Cowboys ride Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers fumble to halftime lead

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Aaron Rodgers still hasn’t thrown an interception at Lambeau Field, but he did turn the ball over in the second quarter of Sunday’s divisional round game against the Cowboys and it looms large in a game that Dallas leads 14-10 at halftime.

Corey Linsley snapped the ball before Rodgers was ready for it and the Packers quarterback couldn’t move as nimbly out of trouble as usual after picking up the fumble, leaving him as an easy target for Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey. Mincey, who has been having an outstanding game, forced a fumble and the Cowboys cashed in with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams that gave them the lead a short time later.

It was Williams’s third touchdown in the last two weeks and part of Tony Romo’s sharp first half in his return to his home state. Romo was 9-of-12 for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes. The Cowboys got 53 yards on 17 DeMarco Murray carries as well and they were able to consistently turn short third downs into first downs on their way to an edge in both time of possession and on the scoreboard.

The edge on the scoreboard could be bigger, though. After a review late in the second quarter correctly turned a Jason Witten catch from a first down to a third down, Romo dropped a snap and Datone Jones altered a Dan Bailey field goal attempt that sailed wide of the uprights.

Rodgers’s left calf may have played a role in the fumble and the Packers offense certainly hasn’t been the efficient machine we’ve grown accustomed to seeing at Lambeau Field this season. He was able to hit Randall Cobb for 31 yards to set up a late Mason Crosby field goal that made Bailey’s miss hurt all the more, but his inability to move freely should continue to be an issue as the Packers try to hand the Cowboys their first road loss of the season.

24 responses to “Cowboys ride Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers fumble to halftime lead

  1. Im glad GB got going that last drive, was gonna mute the tv listening to Troy and Joe constantly praising Witten and Murray….couldnt take much more of it

  2. So you’re gonna make a huge deal about the questionable call in last weeks game against Detroit all week long, but you’re not even gonna mention that horrible call on the Randall Cobb play that allowed the packers to score that field goal?

  3. This game is close.
    I also saw these two things:
    1. That wasn’t a first down for written his forword progress stopped at the 27. Not sure why FOX is acting like a game changer when clearly it wasn’t

    2. I think the tip of the ball touched the ground on green bays possession. Could have been overturned.

    For now The game is close
    This is fun to watch

  4. It is being reported that Aaron Rodgers inquired as to “who is that Bozo from New York.”

    Dear Charlie Cheesehead (aka Aaron Rodgers):

    That Bozo from NY is the Governor of New Jersey. I know you farmers have problems with geography but there is a whole world south of Chicago and east of Lake Michigan. That Bozo just might be the Republican nominee for President and move into the White House in January, 2017.

    Sincerely
    A NJ Native stuck living in cheeseheadland
    Go Cowboys.

  5. boston444 says:
    Jan 11, 2015 2:41 PM
    So you’re gonna make a huge deal about the questionable call in last weeks game against Detroit all week long, but you’re not even gonna mention that horrible call on the Randall Cobb play that allowed the packers to score that field goal?
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    The difference is that there was nothing “questionable” about last week’s call – there was contact before the ball arrived, and then, to compound things, the refs chose not to flag Dez for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    In contrast, this week’s call needed indisputable evidence to overturn the call on the field.

    Big difference.

  6. conormacleod says:
    Jan 11, 2015 2:54 PM
    Do you need healthy legs to throw accurately? Rodgers numbers suggest yes.
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    Accurate assessment – and Cobb has been pulling up short on his routes instead of running through them. The Packers had better get things turned around, or they’ll be looking at yet another disappointing offseason.

  7. Hate to say it but Rodgers seems a little spooked. Not real pleased with the play calling on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter. 3rd and 6 and Rodgers goes deep to Cobb??

  8. Hopefully that’s the equalizer – that fumble gives GB a chance to get back the points they gave up on Rodgers’ fumble.

  9. Another good call by Gene – this crew isn’t perfect, but they are making the right calls most of the time.

  10. Its OK cowboy fans they wanted green bay to keep their perfect record at home that should have been first and goal I guess its pay back cause what happens in dallas good season cowboys proud to be a fan

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