Impossible odds? No sweat. Green Bay Packers lasso Dallas Cowboys, 37-36

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Updated: December 15, 2013

Green Bay Packers placekicker nailed a 57-yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys, his second of the 2013 season from that distance.

Whenever quarterback Matt Flynn takes the field for the Green Bay Packers (7-6-1), dramatic things seem to happen.

Down by a 3-26 margin at the break, the Packers suddenly alive in the third quarter, scoring 34 points to steal an improbable 37-36 victory from the Dallas Cowboys (7-7) at AT&T Stadium.

In so doing, they tied a franchise record — set in 1983 — for largest deficit overcome in a come-from-behind victory.

Recap

At halftime, we said the Packers needed some quick scores if they hoped to get back into the game. They proceeded to do just that.

On the first play of the third quarter, rookie running back Eddie Lacy peeled off a 60-yard run to put the offense on the Dallas 20-yard line. James Starks followed up with a pair of rushes that netted seven more yards. That set up Matt Flynn for a 13-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Unable to move the ball into the red zone on the ensuing drive, Dallas was forced to settle for a 50-yard Dan Bailey field goal.

Green Bay responded with a 12-play drive that took five minutes and 20 seconds off the clock and was capped off by a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless.

The defense held, sacking quarterback Tony Romo for -13 yards. Micah Hyde returned the ensuing punt 26 yards to the Dallas 22-yard line. Flynn promptly found James Starks in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown.

Dallas responded with an 80-yard drive of their own that ended on a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Not to be outdone, Green Bay marched 80 yards down the field as Flynn hit Quarless for 14 yards and wide receiver Jarrett Boykin for 27. The drive culminated as Flynn connected with wide receiver James Jones for a three-yard touchdown, Flynn’s fourth of the day.

An interception by cornerback Sam Shields set the Packers up at midfield. Flynn and Quarless joined forces for another 18-yard gain, while Lacy ground out 24 yards on five carries and capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown scamper.

A failed two-point conversion attempt left Green Bay up by one point and needing a final defensive stand. They got it in the form over cornerback Tramon Williams, who cut in front of a pass intended for wide receiver Coal Beasley and made an athletic catch for the interception.

Flynn took a knee to seal the surprising win.

Athough they were gashed all game, both through the air and on the ground, the Green Bay Packers defense did just enough to seal a victory in the end.

Standouts

Jarrett Boykin had a stellar second half, nabbing six catches for 83 yards. Andrew Quarless was Flynn’s favorite target yet again, pulling down six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Eddie Lacy added another excellent game to his resume, amassing 141 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for an outstanding average of 6.7 yards per attempt.

With today’s performance, Lacy eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season and brought his year-to-date average back up to 4.1 yards per carry. He leads all rookies in rushing yardage and keeps himself in the discussion for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Despite making some glaring mistakes, particularly in the first half, Tramon Williams helped salvage a remarkable victory from seemingly certain defeat.

Slipups

Although his overall numbers — 26 of 39 (66.7 percent), 299 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception — look great, Matt Flynn still has a lot of work to do.

In particular, too many of his passes were behind his receivers, forcing them to come back to make the catch and preventing them from making a play. On one play in particular, Flynn threw so far behind Eddie Lacy that Lacy slipped and would have been downed for negative yardage even had he completed the reception.

The rush defense was deplorable yet again, allowing running back DeMarco Murray to stampede for 134 yards on 18 carries, an embarrassing average of 7.4 yards per carry.

Injuries

Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was lost in the first half with a shoulder problem.

Dallas linebacker Justin Durant was lost with a hamstring injury — the 18th Cowboys player to suffer a hamstring issue this year — while Ernie Sims was injured on the final play of the first half and did not return.

What’s next

The Green Bay Packers have now gone 2-4-1 (.357) since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was lost to a fracture collarbone. With this win, they remain half a game behind the division-leading Chicago Bears and gain half a game on the Detroit Lions pending their contest against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.

Although it’s encouraging to see that the Packers can win in Rodgers’ absence, it’s impossible not to notice a troubling commonality in the games that ended in a victory or tie: they all came against some of the worst defenses in the NFL. Moreover, the two wins have been by a combined total of two points.

Green Bay also benefited from Dallas offensive coordinator Bill Callahan’s inexplicable decision to continue passing when he could have put the balls in the hands of DeMarco Murray to ice the win.

Needless to say, it’s difficult to envision this Packers squad as one that can make any noise in the playoffs, even if Rodgers manages to return next week.

Nevertheless, with the NFC North divisional race as tight as it is, they can certainly make things interesting in the final two weeks of the season. If nothing else, they have a chance to play spoiler, particularly if the Lions manage to lose tomorrow night.

Now they must gear up for their final home game of the year. They will host the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have gone 1-2 against the Black and Blue Division so far. A victory will be absolutely essential if they want their Week 17 contest at Soldier Field to have any significance.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

605 comments
G & G
G & G moderator

Hey Raji

jmac3444
jmac3444

I am out too. see you guys later

Building With Clay is back SON
Building With Clay is back SON

Eddie Lacy is my favorite Packer.

I'm scared to say this because Nick Collins was my favorite Packer and then he was taken away from me.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Later guys....I fucking picked the Benbitches and they sucked.

Steelers defeat Bengals, 30-20!

Judge__Smails
Judge__Smails

Fucking A Florio!


Alright I'm outta here, night dick licks

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Twitter is enjoying how to deal with Romo and Flynn....first Romo

New Dallas Cowboys Nike Ad.

Judge__Smails
Judge__Smails

Raji, I made that Mathsay pic my background. GF walks in and said, 'Who the fuck is that?'


PS. Don't sue me.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

I have gotten a picture with Mark Murphy before at Lambeau...EVEN on a day they lost, he is a really nice guy

Judge__Smails
Judge__Smails

I hate that I will be rooting for 'The Brow' tomorrow night

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

 A Tale of Two Halves

G & G
G & G moderator

Nevermind

Benjamin Rajile
Benjamin Rajile

Haha it's all yours. My phone added a nice purple hue anyway

Benjamin Rajile
Benjamin Rajile

He just came right over when I called his name. Really nice guy

robertj72
robertj72

Bill Murray fan or not that is one of the 3 best Christmas movies ever.

Judge__Smails
Judge__Smails

 Their love child would be such a diabetic mess.

jmac3444
jmac3444

BJs. lots and lots of BJs

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

 Romo changed his color....turns out white people look different when they choke.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

 I have seen people call him back from where he was and he nicely came over to get pictures with them.....man is a perfect packers ambasador.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

No, I go to Lambeau once a year at minimum and have tix to the luxury area.  Mark Murphy walks around post game and it is quite common to see people taking picture with him.  

jordyjumphere
jordyjumphere

Remember Mark Murphy the safety from the 80's. Not a hair on his body.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

 That is TED.  I have met him once....a bit of a sour pus