While there may have been a controversial call that would have determined the fate of the game last Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys played and won over the Detroit Lions, the Cowboys lacked that same luck this past Sunday in Green Bay. The Green Bay Packers were able to make a winning comeback over the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. It was not, however, until another controversial call was made, this time against the Cowboys. This may have led to the same winning ending as occurred last weekend. This time, it was not in their favor. Green Bay may have stolen that referee-luck away from the Cowboys. The final score was 26-21 and Green Bay will head to Seattle to play the Seahawks for the NFC Division Title Game.
The entire game was arguably in Dallas’ favor, and Tony Romo seemed to have made all the right decisions in finding his receivers. The Cowboys were leading at the half 14-10, but Green Bay’s kicker, Mason Crosby was able to hit a 30 yard field goal to bring the Packers down by only one. With 4:12 left in the third quarter, the Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray ran the ball one yard into the end zone and was also followed by an extra point by kicker, Dan Bailey. The Cowboys, at this point, had a solid lead over the Green Bay Packers with a score of 21-13.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers responded with 1:41 left in the third quarter, and was able to find his receiver, Davante Adams. Adams received a short pass from Rodgers and ran the ball 46 yards for a touchdown. Crosby was able to kick an extra point to cut the Cowboys’ eight-point lead back to just one point at 21-20.
Rodgers and his offense drove the ball down 80 yards and for the first time since the early minutes in the first quarter, had taken the lead in just eight plays. Rodgers found backup tight end Richard Rodgers in the end zone and passed 13 yards for a touchdown. Wanting to seal the lead, a two-point pass conversion was attempted, but ultimately failed, and gave Dallas a little hope to make one more game-winning play within the next nine minutes.
On fourth-and-two with a little over four minutes left to play, Romo threw the ball 31 yards to receiver and Cowboy-favorite, Dez Bryant, who has a reputation of making plays when needed. What seemed to have been a remarkable catch over Green Bay’s cornerback Sam Shields, was taken back. It should have brought the Cowboys down to the one-yard line and would have given Dallas four more plays to score a touchdown, and possibly have also given them the lead. Shortly after Bryant’s catch, Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play. The official then overturned the ruling of the catch. After video review, it was confirmed that Bryant did not maintain control of the football throughout the entirety of the play, therefore giving the ball back to Green Bay.
The Green Bay Packers then ran the clock, won the game, and became undefeated at home this season. They will head over to Seattle to play the Seahawks for the NFC Division Title. Many may think that it was karma for the Cowboys to lose the game this weekend after last week’s questionable pass-interference call was reversed with no explanation. Despite this, Green Bay may not have needed to take that controversial referee-luck away from Dallas this week to ultimately bring them one win away from being Super Bowl bound.
Commentary By Tricia Manalansan
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