DALLAS – The Packers scored to open the third quarter and took a 28-13 lead into the fourth as both teams traded interceptions in Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
The Packers began the second half with a 25-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb to midfield. On third-and-3, QB Aaron Rodgers found WR Davante Adams for 14 yards to the Dallas 29. Rodgers then hit TE Jared Cook for 26 yards to make it first-and-goal from the 3, and Rodgers found Cook again on play-action for the touchdown. K Mason Crosby’s PAT pushed the Packers’ lead to 28-13 with 11:25 left in the quarter.
RB Ezekiel Elliott got the Cowboys’ next drive started with a 22-yard run up the middle, and QB Dak Prescott barely avoided a sack by LB Nick Perry in completing a 12-yard pass to TE Jason Witten. A deep ball for WR Terrance Williams was nearly picked off by S Kentrell Brice, and Prescott scrambled for a first down on third-and-5. Elliott ran 9 yards to the Green Bay 19, but DB Micah Hyde stepped in front of a screen to WR Cole Beasley, and the Packers got the ball back.
Hyde’s INT return was to the Green Bay 39, and the Packers got to midfield on a third-down pass to RB Ty Montgomery. Rodgers then scrambled up the middle for 11 yards and another first down. But on third-and-8 from the Dallas 38, Cowboys S Jeff Heath cut in front of WR Davante Adams on a go route and intercepted Rodgers. It was Rodgers’ first INT since the Tennessee game back in November. It ended a streak of 318 pass attempts without a pick.
Heath returned the pick to the Dallas 41 with 2:19 left in the quarter. A holding penalty on Cowboys RT Doug Free on first down pushed Dallas back, and Packers DT Kenny Clark brought down Elliott for a loss of 2 on a screen pass. But Prescott found WR Dez Bryant for 19 yards to set up third-and-2, and Bryant caught another one for 10 yards and a first down on the final play of the quarter.