Aaron Rodgers breaks Dallas Cowboys’ hearts again, 35-31

ARLINGTON, TX — Aaron Rodgers stunned the Dallas Cowboys again with a fourth quarter comeback to lift the Green Bay Packers to a 35-31 victory Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Rodgers, who completed 19-of-29 for 221 yards and three touchdowns, threw a 12-yard touchdown to receiver Davante Adams with 16 seconds in the game.

Quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense left too much time on the clock as the second-year signal caller scored on an 11-yard scramble with 1:18 to play to take a 31-28 lead. Prescott finished going 24-for-35 for 223 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception which was returned for a touchdown.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott gained 116 yards on 29 carries, his third career game against Green Bay and subsequently his third 100-yard game against the Packers. Rookie running back Aaron Jones gained 125 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for Green Bay.

Tight end Jason Witten had a game-high eight receptions for 61 yards for the Cowboys. Adams had 66 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches for the Packers.

Dallas receiver Cole Beasley caught a 2-yard touchdown pass as he sneaked inside the right front corner of the end zone. Dallas drove 75 plays in 13 plays, including a 49-yard connection from Prescott to Brice Butler on third-and-13 and a fourth-and-1 conversion, to take an early 7-0 lead.

The Packers quickly answered as they faced not one third down in their 10-play, 75-yard march. Rodgers hit receiver Adams for a 10-yard score, but kicker Mason Crosby missed the point after attempt to leave the Packers trailing by one 7-6.

Dallas pressed on with another 75-yard drive that again saw Beasley score a touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-6 lead.

The Cowboys defense pressured Rodgers on their second drive and defensive end David Irving, making his debut after serving a four-game suspension, sacked Rodgers to force a three-and-out.

Dallas took possession and marched 57 yards in 10 plays with receiver Dez Bryant scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass to give the Cowboys a 21-6 lead.

Green Bay cut into the Cowboys’ lead with Jones scoring on a 7-yard touchdown carry, but Crosby again missed the extra point and Green Bay stayed two scores behind 21-12 heading into halftime.

The Packers chipped away at the Cowboys lead with Crosby hitting a 22-yard field goal as Dallas led 21-15 with 11:12 in the third quarter.

After a Cowboys three-and-out, Green Bay took their first lead of the game with receiver Jordy Nelson finishing a 14-play, 88-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown catch. Crosby hit the extra point to propel the Packers ahead 22-21 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Dallas pulled ahead by two 24-22 with kicker Dan Bailey hitting a 43-yard field goal with 11:49 to play.

Randall’s pick-six of Prescott gave the Packers a 30-24 lead with 9:56 to play.


Green Bay Packers 35
Dallas Cowboys 31

Summary — The Cowboys blew a nine-point halftime lead to fall 2-3 on the season as Rodgers led Green Bay to victory and a 4-1 start.

Turning point — On third-and-8 from the Dallas 30-yard line on Green Bay’s game-winning drive, Rodgers scrambled for 18 yards, making it the Packers’ first conversion on such down-and-distance in two tries this season.

Stat — Green Bay trailed in time of possession 24:54 to the Cowboys’ 35:06.

NFL Football Week 5 Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay – 6 6 3 20  35
Dallas        – 7 14 0 10 31

First quarter

DAL — Beasley 2 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 8:26

GNB — Adams 10 pass from Rodgers (kick failed), 4:05

Second quarter

DAL — Beasley 5 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 13:41

DAL — Bryant 10 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 6:16

GNB — Jones 7 run (kick failed), 0:58

Third quarter

GNB — Crosby 22 kick, 11:12

Fourth quarter

GNB — Nelson 10 pass from Rodgers 15:00

DAL — Bailey 43 kick, 11:49

GNB — Randall 21 interception return, 10:04

DAL — Prescott 11 run (Bailey kick), 1:18

GNB — Adams 12 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 0:16

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