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Green Bay
Packers
34
Sun Jan. 15
4:40P
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4th
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Cowboys
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Half Mary? Clutch Rodgers leads Packers past Cowboys 34-31

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) This time it was a catch, and another win for the Green Bay Packers.

Call it a ''Half Mary'' from Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a huge Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday.

The throw on the run from Rodgers to Cook on third-and-20 with 12 seconds left - confirmed on review - wasn't nearly as debatable as Dez Bryant's famous catch that wasn't in the Cowboys' divisional round loss to Green Bay (12-6) two years ago.

Cook, who led Green Bay with 104 yards receiving, kept both feet inbounds with a knee just above the ground out of bounds.

And it came after the Cowboys tied the game twice in the final 5 minutes behind rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their playoff debut.

It was the third field goal of more than 50 yards in the final 1:33 - two from Crosby and one from Dallas' Dan Bailey. And Crosby had to make the winner twice after Dallas coach Jason Garrett called timeout before the first attempt.

Rodgers, who sparked last week's wild-card win over the New York Giants with another Hail Mary before halftime, is headed to an MVP showdown with Atlanta's Matt Ryan next Sunday. It will be his third NFC title game - all on the road.

''Unbelievable effort. I mean, what a game, what a game,'' said Rodgers, who threw for 356 yards with two touchdowns. ''We're going to celebrate this and move on to Atlanta. We're just going to enjoy this right now.''

Green Bay's win was the first by a road team after 12 straight home victories in the playoffs dating to last season. The Packers were the previous road team to win - over Washington in last season's wild-card round.

The Cowboys (13-4) almost became the third team in the Super Bowl era to win in the playoffs after trailing by 15 points in the fourth quarter. The first was Dallas in 1972, when ''Captain Comeback'', Roger Staubach, rallied the Cowboys for a 30-28 win over San Francisco.

Instead, top-seeded Dallas ended up with its fifth straight loss in the divisional round and a 21-year drought in trips to the NFC championship game.

Prescott, whose 11-game winning streak during the regular season sent Tony Romo to the bench when he was ready to return from a back injury, rallied the Cowboys in a way that probably made Dallas' 10-year starter proud.

The fourth-round pick, who was supposed to be the No. 3 quarterback before injuries changed everything, got Dallas' rally going with a 40-yard touchdown toss in the first half to Bryant, the first playoff TD for the star receiver.

Then he set the stage for the first tying score on a 6-yarder to Jason Witten, also the first postseason touchdown for the 14th-year tight end.

Rodgers led the Packers to a go-ahead 56-yard field goal from Crosby with a big boost on a pass interference penalty against rookie Anthony Brown that wiped out an interception from Jeff Heath, whose pick earlier in the game helped Dallas rally.

The Cowboys answered with a 52-yarder from Bailey.

Prescott threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and Elliott had 125 yards rushing.

Rodgers didn't seem to miss receiver Jordy Nelson, out with a rib injury sustained in the win over the Giants.

Rodgers found six different receivers, including a 34-yard touchdown to Richard Rodgers that was his longest since catching one of three successful Hail Mary passes from Aaron Rodgers in the past 13 months.

SAY AGAIN?

The Cowboys had a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that doesn't happen often. Dallas had a first down wiped out by the penalty against receiver Brice Butler, who wasn't even part of the play. And that was actually the issue.

Referee Tony Corrente threw the flag immediately after the snap. After Terrance Williams made a catch the referee announced that Butler was penalized for going into the offensive huddle and then leaving the field.

There was even more confusion when the penalty was initially marked off only 5 yards. After Packers coach Mike McCarthy pointed it out, Corrente announced the correction and the ball was moved back another 10 yards. The Cowboys punted soon after.

UP NEXT

Packers: At Atlanta in the NFC championship game next Sunday.

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Key Players
A. Rodgers 12 QB
355 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
D. Prescott 4 QB
302 YDs, 3 TDs, 1 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
M.Crosby 51 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-B.Goode, Holder-J.Schum.
6
plays
43
yds
0:35
pos
34
31
Field Goal 0:35
D.Bailey 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
6
plays
42
yds
0:58
pos
31
31
Field Goal 1:33
M.Crosby 56 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-B.Goode, Holder-J.Schum.
8
plays
37
yds
2:35
pos
31
28
Two Point Conversion 4:08
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. D.Prescott rushes up the middle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
28
28
Touchdown 4:08
D.Prescott pass short middle to D.Bryant for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
80
yds
5:06
pos
28
26
Point After TD 11:39
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
28
20
Touchdown 11:39
D.Prescott pass short middle to J.Witten for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
59
yds
5:40
pos
28
19
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:25
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Goode, Holder-J.Schum. Injury update: Morgan Burnett has been ruled "out" for the remainder of the game with a quad injury.
plays
yds
pos
28
13
Touchdown 11:25
A.Rodgers pass short right to J.Cook for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:35
pos
27
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:00
D.Bailey 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
10
plays
36
yds
3:55
pos
21
13
Point After TD 6:03
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones. Dallas's Damien Wilson has an ankle injury; he may return.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 6:03
D.Prescott pass deep left to D.Bryant for 40 yards, TOUCHDOWN [J.Thomas]. Pass complete on a "go" pattern.
4
plays
75
yds
1:34
pos
21
9
Point After TD 7:37
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Goode, Holder-J.Schum.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 7:37
T.Montgomery left tackle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. GB-D.Bakhtiari was injured during the play. His return is Questionable.
9
plays
80
yds
5:24
pos
20
3
Point After TD 14:05
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Goode, Holder-J.Schum.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 14:05
T.Montgomery left guard for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
90
yds
5:47
pos
13
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:58
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Goode, Holder-J.Schum.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 8:58
A.Rodgers pass deep left to R.Rodgers for 34 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on DAL-D.Irving, Defensive Offside, declined.
5
plays
75
yds
2:25
pos
6
3
Field Goal 11:23
D.Bailey 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
8
plays
43
yds
3:37
pos
0
3
Time of Pos 29:46 30:14
1st Downs 27 25
Rushing 6 7
Passing 18 16
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 6-11 6-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 414 429
Total Plays 63 64
Avg Gain 6.6 6.7
Net Yards Rushing 87 138
Rush Attempts 17 24
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 5.8
Net Yards Passing 327 291
Comp. - Att. 28-43 24-38
Yards Per Pass 7.6 7.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-29 2-11
Penalties - Yards 3-22 6-50
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 3-54.7 2-47.5
Return Yards 36 35
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-8
Kickoffs - Returns 2-18 0-0
Int. - Returns 1-18 1-27
Kicking 6/6 5/5
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 3-3 -100% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 3-3 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Packers 11-67147634
Cowboys 13-431001831
DAL -5.0, o53.0
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
327 PASS YDS 291
87 RUSH YDS 138
414 TOTAL YDS 429
Packers
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
25
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.1% 355 2 1 96.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 4783 42 8 103.7
A. Rodgers 28/43 355 2 1 25
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Montgomery 88 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 47 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
88 504 5
T. Montgomery 11 47 2 15 19
A. Ripkowski 22 FB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 174 2
A. Ripkowski 4 24 0 20 2
A. Rodgers 12 QB
25
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 385 4
A. Rodgers 2 16 0 11 25
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Cook 89 TE
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 6 103 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 36 480 2
J. Cook 11 6 103 1 35 16
D. Adams 17 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 76 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 80 1073 12
D. Adams 10 5 76 0 32 7
R. Cobb 18 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 62 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 67 672 4
R. Cobb 8 7 62 0 25 6
G. Allison 81 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 15 248 2
G. Allison 5 3 46 0 26 4
R. Rodgers 82 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 34 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 31 305 3
R. Rodgers 2 1 34 1 34 9
T. Montgomery 88 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 50 382 0
T. Montgomery 7 6 34 0 17 19
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Brice 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-5 0 0.0
K. Brice 6-1 0.0 0 0
L. Gunter 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-4 0 0.0
L. Gunter 5-0 0.0 0 0
D. Randall 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-5 3 0.0
D. Randall 5-1 0.0 0 0
H. Clinton-Dix 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
66-18 5 0.5
H. Clinton-Dix 4-0 0.0 0 0
N. Perry 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-17 1 12.0
N. Perry 4-0 1.0 0 0
M. Hyde 33 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-11 4 2.0
M. Hyde 4-0 1.0 1 0
K. Clark 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-9 0 0.0
K. Clark 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Ryan 47 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-26 0 0.0
J. Ryan 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 95 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-5 0 1.0
D. Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Daniels 76 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-9 0 4.0
M. Daniels 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Hawkins 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
J. Hawkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Burnett 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
71-25 2 3.0
M. Burnett 1-2 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-4 0 5.0
C. Matthews 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Montgomery 88 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Montgomery 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Thomas 48 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-16 1 0.0
J. Thomas 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Tripp 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Tripp 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 0 7.5
J. Peppers 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
28/32 48/51
M. Crosby 2/2 56 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Schum 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 54.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
59 43.8 19
J. Schum 3 54.7 0 66
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Michael 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 16.4 30 0
C. Michael 2 9.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Cowboys
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
31
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 302 3 1 103.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 3969 26 5 104.8
D. Prescott 24/38 302 3 1 31
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 125 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
344 1756 15
E. Elliott 22 125 0 22 12
D. Prescott 4 QB
31
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 295 6
D. Prescott 2 13 0 9 31
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Bryant 88 WR
25
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 9 132 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 59 928 10
D. Bryant 12 9 132 2 40 25
T. Williams 83 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 48 662 4
T. Williams 6 4 68 0 24 6
J. Witten 82 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 59 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 75 732 4
J. Witten 9 6 59 1 15 11
C. Beasley 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 79 878 5
C. Beasley 6 4 45 0 18 4
B. Butler 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 16 219 3
B. Butler 3 0 0 0 0 0
E. Elliott 21 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
0 33 361 1
E. Elliott 1 1 -2 0 -2 12
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
S. Lee 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
99-54 0 0.0
S. Lee 6-2 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
78-15 1 0.0
B. Jones 5-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hitchens 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-42 0 1.5
A. Hitchens 4-3 0.0 0 0
M. Claiborne 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-2 1 0.0
M. Claiborne 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. Carr 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-8 1 0.0
B. Carr 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-7 2 1.0
J. Heath 3-0 1.0 1 0
O. Scandrick 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-7 1 3.0
O. Scandrick 3-0 1.0 0 0
B. Church 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-26 2 1.0
B. Church 2-2 1.0 0 0
J. Wilcox 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-12 1 0.0
J. Wilcox 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 1.0
D. Lawrence 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Bryant 88 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Bryant 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-15 1 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-7 0 0.5
D. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mayowa 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-10 0 6.0
B. Mayowa 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Wilber 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
K. Wilber 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Irving 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 4.0
D. Irving 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-13 0 4.5
T. Crawford 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Crawford 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-13 0 3.5
J. Crawford 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
30/35 48/48
D. Bailey 3/3 52 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 47.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
60 45.9 26
C. Jones 2 47.5 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beasley 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 2.8 8 0
C. Beasley 1 8.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:23 GB 25 2:25 5 75 TD
4:52 GB 10 5:47 13 90 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 GB 20 5:24 9 80 TD
6:03 GB 6 1:08 3 1 Punt
1:00 GB 25 1:00 3 -9 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 25 3:35 6 75 TD
7:11 GB 39 4:52 8 23 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:39 GB 20 2:25 4 14 Punt
4:08 GB 25 2:35 8 37 Field Goal
0:35 GB 25 0:35 6 43 Field Goal
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 3:37 8 43 Field Goal
8:58 DAL 25 4:06 7 23 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:05 DAL 25 1:04 3 2 Punt
7:37 DAL 25 1:34 4 75 TD
4:55 DAL 49 3:55 10 36 Field Goal
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:25 DAL 25 4:14 8 56 INT
2:19 DAL 41 5:40 10 59 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:14 DAL 20 5:06 11 80 TD
1:33 DAL 25 0:58 6 42 Field Goal