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Packers hang on to beat Dallas 34-24

A shorthanded Packers team marched into Dallas and took down one of the NFC’s best teams, 34-24.

The day belonged to Aaron Jones, who scored a career high, and franchise tying four rushing touchdowns.  It was a performance the Packers sorely needed with no Davante Adams.

The defense also found the ball once again, picking off Dak Prescott three times. But they struggled to stop the Dallas offense, giving up more than 500 yards of offense–most of it through the air.

After a sluggish start on offense, the Packers were given a jolt by their defense.  A throw behind Amari Cooper went off his hands and was picked off by Jaire Alexander.

Aaron Rodgers and company took advantage. Aaron Jones scored on an 18-yard run that capped off a five play, 47 yard drive.

A Za’Darius Smith sack forced Dallas out of field goal range on the Cowboys next possession, forcing a punt.

Again the offense moved the ball well, highlighted by a 23 yard strike to tight end Robert Tonyan down the sideline.  Jones once again found the endzone to cap off a nine play, 89 yard scoring drive to put the Packers up 14-0 on the road.

Dak Prescott was once again picked off on the next Cowboys possession, this time by Chandon Sullivan, but the Packers were unable to capitalize and had to punt.

Preston Smith sacked Prescott on the next Cowboys possession to force a punt.  The Packers drove to the one, where the drive stalled. Mason Crosby kicked a 20 yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-0.

The Cowboys had a chance to put points on the board, but Brett Maher’s attempt from 54 yards went left.

It was more of the same for the Packers to start the second half.  They marched 58 yards, and once again it was Aaron Jones who scored on a five yard rush to push the lead to 24-0.

After a Dallas field goal, the Packers went 79 yards in four plays, and for the fourth time on the day, Jones scored, extending his career high TD total, and tying a Packers franchise record.

But the Cowboys found some life at the end of the third quarter. Prescott hit Michael Gallup for 40 yards to make it a 31-10 game.

Then early in the fourth, the Cowboys struck again, capping off a long drive with a 2-yard Ezekiel Elliot touchdown. That made it just a 14 point Packer lead.

But Prescott gave it away again–an errant pass picked off by Kevin King was Prescott’s third of the day.  That lead to a 38-yard field goal from Crosby to make it 34-17.

Dallas wasted no time answering. Prescott found Amari Cooper for a 54 yard touchdown that took just 21 seconds off the clock.  That made it 34-24.

Dallas was threatening again, but a missed Brett Maher field goal sealed the win for the Packers, who now improve to 4-1 on the season.

Brad Hanson

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