The Dallas Cowboys had a perfect chance to defeat a team that has owned them in the last ten games, and to be frank, they blew it.
The Green Bay Packers entered this game on a five-game losing streak and a lengthy injury report that made it feel like the Cowboys could finally beat this team for the first time since 2016. On paper, the ball was in Dallas’s court. Maybe there was just too much history between these two teams for it to be just about what was “on paper”
The game started slowly with two interceptions thrown by Dak Prescott, but as they have done a lot recently, the Cowboys made good half-time adjustments that gave the fanbase faith. Two great touchdowns from CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard put the team up 28-14 headed into the fourth quarter.
A full two-score lead and all the team needed to do was run out the clock and keep Green Bay off the field. They just couldn’t do it. The run defense continued to struggle and players in all phases committed “shoot yourself in the foot penalties” that allowed the Packers to claw their way back into this one.
You have to give credit to the defense for not letting the Packers score when Aaron Rodgers got the ball in a tie ball game with 1:38 to go, but it just wasn’t enough.
The game headed to overtime and the Cowboys were lucky enough to win the toss with a chance to win. Despite more horrific penalties, Dallas was able to stay in it and make up for deficits.
The Cowboys eventually had a 3rd and 3 play from the Green Bay 35 — in other words, well within field goal range for Brett Maher. Prescott tried to throw a pass to Lamb, but it was incomplete. However, the replay showed that Jaire Alexander clearly hit Lamb well before the ball hit his hands. You can see the video below in Jon Machota’s tweet.
Cowboys lose OT thriller to Packers thanks to lack of discipline and questionable non-DPI call
Look. The Cowboys did this to themselves. We aren’t here to make excuses and say the refs made Dallas lose the game. However, in a play this big with a penalty this obvious, you have to make that call. Who knows what would have happened if the referees did?
So, then what? Send Maher out to kick the field goal on 4th and 3 right? Nope. They went for it. The play was a disaster. Prescott was nearly sacked and tried to get a ball out to Pollard that ended up incomplete.
If the Cowboys were going to go for it, why didn’t they run on 3rd and 3? Why didn’t they think a tie was better than a loss? Why were they willing to give Rodgers the ball with great field position? There are just so many questions.
Regardless, the ball went to the Packers who easily marched down the field to set up a no-brainer 28-yard field goal for Mason Crosby.
Yet again, the Packers take down the Cowboys. The ninth win in the last 11 visits. Dallas had the game in their hands and just couldn’t hold onto it. Rodgers gets it done against the Cowboys once again.