Packers surge to edge Cowboys 37-36

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 15: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after losing 37-36 to the Green Bay Packers during a game at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 9:18 PM

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ARLINGTON (AP) — Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge and the Green Bay Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history, rallying from 23 points down at halftime to beat the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 Sunday.

Tony Romo had 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 just over 1 1-2 minutes left.

Playing on the same field where they won the 2011 Super Bowl, the Packers matched the 1982 team, which rallied past the Los Angeles Rams after trailing by 23.

The Packers (7-6-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with Aaron Rodgers possibly returning next week.

The Cowboys (7-7) stayed a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.


WFAA's Joe Trahan presents a quarter-by-quarter account of the Cowboys-Packers game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

FIRST QUARTER

The Cowboys' offense has created several big plays against the Packers, and lead Green Bay 13-3 after the first quarter of their game at AT&T Stadium.

Tony Romo hit tight end Jason Witten with a perfect throw down the seam for a 25-yard touchdown and a 13-3 lead.

The Cowboys racked up 6 plays of 15 or more yards, and ended the first quarter with 192 total yards. On their first two drives, the Cowboys were forced to settle for field goals before they finally broke through.

The Cowboys' defense, off the heels of that awful performance against the Bears, held the Packers to 32 total yards and a field goal in the first 15 minutes.

SECOND QUARTER

The Dallas offense is absolutely dominating the Packers halfway through their tilt at AT&T Stadium, and the Cowboys are fully in control, leading 26-3.

DeMarco Murray's one-yard plunge capped off a 75-yard drive that featured a pair of long catches by Dez Bryant. Romo hit Bryant for 37 yards to get into Packers territory. Another pass to Bryant for 16 yards put the Cowboys at the one, setting up the game's second touchdown, extending the Cowboys' lead to 23 points.

The score could have been even more heavily in the Cowboys favor, but they were forced to settle for field goals twice in the second quarter.

The Cowboys finished the half with 332 total yards - that's more than their season average of 328.4 yards per complete game.

Romo threw for 250 yards and a touchdown to tight end Jason Witten. DeMarco Murray ran for 93 yards. Dez Bryant had 102 yards receiving.

The Cowboys' defense played at a much higher level than they did a week ago against the Bears, limiting the Packers to just 3 points with back-up quarterback Matt Flynn struggling for most of the half.

Former SMU player Sterling Moore intercepted Flynn deep in Packers territory near the end of the second quarter, setting up Murray's touchdown run.

THIRD QUARTER

The Green Bay Packers are mounting a rally in the third quarter against the Cowboys and have shaved a lead that was 23 at the half down to 12, with the Cowboys leading 29-17 after three quarters.

Late in the quarter, Matt Flynn found tight end Andrew Quarless for a three-yard touchdown that made it 29-17 late in the third quarter.

After struggling mightily in the first half, Flynn played much better in the third quarter, throwing for a pair of touchdowns.

The Packers wasted no time scoring on their first possession of the half to cut the Cowboys' lead to 26-10. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ripped off a 60-yard run to the Cowboys 20 yard line. Later in the drive, quarterback Matt Flynn threw a jump ball for Jordy Nelson and he snatched the ball away from defensive back Orlando Scandrick.

The Cowboys settled for a field goal on their first possession of the second half and punted on the other.

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