ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy dove over the goal line from 1 yard out with 1:15 left to play as Green Bay rallied to beat the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 Sunday evening at AT&T Stadium.
Green Bay rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit to upend the Cowboys.
Dallas falls to 7-7 with two games left. They play at Washington next Sunday then end the regular season at home against Philadelphia. The Eagles (8-6) lost at Minnesota Sunday and maintain a half-game lead over the Cowboys in the NFC East.
"It's a disappointing loss independent of what others do around the league," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "We didn't play well in the second half.
"We are in the same situation we were in when we woke up this morning. We got some help from Minnesota in the Philadelphia game."
Dan Bailey made five field goals, but it wasn't enough to hold off the hard-charging Packers. Bailey made field goals of 47, 23, 43, 50 and 50 yards
Tony Romo passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter.
"We still have to control what we want to get done," Romo said. "It's not fun for us to lose a football game.
"The ultimate is did you win or lose. No one cares how it ended. No one feels sorry for you."
Matt Flynn threw four touchdowns. Eddie Lacy rushed for 141 yards and the game-winning touchdown. The win tied the biggest comeback in franchise history.
"This is big for us. First of all, it keeps us in the hunt. Second of all, it just shows the character that these guys showed in this room. It is amazing," said Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, who led the team in tackles with nine and had the game-clinching fourth-quarter interception. "The one that I didn't get credit with (it was reversed after a review), I thought I caught.
"But the one I did get credited with, I never felt more sure about a catch in my life. I showed my emotions on the field about it. I didn't give the ref the ball back because I wanted them to take a look at it. I was able to get that done."
Dallas started strong with a 52-yard, eight-play drive to reach the Green Bay 30 where Dan Bailey's 47-yard field goal gave the Cowboys a 3-0 lead at the 10:56 mark. Dallas made four first downs on the drive, which took 4 minutes, 4 seconds.
Green Bay countered with a 41-yard drive, boosted by a 39-yard catch by James Jones, to tie the game. After a third-down sack by Orlando Scandrick, Mason Crosby made a 57-yard field goal to make it 3-3 at the 7:40 mark.
It didn't take long for Dallas to regain the lead.
The Cowboys, led by DeMarco Murray's 41-yard run, drove to the Green Bay 5 for Bailey's 23-yard field goal and a 6-3 lead with 4:52 left in the opening quarter.
Dallas made the first stop of the game, including negative plays of 4 and 6 yards plus a false start, to force a punt.
Taking over at their 35, Dallas quickly drove 65 yards for a touchdown and a 13-3 lead with 28 seconds left.
Tony Romo passed 15 yards to rookie Gavin Escobar then 9 yards to Murray. Murray ran 16 yards before Romo threw a 25-yard touchdown to Jason Witten. The drove took only 1:57.
Murray had 77 yards rushing out of the Cowboys' 192 total yards and eight first downs in the first quarter.
The game slowed down some with each team exchanging punts, before Dallas started another scoring drive.
Starting at its 27, Romo threw 20 yards to Miles Austin then 6 yards to Terrance Williams. After Murray's 6-yard run, Romo threw 13 yards to Witten at the Packers' 28. After Murray's 3-yard run and two incompletions, Bailey made a 43-yard field goal to stretch Dallas' lead to 16-3 with 5:54 left in the first half.
Four plays after the ensuing kickoff, Matt Flynn was intercepted by Sterling Moore, who returned the ball to the Packers' 20.
Three plays later, including a second-down sack on Romo, Bailey made a 50-yard field goal to make it 19-3 at the 3:45 mark. It was Bailey's fourth field goal of the first half.
Taking over with 2 minutes to go and with the aid of a 15-yard fair catch infraction on Green Bay, Dallas marched 75 yards in six plays with Murray scoring from 1-yard out to make it 26-3 with 24 seconds left.
Murray had 93 rushing yards at halftime as part of the Cowboys' 332 total yards. Green Bay had 132 total yards at the break.
Dallas linebacker Ernie Sims was injured on the last play of the first half.
"We have to go back and be unemotional as we can and go back and look at the tape," Garrett said. "We have to learn from and and get ready for the next challenge."
On the first play of the second half, Lacy ran 60 yards to the Cowboys 20. James Starks gained 5 and 3 on the next two carries. On third down, Flynn threw a touchdown to Jordy Nelson, who outjumped Orlando Scandrick for the ball. The drive covered 80 yards in only three plays using 1:52 to make it 26-10.
Dallas slowed the Packers' momentum with another field goal, Bailey's 50 yarder, to keep a 29-10 cushion with 6:33 left in the third quarter.
Slow was all it did.
Green Bay used 5:24 to cover 80 yards in 12 plays.
Flynn threw 3 yards to Andrew Quarless to make the score 29-17 with 1:09 left in the third quarter.
After a third-down sack on Romo, a punt and Michael Hyde's 26-yard return, Green Bay had first down at the Cowboys' 22.
Five plays later, Matt Flynn threw an 11-yard screen pass to James Starks for a touchdown as the Packers closed the gap to 29-24 with 12:47 left in the game.
Two plays after the kickoff, Romo was intercepted by Williams after the ball bounced off Witten's hands. The play was reviewed and reversed.
Facing third-and-5, Green Bay was flagged for offsides to keep the drive alive.
Eight plays later, Romo threw a 5-yard touchdown to Bryant, who made a leaping catch in a crowd near the back line to give Dallas a 36-24 lead at the 7:55 mark.
The touchdown capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive that included a reverse call on an interception, and encroachment flag against Green Bay, a holding penalty on Bryant and a facemask penalty on the Packers.
Green Bay wouldn't go away.
They answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive. Flynn threw 3 yards to James Jones for the score to make it 36-31 with 4:17 left to play.
Five plays later, Romo was intercepted by Sam Shields at midfield with 2:50 left in the game.
The plan was to run the ball and make the Packers use their timeouts, according to Garrett. Instead, on a second-and-6 play at the Cowboys' 35, Romo threw the ball toward Miles Austin while under pressure and Shields made the interception at midfield.
"It's a run call. That specific time, we should have run the ball," Romo said. "It's tough. They overloaded the side we were going to run the ball to. It's my fault putting the ball in position for the defense to make a play."
Green Bay only 1:15 to take the lead after Lacy dove over from the 1 with 1:31 left in the game.
The Packers went for 2, but Flynn threw incomplete to Quarless, who was defended by Jeff Heath, leaving the score at 37-36.
Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Romo was intercepted by Williams with 1:22 left to play. On first down, Romo threw 9 yards to Beasley. On second down, Williams intercepted Romo on a similar play intended for Beasley. Beasley stopped on the route and Romo threw outside.
"I saw the cornerback and throttled down a little bit. I don't have the option to do that on that play. It was my fault," Beasley said. "I should have kept going."
Green Bay ran out the clock to seal the win.
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