Sunday, December 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers
By Rob Demovsky
ARLINGTON, Texas – A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers’ 37-36 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium:
What it means: One of the more unlikely comebacks in franchise history saved the Packers’ season. They scored five touchdowns on their first five second-half possessions to erase a 26-3 halftime deficit. The unlikely victory kept their season alive. At 7-6-1, they trail the first-place Chicago Bears by a half-game with two remaining. The Detroit Lions could move into a tie with the Bears if they beat Baltimore on "Monday Night Football." But make no mistake, with two games remaining, there is still much at stake.
Stock watch: So much for Eddie Lacy’s bum ankle. A week after spraining his right ankle against Atlanta, Lacy looked like his usual self. He ran with power and speed, the latter of which was evident on his 60-yard run on the first play of the second half. Needing 113 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, Lacy hit that mark with a 10-yard gain in the fourth quarter. He finished with 141 yards on 21 carries, including the game-winning 1-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining.
Overturned, twice: The Packers thought they had a game-changing interception with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter when cornerback Tramon Williams appeared to pick off a Tony Romo pass intended for tight end Jason Witten, but replay overturned it. Williams finally got that interception with 1:20 left in the game. That one was initially ruled incomplete, but a booth replay review changed it, icing the game.
Injury updates: The Packers lost defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (shoulder) in the first half and tight end Brandon Bostick (foot) in the second half. Neither returned to the game.
What’s next: The Packers play their final regular-season home game next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have a 2-1 record against the AFC North, but all three of those games were before Aaron Rodgers got hurt.