Nobody gave this Packer team a chance. The Fox broadcast team of Howie Long, Gronk, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson all had the Cowboys, and nobody said it would be close.
The Vegas experts had the Cowboys. Even most Packer fans were just happy the team was in the playoffs. But the men wearing Packer jerseys in the visiting locker room believed. And boy did they produce.
Jordan Love – First Year Starter Phenom
Jordan Love, who CBS and Sirius Radio pundit Adam Schein has repeatedly stated in his pundit wisdom, “Can’t play football” just played the best statistical first career playoff game of any quarterback in NFL history. Jordan Love’s passer rating was 157.2.
He found seven different receivers for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Romeo Doubs six times for 151 yards and a score. Doubs’ average yards per catch was 25.2 yards.
Love converted six of ten third downs and his only attempt on 4th down, a 2-yard dart through traffic, the Packers 6th touchdown, looked like at the time it sealed the win. 48-16 Packers.
Aaron Jones is Still on Fire
Aaron Jones added three touchdowns, 118 yards, rushing at a 5.2 yard per rush clip. He added a vicious block on Dallas’ premiere pass rusher Micah Parsons to allow a long pass and catch to Doubs to keep a drive alive. The Packers asked for the ball at the opening kickoff and made good on LaFleur’s decision to give Love the first snaps of the game.
The Packers scored touchdowns on three of their first four possessions. Add on a much-maligned Green Bay defense that intercepted Dak Prescott twice in the first half and you have a Packer blowout that made Dallas’ AT&T stadium seem like a church with 100,000 people attending a funeral.
Jaire Alexander started the Green Bay party with a pick that gave the Packers great field position and ultimately a 14-point lead. Darnell Savage made his best play of the season with a pick six with time winding down in the first half.
That score made it 27-0. Only a literal last second throw, that was benefited by an unwarranted 15 yard “horse tackle” penalty on Quay Walker, a dropped interception by De’Vondre Campbell, and a missed false start on Dallas on the last play allowed the Cowboys to score before half.
Love had another unbelievable game but give credit to the offensive line. They held the Dallas defense at bay. Dallas’ defensive leader, Parsons, was held to two tackles, no tackles for loss and no sacks with one quarterback hit that seemed late to Packer fans, but no penalty was called.
Love was not sacked and had time to throw making the most of it. Dallas’ defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, was talked up as a potential head coach next year. This Packer performance may change that.
The Packers had a bad habit early in the season of playing one good half but not being able to sustain quality plays for an entire game. On this day in Dallas the third quarter answered any doubters.
WR Romeo Doubs Has Career Game
The Packers scored touchdowns the first three times they had the ball in the third quarter. They were surgical in their dissection of the vaunted Dallas defense. Five plays, seventy-five yards, highlighted by a 46-yard beauty to Doubs from Love.
Three plays seventy-five yards, which had Aaron Jones busting for ten, then 27 and finished by a bomb to wide open Luke Musgrave for 38 and the score. Then eight plays for forty yards after the defense had stopped the Cowboys on downs.
LaFleur went for it on 4th down at the Dallas three-yard line, which seemed unnecessary with ten minutes left in the fourth, but the laser by Love to Doubs, who was his second option, was a highlight play that was necessary thanks to the easy time Dallas had with the prevent defense after the score.
The defense gave all a scare late but did enough to seal this win and the Packers live to play another week in the playoffs. The broadcast team said the 49ers are up next.
Let’s hope the game plan next week is as remarkable as this week. The 49ers are the toughest opponent the Packers will face this year. The truest evaluator of greatness awaits.