In a shocking turn of events, the Green Bay Packers emerged victorious against the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild-card game. The Packers dominated from the start, securing a 48-32 win and earning a spot in the divisional round against the San Francisco 49ers.
Jordan Love’s Playoff Debut: A Performance for the Ages
Quarterback Jordan Love, in his first playoff appearance, led the Packers with remarkable prowess. Love’s regular-season success with 32 touchdown passes was surpassed by his stellar playoff debut, completing 16-of-21 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns, boasting a remarkable 157.2 passer rating.
Upset City: Packers’ Surprising Win
Dubbed “Upset City,” the Packers, labeled as 7.5-point underdogs, pulled off the franchise’s largest upset win in the playoffs since 1995. This unexpected victory marks a significant achievement for the Packers, who had to win their regular-season finale to secure a postseason berth.
Key Players and Trends for the Packers:
- Aaron Jones’ Dominance: Running back Aaron Jones, returning from a series of injuries, showcased his prowess with 118 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jones has now scored nine touchdowns in four career games against the Cowboys.
- Diverse Receiving Corps: The Packers’ receiving corps, led by Romeo Doubs, demonstrated versatility. Doubs became the third different receiver in as many games to exceed 100 yards, finishing with six catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
- Defensive Highlights: Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage, without interceptions in the regular season, played pivotal roles in the game. Alexander’s interception set up Jones’ second touchdown, while Savage’s pick-six marked the Packers’ first defensive touchdown in a playoff game since 2012.
Next Challenge: Facing the Cowboys vs 49ers
The Packers now set their sights on the top-seeded San Francisco Cowboys vs 49ers in the upcoming divisional round, scheduled for January 20 or 21.
What time do the cowboys play
- Time: 4:30 p.m. ET | 1:30 p.m. PT
When do the cowboys play
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 14
Cowboys vs. Packers is scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 14. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.