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How the Dallas Cowboys lost 48-32 to the Green Bay Packers in wild card game



The Green Bay Packers eliminated the Dallas Cowboys from the NFL playoffs on Sunday, bouncing them at AT&T Stadium with a 48-32 defeat. Here’s what happened:

FIRST QUARTER

The Packers got the opening kickoff and took advantage of penalties on the Cowboys defense and used 42 passing yards from Jordan Love to set up a three-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones. The PAT was good and the

SECOND QUARTER

Cowboys started their second drive on their eight-yard line before Dak Prescott threw an interception to Jaire Alexander which set the Packers up in the redzone. A holding penalty set the Packers back but a slant to Romeo Doubs set them up at the Cowboys one-yard line. Jones scored his second touchdown of the day this time a one-yard rush. The PAT was good and the Cowboys trail 14-0 with 14:15 left in the second quarter.

The Packers started the drive on their seven-yard line but used a 10-yard pass to Tucker Craft to get out of the shadow of their end zone. Love then found Dobbs for a 39-yard completion to get into Cowboys territory. The drive was capped off with a 20-yard touchdown catch by Dontayvion Wicks on third down. The PAT missed and the Cowboys trail 20-0 with 3:23 left in the second half.

Dak Prescott hooked up with Michael Gallup on multiple plays to help push the Cowboys past midfield. Prescott then threw an interception to Darnell Savage who returned it for a touchdown. The PAT was good, Cowboys trail 27-0 with 1:50 left in the half.

The Cowboys got an explosive kick return from KaVontae Turpin to start the drive in good field position. Prescott found Lamb and Ferguson to extend the drive. Prescott finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ferguson with no time left in the half. The PAT was good, Cowboys trail the Packers 27-7 at halftime.

THIRD QUARTER

Cowboys got the ball to start the half and Prescott immediately found Lamb for a 13-yard gain. Prescott found Lamb again on a key third-down conversion. With the Cowboys facing a critical third down in the red zone Prescott’s pass was swatted down at the line. The Cowboys settled for a 34-yard field goal by Brandon Aubrey. The Cowboys trail 27-10 with 9:23 left in the third quarter.

Jordan Love continued his stellar start finding Dobbs for a 36-yard catch to get inside the red zone on the third play of the drive. Jones scored his third touchdown of the day two plays later on a nine-yard rush, the PAT was good. Cowboys trail 34-10 with 6:38 left in the third quarter.

Prescott found Gallup for a 42-yard catch to give the Cowboys the ball on the Packers side of the field. Pollard converted a key third down to give the Cowboys a new set of downs on the Packers 13-yard line. A holding Green Bay holding penalty in the end zone set up a one-yard touchdown run by Pollard. The Cowboys converted a two-point try but it was nullified by penalty and they settled for an Aubrey PAT attempt. The PAT was unsuccessful, Cowboys trail 34-16 with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter.

The Packers started to lean on the run game with Jones ripping off several big gains before Love found Luke Musgrave wide open for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Love threw his second TD pass of the game. The PAT was good, Cowboys trail 41-16 with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Packers continued to lean on their running game getting first downs from Jones and Emmanuel Wilson with five of their first six plays being running plays. The Cowboys forced the Packers into a fourth down where Love threw a three-yard pass to Dobbs for the QB’s third touchdown pass of the day. The PAT was good and the Cowboys trail 48-16 with 10:23 left in the final quarter.

The Cowboys offense came to life embarking on an 11-play 75-yard drive which was punctuated by Ferguson’s second touchdown catch of the game from Prescott. Rico Dowdle converted a two-point try and the Cowboys trail 48-24 with 5:54 remaining in the game.

Cowboys were looking to put more points on the board and scored on back-to-back drives to reduce the deficit. Prescott found Ferguson in the endzone for the third time on Sunday. Prescott ran it in for a two-point conversion. Cowboys trail 48-32 with 3:25 left in the game.

The Dallas Cowboys play the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on Sunday in Super Wild Card Weekend.

The Cowboys (12-5) earned the No. 2 seed after winning the NFC East for the first time since the 2021 season.

The Green Bay Packers (9-8) were the No. 7 seed and made the playoffs in their first season without Aaron Rogers behind center.

Return here for the 3:30 p.m. kickoff (FOX) for scoring updates, video highlights and more.

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