James Jones says Packers knew at halftime they’d come back and win

Getty Images

Much has been made of the Cowboys blowing a 26-3 lead against the Packers.  But the Packers haven’t gotten much credit for erasing the 23-point deficit.

Receiver James Jones told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the Packers were determined at intermission to come back and win the game.

“When we walked into the locker room at halftime, every single person that walked into that locker room was yelling and screaming, ‘Get it in your head, get it in your mind right now, we are going to win this game.  We are going to come back and win this game.’  Nobody was in there moping, nobody came in there sad.  ‘What are we going to do?  We’re losing.’  Everybody was upbeat like, ‘Let’s just get our stuff together and come out and win the game.’  It rubbed off on everybody and we came out of halftime with a lot of energy and played Packer football.  An unbelievable win for us.”

Fueling the win was a couple of catches from guys who typically don’t catch the football.

“Oh man, them two dudes,” Jones said.  “I think they had my gloves on.  Those are two great plays. . . .  They’re DBs for a reason; they can’t really catch with their hands but those two dudes reached out there and caught the ball with their hands.  Tramon Williams and Sam Shields both made great catches.  Tough catches for receivers so it was unbelievable, and we needed it at that time to go down there and win the game.”

Only two more wins stand in the way of a fifth straight playoff appearance for the Packers.  And quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be back on Sunday against the Steelers.

“He’s looked great at practice,” Jones said.  He’s looked like Aaron . . . throwing the ball, slinging it, real confident.  He’s looked good.”

But Jones clammed up when asked about the percentage of practice reps Rodgers took with the first-team offense.

“You’re going to have to ask [coach] Mike [McCarthy] that one,” Jones said.  “I’m like [G.M.] Ted Thompson right now with my poker face on.  I plead the Fifth on everything.”

On Friday, McCarthy will waive his right to remain silent when it comes to the identity of the starting quarterback.  If it’s Rodgers, the Packers will have a better chance to make it back to the postseason.