Following Green Bay’s victory against the Chicago Bears in Week four’s Thursday Night Football, the Packers had nine days to prepare before heading to Dallas to take on the Cowboys last Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
In the first contest between the two teams since the Packers’ thrilling 34-31 playoff victory against the Cowboys last January, Aaron Rodgers and company returned to Dallas and made a statement in the second half on their way to a 35-31 comeback win. Green Bay now stands alone atop the NFC North with a 4-1 record, while the Cowboys go into their bye week at 2-3.
It was a tale of two halves for Green Bay. The Cowboys took a 21-6 lead in the first half thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Dak Prescott. With a late second half drive for Green Bay, capped off with a seven-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones, the Packers went into halftime down 21-12.
Kicker Mason Crosby missed both first-half extra point attempts.
Crosby provided the lone score in the third quarter with a 22-yard field goal, cutting Dallas’s lead to six.
Jordy Nelson hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to open the scoring in the fourth, giving Green Bay a 22-21 lead, the first of five lead changes in the final quarter. Following a Dallas field goal, Packers defensive back Damarious Randall returned an interception 21 yards for the score, putting Green Bay ahead 28-24, with the Packers failing to convert a two-point try.
Shortly after Dallas converted a key fourth down, requiring a booth review to overturn the call, deep in Green Bay territory, Dak Prescott’s 11-yard read-option touchdown gave the Cowboys a late 31-28 lead with just 1:13 left to play after a drive that took 17 plays and nearly nine minutes of game time.
With one timeout remaining, Aaron Rodgers orchestrated a drive that brought Green Bay within field goal range for the potential tying score in just four plays and 34 seconds. No field goal attempt was needed as Davante Adams caught his second touchdown pass of the game, the first and last score of the game for Green Bay, to give the Packers the lead with just 11 seconds to play. Green Bay’s defense held on to preserve the victory, 35-31.
Adams led Green Bay in receiving with seven receptions for 66 yards and two scores. It was an especially meaningful performance for Adams after receiving a vicious hit to the head just 10 days earlier against the Chicago Bears, causing him to be carted off the field.
Rodgers finished the game with 221 passing yards, 32 yards on the ground, and three touchdown passes with a 122.9 passer rating. The Packers gained a much-needed boost in their running game behind a 125-yard rushing performance on 19 carries by Aaron Jones.
The Packers will carry their momentum into Minnesota to take on the Vikings in what will be Green Bay’s first noon game of the season. The Vikings are working on a short-week, following their 20-17 victory on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.
Minnesota quarterback, Sam Bradford, continues to battle “wear and tear” in his knee. Bradford was replaced prior to halftime on Monday after completing only five of 11 passes for thirty-six yards. Case Keenum then led the Vikings to three scoring drives, completing 17/21 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown. The Vikings are also without standout rookie running back, Dalvin Cook, who is out for the season with an ACL injury.