The Dallas Cowboys were cruising along to what looked like another victory late in their Week 10 matchup with the Green Bay Packers. Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy looked like he would exact some revenge against his old team, the first time he had been to Lambeau Field since being fired after Week 13 in 2018.
After some early hiccups, Dallas looked to stabilize things heading into halftime. Dak Prescott threw a touchdown to tight end Dalton Schultz to tie the game up before halftime and the Cowboys kept that momentum rolling through the third quarter.
They would score two touchdowns in the third quarter, taking a 28-14 lead into the fourth quarter. Usually, that would all but guarantee a victory for the Cowboys, who have an offense rounding into shape paired with one of the best defenses in the NFL.
According to CBS Sports, they were 195-0 when heading into the fourth quarter winning by 14+ points. Well, that zero is now a one, as the Cowboys blew that lead to the Packers in regulation before losing in overtime, 31-28.
That was a collapse of epic proportions by the Cowboys as they fell apart in every facet of the game. McCarthy took a huge risk going for it on fourth down instead of attempting a field goal or punting in overtime, giving the ball to Aaron Rodgers with prime field position. He took full advantage, hitting Allen Lazard on a slant that set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning kick.
The offense went ice-cold after the third-quarter touchdowns. Dallas had four more drives in the game and they gained a grand total of 87 yards. Their normally stout defense was picked apart by Rodgers, who developed chemistry on the fly with rookie Christian Watson after he slowed up on a deep pass that could have gone for a touchdown.
It wasn’t the first time Watson had a lapse, as he also dropped Rodgers’ first pass of the season which would have gone for a 75-yard touchdown. But, he more than made up for it against the Cowboys, catching three touchdown passes, and finishing the game with four receptions for 107 yards.
Dallas is left scratching their heads after that defeat while the Packers’ season has new life at 4-6. It will be a tall mountain to climb, but Green Bay saved their season with the come-from-behind victory over the Cowboys.