Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) intercepts the ball in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) at AT

Postgame Recap: Packers 37, Cowboys 36

Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT

There are no ifs, ands, or buts on this one: Matt Flynn out-dueled Tony Romo.  Tony Romo threw the game-losing interception in the fourth quarter in December, giving the Green Bay Packers a 37-36 victory. Tony Romo is now the only quarterback to have won at Lambeau Field, but the first since rookie Troy Aikman to have lost at home to the Packers. Tony Romo continues to be America’s Whipping Boy, and after today, for good reason.

On the Cowboys’ 11th drive, leading 36-31 with 2:58 left in the game, Clay Matthews rushed Romo, who he quickly sidestepped. After gathering himself, Romo threw a pick to Sam Shields, intended for Miles Austin, right at the Cowboys star at midfield. The Packers mounted an eight-play drive to score the go-ahead touchdown. A failed two-point conversion made it 37-36, the game’s final score.
On the ensuing drive, rather than mounting a comeback, Romo went to Beasley for 9 yards on a quick out. Then, on 2nd and 1, Romo went back to Beasley for another quick out, but was intercepted by Tramon Williams. Ruled an incomplete pass on the field, the replay assistant buzzed down to Walt Coleman to review the play. He concluded it was Romo’s second fourth quarter interception in the last three minutes in a December game. Game over.

After trading field goals with Green Bay, Dallas jumped out to a 13-3 lead to close out the first quarter. Then, in the second, they kept extended it with two more Dan Bailey field goals and a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to make it 26-3 going into halftime.

Packers wide receiver scored a 13 yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn to make it 26-10 on the Packers’ first second half possession. Dallas responded with a field goal, while Green Bay scored again with a 3 yard touchdown catch by Andrew Quarless to make it 29-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

Packers runningback James Starks scored an 11 yard screen pass to make it 29-24 Cowboys, and hope seemed to arrive when Dez Bryant scored a 5 yard touchdown catch with 8:04 left. It was 36-24 Cowboys. However, Matt Flynn drove 80 yards in 10 plays, taking only 3:38 off the clock to narrow the gap to 36-31 Cowboys.

A Christmas gift from Tony Romo to his boyhood team set up the go-ahead touchdown from Eddie Lacy to make it 37-36 Packers after the failed two-point try. Another Romo pick sealed the deal.

Dallas led 26-3 at halftime. The largest comeback in Green Bay Packers’ history came in 1982 against the Los Angeles Rams. The largest halftime lead that the Dallas Cowboys ever been blown was witnessed today in AT&T Stadium.

For Dallas, they are still mathematically alive to win the division and make the playoffs, and not in the way our readers are mathematically able to date Megan Fox either. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles losing in Minnesota today, the Eagles are now 8-6 with the Cowboys at 7-7. If the Cowboys win their early game showdown in Washington, regardless of the Eagles game’s outcome on Sunday night, they will still have a chance to win the division in Week 17 at AT&T Stadium, where they hold a 5-2 mark.

It is looking like Krampus will be visiting all of Cowboys Nation this Christmas.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    First of all the second interception was Beasley’s fault for breaking off his route. However, that play should not have been called two times in a row by whoever called it. The defensive players on the other team are also paid and they obviously saw that play coming. Second of all on the second interception, Romo should not have had the option to call a passing play instead of the running play that was actually called.That is the fault of Jerry Jones whose inept management decided to give Romo more authority to change plays. If Dallas had ran the ball more you wouldn’t have the opportunity to bash Romo following this game. I am not excusing Romo as he had no business opting out of the running play and when the play broke down he should have ran the ball himself. I am totally frustrated by the Cowboy’s performance but I am equally tired of reading articles that are bent on bashing one player, like you did Romo in this article, without also writing about other reasons for the poor plays that Romo was involved in. But don’t feel alone, Mark, as Cowboy fans will also hear Romo bashing from others without telling the full story.

  • wowthanks

    Romo didn’t throw a pick – Williams made a great play – that is football. These boys who play journalists are getting annoying…their lack of skill as writers and experience as journalists – and – their lack ability to understand football as something more than their fantasy football minds can dictate, really does nothing for the game or sport.

  • californy

    These writer don’t know much about football, QB don’t win games team do. The prime example to this is 1994 Season with 8 pro Bowl player on Offense and Aikman went 13 td to 12 interception on the season.