Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Quick-hit Green Bay Packers postgame: FROM EMBARRASSMENT TO ECSTASY!


 

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!!!???

With Matt Flynn going from all-chump to all-world in a matter of minutes, he helped lead the Green Bay Packers to an improbable comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys today, 37-36, after being down 23 points at halftime (see below).

Tramon Williams, whose near interception just at the start of the fourth quarter could have turned the game for the Packers, came back to pick off Tony Romo with less than 1:30 left – probably the interception of the decade.

“We just stayed the course,” head coach Mike McCarthy, whose leadership has been questioned this season. he said that the team took it “one series at a time, one play at a time.” He credited the defense for making the plays and getting the stops when needed.

“I told them at halftime that we need to go back to the beginning. We wanted to stretch this thing and take it to the last play of the fourth quarter.”

Indeed they did.

Leading the team was Flynn, whose consistency kept the team on track.

“Matt Flynn is so, so steady and stays the course. He worked through that tough second quarter … the guy never blinks …”

But his play and Williams’ big plays weren’t to be outdone by Sam Shields‘ interception of Romo with about 3:30 left in the game that led to the Packers go-ahead score. Eddie Lacy dived into the end zone with 1:30 left in the game to give the Packers the one-point lead. The Packers went for the two-point conversion, but the pass to Andrew Quarless went incomplete.

Flynn finished 26-39 for 299 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 INT. All four of his TD passes came in the second half.

Next we can go to Eddie Lacy who rushed 21 times for 141 yards, and 1 TD. His 60-yard burst on the first play of the second half set a tone for the Packers comeback.

The defense, like last week, came alive once again in the second half, playing like their season was on the edge of being gone. The improbable effort by the Packers and Flynn caps off two straight one-point victories led by the backup quarterback that nobody wanted this season.

Mike McCarthy said that this was the best regular season win that he’s been a part of.

“There’s a lot of emotion in this room … the guys stayed the course,” McCarthy said.

See the first half update that was written by yours truly … caution: there’s a lot of gloom and doom.

That is followed by game statistics.

Enjoy this one, Packers fans. They don’t come around like this too often.

guys stayed the course.

 

First half lowlights

An inept offense and a soft and leaky defense ruled the first half for the Green Bay Packers as they once again let the opposition, this time the Dallas Cowboys, run through and pass over them as both teams hit the locker room with a 26-3 Cowboys lead.

And it could have been a lot worse.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo had all day to throw and was only sacked once as the Cowboys had no difficulty in rolling up and down the field. In all, the Cowboys had more than 300 yards of total offense against the Packers, whose offense tallied right 1032 yards. Matt Flynn was unsteady once again, showing that he is far from an NFL quarterback. He completed 10-17  for 114 yards, 34 of which came on the last play of the first half.

How bad does it get for the Packers? Well, this game is shaping up to be another showing similar to that turned in by the Packers on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit. It’s probably a good thing that Aaron Rodger sat once again for Green Bay. Even Rodgers wouldn’t have been enough in this game as it was once again the defense that has led the way in poor play. Yes, the offense has been terrible, but when the defense can’t get off the field and forced only one punt by the Cowboys, it’s pretty evident which team was going to score the most points.

What do the Packers do at halftime to try to overcome this deficit.

We’ll see … stay tuned.

 

Game statistics courtesy of SI.com

 

  • Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Dal CowboysDan Bailey 47 yd FG, 10:56 Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards in 4:04
Dallas 3-0
GB PackersMason Crosby 57 yd FG, 7:40 Drive: 6 plays, 41 yards in 3:16
Tied 3-3
Dal CowboysDan Bailey 23 yd FG, 4:52 Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards in 2:48
Dallas 6-3
Dal CowboysJason Witten 25 yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 0:28 Drive: 4 plays, 65 yards in 1:57
Dallas 13-3

2nd Quarter

Dal CowboysDan Bailey 43 yd FG, 5:54 Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards in 3:26
Dallas 16-3
Dal CowboysDan Bailey 50 yd FG, 3:45 Drive: 4 plays, -11 yard in 0:53
Dallas 19-3
Dal CowboysDeMarco Murray 1 yd run (Dan Bailey kick), 0:24 Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards in 1:35
Dallas 26-3

3rd Quarter

GB PackersJordy Nelson 13 yd pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick), 13:08 Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards in 1:52
Dallas 26-10
Dal CowboysDan Bailey 50 yd FG, 6:33 Drive: 11 plays, 48 yards in 6:35
Dallas 29-10
GB PackersAndrew Quarless 3 yd pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick), 1:09 Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 5:24
Dallas 29-17

4th Quarter

GB PackersJames Starks 11 yd pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick), 12:47 Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards in 2:14
Dallas 29-24
Dal CowboysDez Bryant 5 yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 7:55 Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 4:52
Dallas 36-24
GB PackersJames Jones 3 yd pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick), 4:17 Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 3:38
Dallas 36-31
GB PackersEddie Lacy 1 yd run (failed 2pt Pass from Matt Flynn), 1:31 Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards in 1:15
Green Bay 37-36

Packers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Flynn 26/39 299 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Lacy 21 141 1 60
Starks 3 12 0 5
Flynn 3 -3 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Boykin 6 83 0 27
Quarless 6 66 1 22
Nelson 5 61 1 21
Lacy 4 30 0 34
Jones 3 49 1 39
Starks 1 11 1 11
Kuhn 1 -1 0 -1

Cowboys

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Romo 29/48 358 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Murray 18 134 1 41
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Bryant 11 153 1 37
Witten 4 71 1 27
Williams 4 46 0 27
Murray 4 19 0 10
Beasley 3 19 0 9
Austin 2 35 0 20
Escobar 1 15 0 15

Packers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Flynn 26/39 299 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Lacy 21 141 1 60
Starks 3 12 0 5
Flynn 3 -3 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Boykin 6 83 0 27
Quarless 6 66 1 22
Nelson 5 61 1 21
Lacy 4 30 0 34
Jones 3 49 1 39
Starks 1 11 1 11
Kuhn 1 -1 0 -1
Interceptions NO YDS LG TD
Williams 1 0 0 0
Shields 1 -5 -5 0
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Williams 8 1 0
Hyde 4 1 0
Burnett 4 2 0
Jones 3 3 0
Shields 5 0 0
Boyd 3 0 0
Hawk 2 1 0
Daniels 2 0 1
Bush 1 0 0
Pickett 2 0 0
Neal 1 1 1
Jennings 1 1 0
Matthews 0 2 0.5
Jones 0 2 0.5
Richardson 1 0 0
Raji 0 1 0

Cowboys

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Romo 29/48 358 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Murray 18 134 1 41
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Bryant 11 153 1 37
Witten 4 71 1 27
Williams 4 46 0 27
Murray 4 19 0 10
Beasley 3 19 0 9
Austin 2 35 0 20
Escobar 1 15 0 15
Interceptions NO YDS LG TD
Moore 1 21 21 0
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Church 8 3 0
Selvie 5 1 1
Scandrick 4 2 1
Carr 4 2 0
Heath 4 0 0
Holloman 2 2 0
Lawrence 2 0 0
Sims 2 1 0
Wilber 2 1 0
Hayden 1 2 0
Wynn 1 1 0
Wilcox 1 1 0
Brown 1 1 0
Moore 1 0 0
Durant 1 0 0
Irvin 1 0 0
Ware 0 1 0

Packers

 

FIRST DOWNS 26
Rushing 8
Passing 16
Penalty 2
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 54%
(7 for 13)
Third Down Made 7
Third Down Attempt 13
Third Down Percentage 54
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0%
(0 for 0)
Fourth Down Made 0
Fourth Down Attempt 0
Fourth Down Percentage 0
TOTAL NET YARDS 433
Total Offensive Plays 68
Average gain per play 6.4
NET YARDS RUSHING 150
Rushing Attempts 27
Average gain per rush 5.6
Tackles for loss-yards 0
NET YARDS PASSING 283
Times sacked: Number-Yards 2-16
Times sacked 2
Sacked Number Yards 16
Gross Yards Passing 299
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED 39-26-1
Avg gain per pass play 6.9
Completions 26
Attempts 39
Had intercepted 1
PUNTS NUMBER AND AVERAGE 4-49.3
Had Blocked 0
Number 4
Yards 197
Average 49.3
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (NOT INCLUDING KICKOFFS) 21
Punt Return Attempts 1
Punt Return Yards 26
Kickoff Return Attempts 0
Kickoff Return Yards 0
Interception Return Attempts 2
Interception Return Yards -5
PENALTIES NUMBER-YARDS 7-59
Penalties 7
Penalty Yards 59
FUMBLES NUMBER-LOST 0-0
Fumbles 0
Fumbles Lost 0
TIME OF POSSESSION 28:20

Cowboys

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Romo 29/48 358 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Murray 18 134 1 41
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Bryant 11 153 1 37
Witten 4 71 1 27
Williams 4 46 0 27
Murray 4 19 0 10
Beasley 3 19 0 9
Austin 2 35 0 20
Escobar 1 15 0 15
Interceptions NO YDS LG TD
Moore 1 21 21 0
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Church 8 3 0
Selvie 5 1 1
Scandrick 4 2 1
Carr 4 2 0
Heath 4 0 0
Holloman 2 2 0
Lawrence 2 0 0
Sims 2 1 0
Wilber 2 1 0
Hayden 1 2 0
Wynn 1 1 0
Wilcox 1 1 0
Brown 1 1 0
Moore 1 0 0
Durant 1 0 0
Irvin 1 0 0
Ware 0 1 0
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
Williams 2 23 0 24
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
Beasley 1 7 0 7
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Bailey 5/5 50 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN 20 LG
Jones 2 51.5 0 57
FIRST DOWNS 27
Rushing 6
Passing 17
Penalty 4
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 22%
(2 for 9)
Third Down Made 2
Third Down Attempt 9
Third Down Percentage 22
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0%
(0 for 0)
Fourth Down Made 0
Fourth Down Attempt 0
Fourth Down Percentage 0
TOTAL NET YARDS 466
Total Offensive Plays 69
Average gain per play 6.8
NET YARDS RUSHING 134
Rushing Attempts 18
Average gain per rush 7.4
Tackles for loss-yards 0
NET YARDS PASSING 332
Times sacked: Number-Yards 3-26
Times sacked 3
Sacked Number Yards 26
Gross Yards Passing 358
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED 48-29-2
Avg gain per pass play 6.5
Completions 29
Attempts 48
Had intercepted 2
PUNTS NUMBER AND AVERAGE 2-51.5
Had Blocked 0
Number 2
Yards 103
Average 51.5
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (NOT INCLUDING KICKOFFS) 74
Punt Return Attempts 1
Punt Return Yards 7
Kickoff Return Attempts 2
Kickoff Return Yards 46
Interception Return Attempts 1
Interception Return Yards 21
PENALTIES NUMBER-YARDS 7-79
Penalties 7
Penalty Yards 79
FUMBLES NUMBER-LOST 0-0
Fumbles 0
Fumbles Lost 0
TIME OF POSSESSION 31:40

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