Packers pull off thrilling comeback, 35-31 over Cowboys

QB Aaron Rodgers directs 75-yard TD drive to win


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.

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