The inexperienced Bay Packers recorded an exciting 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys inside the NFL playoffs on Sunday. Green’s victory over the Cowboys becomes eerily similar to the Packers’ win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in terrific Bowl XLV.
The Packers jumped out to a 21-3 lead in that win and did the same component to the Cowboys on Sunday. After Dallas grabbed a three-0 lead on their starting drive, the Packers (12-6) rattled off 21 immediately factors as quarterback Aaron Rodgers stuck hearth.
RODGERS THE TRICKSTER
Rodgers drew the Cowboys offside and hit tight stop Richard Rodgers at the free play for a superbly located 34-backyard touchdown pass.
However simply as the Steelers climbed back from a 21-three deficit with a pair of touchdowns, the Cowboys (13-4) scored 10 immediately factors earlier than half-time to make it a one-score sport. The big play becomes a forty-backyard landing skip from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant with 5 minutes, fifty nine seconds closing inside the half of.
After Pittsburgh got returned in the sport, Rodgers made it a two-rating sport with a touchdown bypass to Greg Jennings. He did the equal again Sunday; opening the second half of via main a six-play, 75-yard power that ended with a 3-yard skip to tight stop Jared cook. The power began with Rodgers scrambling out of the pocket to locate Randall Cobb, who stuck a 25-backyard pass up the sideline and stayed in bounds way to an exceptional toe drag.
The Cowboys clawed returned Sunday, capitalizing on a Rodgers interception with a six-yard landing bypass to tight end Jason Witten with 11:39 final in the sport. It turned into the first postseason landing of Witten’s 14-12 month’s hall of fame profession. The Cowboys tied it up with four: 08 last as Prescott and Bryant hooked up again from seven yards out. Prescott ran in the two-point conversion to fasten it up at 28-28.
Prescott became 24 of 38 for 302 yards and became the first rookie quarterback with three touchdowns in a postseason game.
RODGERS THE MAGICIAN
But Rodgers confirmed his MVP shape with a go-ahead drive that ended with Mason Crosby’s record 56-yard field goal with 1:33 closing. Even after the Cowboys tied it up on Dan Bailey’s fifty two-yard discipline intention, the Packers got the ball returned with 35 seconds remaining and Rodgers once more labored his magic.
An tremendous 35-backyard bypass to cook dinner on a third-and-20 were given the Packers in position for Crosby’s sport-winning 51-backyard kick as time expired to send the Packers to subsequent Sunday’s NFC championship sport at Atlanta.
“It becomes a fantastic trap with the aid of Jared,” Rodgers told Fox sports. “It’s simply sort of schoolyard at times. Jared just stored on coming and makes a hell of a trap. “We’re going to revel in the heck out of this sport.”
Rodgers finished 27 of forty two for 320 yards and touchdowns. He threw for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns within the notable Bowl victory six years in the past.
RUN THE desk
Sunday’s win allows erase years of pain from the Packers’ divisional playoff losses to the Cowboys in 1993 and 1994 and in the NFC championship sport in 1995. This time it turned into the Packers prevailing in Texas and ending the Cowboys’ hopes for a first rate Bowl.
The Packers, who have now gained eight immediately, went through Atlanta to attain the awesome Bowl six years ago and could, need to do the equal again these 12 months to get to Houston.