GREEN BAY – Two Green Bay turnovers in the third quarter prevented the Packers from getting back into the game, but Dallas QB Dak Prescott’s first career interception with 20 seconds left in the quarter gave the Packers life as the Cowboys took a 20-6 lead into the fourth quarter on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
A promising drive to open the second half ended terribly for Green Bay. RB Eddie Lacy carried four straight times for 16 yards, and WR Ty Montgomery gained 9 on a third-down reception to move the chains. But on second down just across midfield, QB Aaron Rodgers was intercepted by Dallas S Barry Church, and the Cowboys took over.
The Cowboys got a 25-yard run from RB Ezekiel Elliott and a 19-yard catch-and-run by WR Cole Beasley to make it first-and-goal on the 5, but the Packers’ defense held there, forcing Dallas to settle for a 22-yard field goal by K Dan Bailey. The Cowboys took a 20-6 lead with 6:58 left in the quarter.
The Packers tried to answer. A 12-yard completion to WR Davante Adams converted on third-and-11, but Adams was down after the play and eventually left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Then WR Ty Montgomery became the focal point of the offense, rushing for 6 yards and catching back-to-back passes for 12 and 15.
Rodgers then hit WR Jeff Janis on consecutive plays for 8 and 6 yards before going back to Montgomery for 14 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 1. Then disaster struck again. Looking like he was trying to run a QB draw, Rodgers was stripped of the ball by DE David Irving, and Irving recovered for the Cowboys on the 4-yard line with a minute left in the period.
Dallas gave the ball right back, though, as Prescott on third down threw his first career interception. Packers S Morgan Burnett made the diving grab and the Packers had the ball in the red zone as the third quarter expired.