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Turning Points for the Green Bay Packers Victory Over the Cowboys

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We’re BAAAAaaaack… should be the next famous Aaron Rodgers soundbite after a come-from-behind win yesterday for the Green Bay Packers.

It couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Packers were reeling to the tune of five straight losses. This time last week, they were a game outta last place in the conference – but now – they’re one win behind the San Francisco 49ers in the race for a playoff berth.

Not only does the win keep the Green Bay Packers in the hunt but it breathes life into a team that was desperate… that we had all but written off.

There’s work to be done but for the first time since this losing streak started, there’s hope for this season.

Let’s talk about how the Packers got their fourth win of the season.

Turning Point #1: The First Watson TD

The Green Bay Packers were moving the ball. Just one and a half quarters into the game, they were already nearing 100 yards on the ground. But the passing game was a different story. Aaron Rodgers was 3 of 5 for just 15 yards. This opened the backend of the Cowboys’ defense.

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The Green Bay Packers bunched it tight to the left side of the formation. Rookie speedster Christian Watson was in single-man on the right, with just one safety over the top.

Given the way that the Packers had been pounding the rock and their inability to move the ball through the air, it was no surprise that the Cowboys rolled up a safety into a box that was already stacked against the run.

Play action was the call on an inside zone to AJ Dillon. The big back quickly abandoned the run-fake in favor of protecting QB1. He got just enough of Osa Odighizuwa to allow Rodgers to complete his release.

Safety net, Malik Hooker, bit on the fake. Anthony Brown – aligned in Watson’s face – leaned too heavily on his outside leverage. Those two mistakes in concert led to a clear path to the endzone for Christian Watson.

Rodgers launched it 50 yards in the air and put it on the damn money.

After Brown misplayed the coverage, he also misplayed the catch point and was consequentially injured.

Christian Watson had finally recorded his first touchdown reception. This one gives us hope for the future.

Packers: 7   Cowboys: 7

 

Turning Point #2: The Third Watson TD

This one tied the game at 28 with just 2:28 remaining in regulation.

The Packers fell behind 28-14 after the Cowboys netted two third-quarter TDs. Rodgers connected with Watson again for his second career receiving touchdown – that one for 39 yards. But there was still more work to be done.

AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones pushed piles for 63 yards on the drive, setting the stage for a 1st & goal opportunity from the Cowboys 7-yardline.

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Speed kills.

Watson aligns in front of Allen Lazard in a bunch to the right of the formation. He changes direction at the snap and gets into his drag in a hurry. He’s gets ahead of the rhythm of the hook-drop and also beats his man coverage against Jayron Kearse.

He’s wide-open. Touchdown number 3. Tied game.

Packers: 28   Cowboys: 28

 

Turning Point #3: The Fourth Down Stop

After winning the OT coin toss, the Cowboys started driving down the field. They were picking up big chunks on the ground but some penalties and incompletions setup a fourth-down at the Packers’ 35-yardline.

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Joe Barry brings just four on the rush… but its enough. All of Jarran Reed, Kenny Clark and Preston Smith collapse the pocket around Dak Prescott.

Under pressure and on the move, Prescott barely gets rid of the ball as Reed drags him to the ground. Its a short dump-off to Tony Pollard near the sticks that would play like a layup in any other situation.

But the pressure gets to Dak and the toss is high and nearly unplayable.

Ball goes to the Green Bay Packers.

They took advantage, notching multiple big plays all the way down to the Cowboys’ 7-yardline. A quick kneel in the middle of the field setup a 28-yard field goal attempt, which veteran Mason Crosby pumped through uprights.

GAME

Packers: 31   Cowboys: 28

 

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