Dallas got the ball back at the Green Bay 10 after a strip sack of fumble recovery on third down, but the defense kept the Cowboys off the board with Ford intercepting Dak Prescott in the end zone and returning it 34 yards to the Packers' 33. It was Ford's second career INT.
On third-and-1, Green Bay got on the board with a 58-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Christian Watson to tie the game with 4:54 left in the first half. It was the longest completion of the year for Green Bay and Watson's first receiving TD.
On third-and-1, Ford picked off Prescott for the second straight drive and returned the ball 34 yards to the Dallas 24. It's only the second time Prescott has thrown interceptions on back-to-back series.
Green Bay moved inside the red zone after the two-minute warning following a defensive holding call on Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons. On the next play, Jones broke a 12-yard touchdown run to put the Packers up 14-7 with 1:42 left in the half.
Dallas answered with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz to tie the game at 14.
Cowboys lead Packers 28-14 after three
The Packers received the ball in the second half and Aaron Rodgers hit Jones in the flat for an 11-yard gain on first down.
Green Bay faced second-and-22 after a holding penalty but Rodgers connected with Sammy Watkins on a 23-yard completion. The drive stalled at the Cowboys' 42 and the Packers punted.
Dallas started at its own 5 after a 38-yard O'Donnell punt and unnecessary roughness penalty. Kenny Clark got his third sack of the year after a first-down blitz and the Cowboys went three-and-out.
Amari Rodgers fumbled the punt return, and the Cowboys took back over at the Packers' 45. Dallas converted the takeaway into points with Pollard rushing for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys back ahead, 21-14, with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
The Packers went three-and-out on their next possession, with Dallas taking over at its 14. Prescott was flagged for intentional grounding on first down, resulting in a loss of 11 yards. Dallas converted on third-and-9 with a 14-yard pass to Lamb.
Prescott hit Lamb again for a 35-yard touchdown to extend the Cowboys' lead to 28-14 with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
Rodgers scrambled for seven yards and a first down on third-and-3. The third quarter ended with a 15-yard pass to Watkins to the Dallas 43.
Packers and Cowboys head to overtime tied at 28
The fourth quarter began with a 39-yard pass to Watson to pull the Packers back within a score of the Cowboys, 28-21, with 13:23 remaining. He's the first Packers rookie receiver to catch two touchdowns in the same game since Keith Woodside on Oct. 23, 1988.
Tariq Carpenter tackled KaVontae Turpin at the Dallas' 12 on the ensuing kickoff return. Prescott hit Michael Gallup on a 9-yard out to convert on third-and-6.
Alexander tackled Gallup for no gain on a first-down receiver screen. On third-and-9, Preston Smith pressured Prescott into an incompletion with 9:09 remaining.
Rodgers found Watson on third-and-2 to move the chains. Allen Lazard caught a 9-yard slip screen before Dillon powered through for a 17-yard run to the Green Bay 48.
Jones hit a spin move and ran for 30 yards to the Cowboys' 18. After a 9-yard pass to Watkins across the middle, Dillon picked up two yards to set up first-and-goal at the Dallas 7.
The Packers tied the game at 28 with 2:29 remaining after Watson caught his third touchdown of the game on a 7-yard over route.
Pollard picked up three yards on first down before Quay Walker broke up a pass intended for Brown. Prescott's third-and-7 pass for Gallup fell incomplete with 1:49 left.
Green Bay had to punt it back after Rodgers threw the ball away.
Packers complete comeback with 31-28 overtime win over Cowboys
The Cowboys won the overtime coin toss and elected to receive. Dallas moved into Green Bay territory after two Pollard 7-yard runs and a 15-yard pass to Lamb. On second-and-8, Pollard picked up nine yards to the Green Bay 42 off a screen.
Jonathan Garvin tipped Prescott's next pass for an incompletion. A holding penalty pushed Dallas back 10 yards but Prescott hit Schultz for 16 to set up third-and-3 at the Green Bay 35.
After Alexander broke up the pass for Lamb, the Cowboys chose to go for it on fourth-and-3. Reed had the quarterback knockdown on Prescott's incompletion.
The Packers handed the ball to Jones on first and second down, gaining nine yards. On third-and-1, Rodgers connected with Lazard on a slant route that the fourth-year receiver took for 36 yards to the Dallas 20.
Dante Fowler was called for a facemask penalty on Jones' 5-yard run, setting up first-and-goal at the Dallas 7. Rodgers kneeled the ball down at the Dallas 10, setting up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal from 28 yards.