Flynn fuels epic rally, Packers top Cowboys 37-36
Matt Flynn is ready to hand the starting job back to Aaron
While he’s finished filling in for the injured former Super Bowl
MVP, he has a spot in Green Bay lore, even if it’s not quite on par
with the franchise’s many championship moments.
Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy
had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge after Tony Romo threw an
interception to give the Packers one more chance, and Green Bay
matched the biggest comeback in franchise history with a 37-36 win
over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
”Yeah, it’s probably the biggest win of my career,” said
Flynn, who has won two straight starts after the Packers were
winless for five straight without Rodgers, including the Chicago
game when he broke his left collarbone.
The epic rally fueled by Flynn – and helped along by Romo –
didn’t change anything about the quarterback situation with the
Packers (7-6-1) still in playoff contention heading into a home
game against Pittsburgh.
Rodgers was close to medical clearance against the Cowboys, but
missed his sixth straight game. He was wearing a headset on Green
”I don’t anticipate being the guy going forward,” said Flynn,
who was released twice this year before the Packers picked him up
after Rodgers got hurt. ”We all anticipate Aaron getting
Romo tossed two interceptions in the final 3 minutes, the first
set up Green Bay’s go-ahead score with the Cowboys in position to
run out the clock.
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,” Packers coach Mike
McCarthy said. ”I’m just drained. Just the sheer emotion. It was
Playing on the same field where Rodgers was the MVP when they
won the 2011 Super Bowl, the Packers matched the 23-point rally by
the 1982 team in a September game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Five things to consider after the Packers beat the Cowboys on
the road for the first time in 10 games – a drought dating to
PICKS ARE POISON: With Dallas leading 36-31, Dez Bryant made
lunged for a first down after a catch just before the 2-minute
warning that looked like would be enough for the Cowboys to hold
But Romo threw behind Miles Austin after escaping a sack and Sam
Shields intercepted at midfield. The Packers steadily moved
downfield before Lacy’s score.
Behind for the first time since the first quarter, Romo threw a
ball too far in front of Cole Beasley, and Tramon Williams made a
diving grab that was initially called incomplete. When the video
review overturned the call, Flynn ended the game with
Williams had an earlier interception and return inside the
Dallas 10 overturned on replay with the Cowboys clinging to a 29-24
DEVASTATED DEZ: Bryant walked off the field before the game
ended and refused to talk to reporters in the locker room, simply
shaking his head at them after finishing with 153 yards and a
touchdown. He later tweeted that he went back to the locker room
”because I was emotional … it had nothing to do with my
The Cowboys (7-7) still control their playoff fate despite
blowing a great chance to pull even in the NFC East with the
Eagles, who lost to Minnesota.
They finish with Washington and Philadelphia after wasting five
field goals from Dan Bailey, including two from 50 yards, and
DeMarco Murray’s second straight 100-yard game (134 with a
”We still control what we feel like we can get done,” said
Romo, who threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns. ”It just doesn’t
feel like it right now because we let it slip away.”
LACY’S BIG RUN: Lacy might have jump-started the Green Bay
offense with a 60-yard run on the first play of the second half.
The Packers scored touchdowns on their first five drives after
halftime against a Dallas defense that gave up eight straight
scoring possessions in a loss to Chicago last week. ”We just
didn’t give up,” said Lacy, who finished with 141 yards.
MORE COACH TALK: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones emphatically repeated
that there will be no coaching change after a collapse that moved
Jason Garrett a step closer to his third straight 8-8 season, which
would likely mean a fourth straight year without a playoff berth
for the Cowboys. ”We have to rebound,” Jones said. ”We’ve got a
ball game coming up, and by the way, Garrett will coach that game
against the Redskins. Book that. Write about that.”
INJURY UPDATE: Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly left the game
with a shoulder injury, and tight end Brandon Bostick came out with
a foot injury. The Cowboys ended up without their top four
linebackers after Justin Durant (hamstring) and Ernie Sims (hip)
were knocked out. They were already playing without Sean Lee and
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