With the Green Bay Packers fighting for their playoff lives, the talk leading into Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys centered around the possible return of Aaron Rodgers, who fractured his collarbone in a Week 9 loss to Chicago.
Rogers was finally listed as out on the Friday injury report, forcing the Packers to turn to backup Matt Flynn for the fourth straight week.
“I really have been trying to take it one game at a time and not think about what’s going on because every hope’s that Aaron’s back,” said Flynn, a Tyler native. “It’s one of those things where I don’t anticipate being the guy going forward.”
Flynn and the Packers found themselves trailing 26-3 at halftime, managing just 132 total yards, 34 of which came on the last play of the second quarter.
Despite his anemic first half, Flynn mustered his best Rodgers impersonation in the second half, torching the NFL’s worst defense for four touchdown passes en route to a 37-36 win. The 23-point rally tied the Packers’ record for biggest comeback in franchise history.
“The conversation at halftime was ‘Let’s be men right now,’ ” Flynn said. “ ‘Let’s be men and let’s show what we’re made of. Show pride.’ ”
On the first play of the second half, Packers rookie Eddie Lacy took the opening handoff 60 yards to the Dallas 20, setting up a Jordy Nelson touchdown catch to make the score 26-10.
“For us to get that big run, we all kind of felt the momentum,” Flynn said.
Lacy rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown. The Packers would score 34 second-half points.
“We knew that if our defense could get some stops we had a chance to make this thing close,” Flynn said.
Buoyed by the strong play of safety Tramon Williams, the Packers’ defense got key fourth-quarter stops, forcing two late interceptions while holding the Cowboys to just 134 yards of offense in the second half. The second interception, a diving grab by Williams, sealed the win.
Williams also had a fourth-quarter interception reversed after a review.
“The one I didn’t get credit for, I thought I caught. The one I did get credited with, I never felt more sure about a catch in my life,” Williams said.