The Dallas Cowboys were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the waning moments of the game once again, 35-31.
In the NFC divisional round of the playoffs last season, the Dallas Cowboys were defeated by the Green Bay Packers, 34-31. And it was Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers that led his team to a last minute victory in AT&T Stadium. In Sunday’s Week Five rematch, it was a pure case of déjà vu.
Dallas had a 31-28 lead with 1:18 left in the game. But once again, Rodgers orchestrated a game-winning 75-yard drive in :46 seconds to defeat the Cowboys in their own house, 35-31.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had an excellent day. The reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year passed for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. And that single pick was a deflection off of the hands of wide receiver Terrance Williams. Prescott also rushed for 37 yards and had one score on the ground.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 116 yards on 29 carries. Tight end Jason Witten led the team with eight receptions for 61 yards. Dez Bryant caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Slot receiver Cole Beasley scored twice on his four catches for 23 yards.
The Cowboys defense allowed Rogers to complete 19 of his 29 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones had 125 rushing yards and a score on 19 carries.
Rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis co-led the Cowboys with seven total tackles. He also allowed the game-winning touchdown pass to float right past him. Linebacker Jaylon Smith also had seven tackles. In his return from a PED suspension, defensive tackle David Irving registered two sacks on Rodgers. Also getting sacks were defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyron Crawford. That makes 8.5 sacks in five games for Lawrence.
The Dallas Cowboys will be on a bye next week, giving some of their injuries players like veteran linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) extra time to recover. When they return in Week Seven, the Cowboys will head to California to play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 22nd at 3:05 p.m. CDT.