The Green Bay Packers are headed to the 2017 NFC title game to face the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers edged out the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the divisional round by a final score of 34-31. Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott made huge plays late in the game, and Mason Crosby was the difference.
The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead on their first drive, but then the Packers offense put on a show, taking a 21-3 lead. Aaron Rodgers offered up his usual pinpoint precision, and it looked like Dallas was going to get run out of their own building. However, they rallied to cut the Packers lead to 21-13 by the half. Green Bay put up a touchdown in the third quarter, and went into the fourth quarter leading 28-13.
However, Dallas responded with a pair of touchdowns to tie things up with 4:08 to go. The Packers took over at their own 25, and drove down the field eventually setting up a 56-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby. It was a season-long for Crosby, and incredibly clutch given the circumstances. The Cowboys followed up with their own field goal with 44 seconds left ... and then Rodgers and Crosby did it again. Rodgers connected with Jared Cook on a 35-yard catch in which the tight end just barely got his toes in. It set up a 51-yard field goal attempt and Crosby drilled it twice (there was a timeout at the snap of the first attempt). It was insane.
The Packers win impacts the San Francisco 49ers. Executives Elliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst each interviewed last week for the 49ers GM position. They can interview again and be hired, but it requires permission from the opposing team. I suspect we will have to wait and see what’s next then as the Packers prepare for the NFC title game.