Nearly two months after declaring the 4-6 Packers can “run the table” to make the playoffs and beyond, Aaron Rodgers stretches Green Bay’s winning streak to eight on a superb scrambling throw and sideline tip-toe catch by tight end Jared Cook on third-and-20 in the waning seconds of the divisional playoff at Dallas.
The big play, somewhat drawn up in the dirt by Rodgers, set up the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Mason Crosby, to hit the second of two 50-plus field goals in the final minute and a half for a 34-31 walk-off triumph over the top-seeded Cowboys.
Green Bay had leads of 21-3 and 28-13 in the game, but Dallas kept rallying and eventually tied the game at 28. Crosby’s first 50-plus kick, a 56-yarder with 1:33 left for a 31-28 lead, was the longest postseason field goal in franchise history. The second, from 51 yards at the final gun, was the longest game-winning kick in league playoff history.The Packers advanced to their fourth NFC title game under Mike McCarthy, but the run ended a week later in Atlanta, one game short of the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.