Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers NFL Playoffs Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s NFL Playoffs Breakdown and Analysis
January 11, 2015
In our first NFL matchup of the Sunday divisional schedule, we had a nice-looking game between the Cowboys and the Packers at Lambeau Field. Dallas was great on the road this year, and Green Bay was equally so at home, so something had to give in this battle for a spot in the NFC Championship.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats from this game so that we can see exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s coming up next weekend as the final four teams get back to work.
What Happened: A lot of things were working against Green Bay in this game, not the least of which being Aaron Rodgers’ much talked-about calf injury, but the team was able to pull out a victory at home when it mattered most.
The scoring started on an Andrew Quarless TD catch from four yards out, giving Rodgers his first score of the day. The Cowboys were able to respond on a 1-yard TD pass from Tony Romo to Tyler Clutts near the end of the first quarter, and we had a ballgame on our hands.
In the second, Dallas took the lead on a 38-yard Terrance Williams receiving TD. The Packers were able to get into field goal range as the first half expired, closing to within four on a 40-yard Mason Crosby field goal that made it 14-10 at the break.
After halftime, Crosby connected on a 30-yarder to make it 14-13 Cowboys, but Dallas would surge ahead on a 1-yard run from DeMarco Murray. The Pack got it going on a 46-yard TD pass from Rodgers to Davante Adams and were back within one as the third quarter ended.
In the fourth, the only scoring was on a 13-yard Richard Rodgers TD that gave the Packers a 26-21 lead. That score would hold up, and Green Bay moves on to face the Seahawks next weekend.
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The Stars: Rodgers should get a lot of credit for gutting this one out. He finished with 316 yards and three touchdowns, which is all the more remarkable considering he had a gimpy calf. Randall Cobb also deserves some huge props; he made eight big receptions for 116 yards and was Rodgers’ go-to guy when the team needed help in crunch time.
On the other side, DeMarco Murray finished with 128 total yards and a score, but will be haunted by that lost fumble--a play he could have scored on.
The Goats: Dallas had plenty of opportunities they simply didn’t take advantage of. The real turning point was on a Dez Bryant reception at the Packers’ 1-yard line late in the game. It was initially called a catch but was overturned, and Dallas never recovered.
The Cowboys’ defensive line only got to Rodgers once in this game for a 10-yard loss; hard to believe from an injured quarterback and a pretty good defense.
Injuries: The only injury anyone’s going to be talking about this week belongs to Rodgers. His calf will see a lot of airtime on the sports networks, and deservedly so. He was limping noticeably all afternoon, and it remains to be seen whether or not he can recover in time to be effective in Seattle.
Outlook: Next week is the NFC Championship game in Seattle. That one is set for Sunday at 3:05 ET on FOX.
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