ARLINGTON, Texas – If this was Matt Flynn’s last start in place of Aaron Rodgers, it was quite a memorable one.
Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge after an interception by Tony Romo gave them one more chance, and the Green Bay Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history in a 37-36 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Romo tossed two interceptions in the final 3 minutes, the first one giving Green Bay a chance for the go-ahead score with the Cowboys in position to run out the clock with a 36-31 lead.
Lacy scored with 1:31 to go for Green Bay’s first lead since the first quarter and after the Packers trailed 26-3 at halftime.
“It took me everything not to cry,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, whose team won its second straight without Rodgers after going winless in the first five, including the Chicago game when the star QB got hurt. “I’m just drained. Just the sheer emotion. It was incredible.”
The Packers matched the 1982 team for the largest rally.
The Packers (7-6-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with Rodgers possibly returning next week. He was close to medical clearance, but missed his sixth straight game with a broken collarbone.
The vibe in Dallas could remain negative for a while, with Dez Bryant walking off the field before the game ended and refusing to talk to reporters in the locker room, simply shaking his head at them after finishing with 153 yards and a touchdown.
The Cowboys (7-7) blew a great chance to pull even with Philadelphia in the NFC East but still control their playoff fate. They finish with Washington and the Eagles.
Packers 37, Cowboys 36
Dal – FG Bailey 47
GB – FG Crosby 57
Dal – FG Bailey 23
Dal – Witten 25 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Dal – FG Bailey 43
Dal – FG Bailey 50
Dal – Murray 1 run (Bailey kick),
GB – Nelson 13 pass from Flynn (Crosby kick)
Dal – FG Bailey 50
GB – Quarless 3 pass from Flynn (Crosby kick)
GB – Starks 11 pass from Flynn (Crosby kick)
Dal – Bryant 5 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
GB – J.Jones 3 pass from Flynn (Crosby kick)
GB – Lacy 1 run (pass failed)
A – 91,054.
|Total Net Yards||433||466|
|Time of Poss.||28:20||31:40|
RUSHING – Green Bay, Lacy 21-141, Starks 3-12, Flynn 3-(minus 3). Dallas, Murray 18-134.
PASSING – Green Bay, Flynn 26-39-1-299. Dallas, Romo 29-48-2-358.
RECEIVING – Green Bay, Boykin 6-83, Quarless 6-66, Nelson 5-61, Lacy 4-30, J.Jones 3-49, Starks 1-11, Kuhn 1-(minus 1). Dallas, Bryant 11-153, Witten 4-71, Williams 4-46, Murray 4-19, Beasley 3-19, Austin 2-35, Escobar 1-15.
MISSED FIELD GOALS – None.