Flynn fuels epic rally, Packers top Cowboys 37-36

Matt Flynn is ready to hand the starting job back to Aaron

Rodgers.

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

Bay’s sideline.

”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

healthy.”

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

incredible.”

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

1989.

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

on.

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

kneel-downs.

Williams had an earlier interception and return inside the

Dallas 10 overturned on replay with the Cowboys clinging to a 29-24

lead.

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

teammates.”

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

touchdown).

”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

Bruce Carter.

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