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Rodgers rallies Packers past McCarthy’s Cowboys 31-28 in OT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to rookie Christian Watson and led a 55-yard drive in overtime to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal, and the Green Bay Packers stopped a five-game sled with one 31-28 win over former coach Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Green Bay (4-6) looked on course to lose six straight games in the same season for the first time since 1988, trailing 28-14 in the fourth quarter before Rodgers led two long drives that came with passes against Watson ended.

McCarthy coached the Packers to their last Super Bowl title after the 2010 season, and had a 125-77-2 record with Green Bay before being fired in 2018. This was his first game against the Packers since becoming Dallas’ coach in 2020.

Rodgers was McCarthy’s quarterback with the Packers most of the time. Their relationship became strained in McCarthy’s later seasons, but they exchanged compliments and hugged before and after Sunday’s game for the past week.

The Cowboys (6-3) went into the fourth quarter for the first time in franchise history 14 points ahead. They came out with a 195-0 record in such games, including playoffs, on Sunday.

McCarthy chose to go for fourth and third of Green Bay’s 35 on the opening overtime possession rather than attempting a long field goal. Pressured by Jarran Reed, Dak Prescott threw a desperation pass to Tony Pollard that failed to complete.

The Packers had the third and 1 of their own 44 on the ensuing drive when Rodgers threw over center to Allen Lazard, who caught the ball just past midfield and raced to the 20 for a 36-yard gain. The Packers then set things up for Crosby’s game-winning kick.

Green Bay’s Aaron Jones rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Watson, a second-round pick from North Dakota State, finished the game with four catches for 107 yards and became the first Packers rookie since Keith Woodside in 1988 to have multiple touchdown catches in a game. His three TDs were the first of his NFL career.

Rodgers found Watson for a 39-yard score on fourth and 7 with 13:23 left. They connected again with a game-winning 7-yard TD with 2:29 remaining.

Watson had a 58-yard touchdown in the second quarter — the Packers’ longest finish of the season. He celebrated with a backflip in the end zone.

Dallas scored 21 points in a row and took a 28-14 lead.

Prescott’s 5-yard pass to Dalton Schultz ended the game 14-all with 8 seconds left in the first half. After a fumbling punt return from Amari Rodgers gave Dallas the ball at Green Bay 45, Prescott hit CeeDee Lamb for a 30-yard gain to set up Tony Pollard’s 13-yard touchdown run with a 7:14 left in the third.

Lamb capped the Cowboys’ next possession with a 35-yard touchdown reception.

Lamm finished with 11 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Pollard rushed for 115 yards and a score. Prescott went 27 of 46 for 265 yards, three TDs and two interceptions.

INJURIES

Cowboys CB Anthony Brown left the team in the second quarter with a concussion.

The Cowboys were missing running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee). … Green Bay’s defense was missing outside linebacker Rashan Gary (knee), linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee) and cornerback Eric Stokes (ankle/knee). The Packers placed Gary and Stokes on injured reserve after both players were injured in a 15-9 loss in Detroit last week.

NEXT

Cowboys: On Sunday in Minnesota.

Packers: host Tennessee on Thursday night.

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