The Cowboys blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and fell 31-28 to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in overtime. Much like the infamous Dez-Bryant-Didn’t-Catch-It fiasco seven years earlier at Lambeau Field, the Cowboys were on the wrong end of an officiating controversy late in the game.
With the game tied 28 all in overtime, the Cowboys marched into Green Bay territory and looked poised to score. Facing a pivotal third-down situation, Prescott failed to connect on a pass with star wideout CeeDee Lamb.
As you can see in the video below, it looks as though Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander got away with pass interference.
When asked about the controversial officiating after the game, Prescott decided not to get into the criticism game.
“To me, that’s excuses,” he said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. “We just got to play beyond that.”
Rather than send out the field goal team, Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy instructed his team to go for it. Prescott’s fourth down pass attempt to Tony Pollard fell incomplete, giving Rodgers and the Packers good field position.
And they made the most of it, alright. A 36-yard catch by Allen Lazard helped set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning 28-yard field goal, and the Packers finally snapped a five-game losing skid for their first win in six weeks.
Every team is going to be on the right end and the wrong end of officiating errors. At the end of the day, Dallas held a 14-point fourth quarter lead. And they got the ball first in overtime, putting Prescott and company in a position to win the game. At the end of the day, they just couldn’t execute.
It was unquestionably a frustrating loss for the Cowboys, who’ve had their hearts broken by Rodgers so many times in the past. But at 6-3, they’re still a virtual lock to make the postseason for the second straight year.
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