Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers stun Dallas Cowboys at the buzzer (Highlights) 2
Jan 15, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with kicker Mason Crosby (2) after beating the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional playoff game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/The Post-Crescant via USA TODAY NETWORK

In a game of momentum swings, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers knocked off the No. 1 seeded Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round.

  • Dallas Cowboys 31 (13-4)
  • Green Bay Packers 34 (12-6)
  • NFL Divisional Round, Final, Box Score
  • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Talk about your classic NFL Playoff game. After six — yes, count ’em — duds, the NFC Divisional Round game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys represented the gem we’ve all been waiting for.

Unfortunately, for fans of dem ‘Boys, it was Aaron Rodgers who defied all odds and stole one late.

On a 3rd-and-20 with time dwindling down, the best QB in the game found Jared Cook with just three seconds left on the deep out route:

Not only was the throw money, but the immediate rollout and catch by Cook was legendary.

It led to a Mason Crosby 51-yard field goal that clinched the game for the Pack:

Just minutes earlier, Crosby nailed a 56-yard field goal that put Green Bay up three with 1:33 remaining.

However, Dak Prescott and company simply took the ball and marched down the field, tying the game thanks to a long Dan Bailey strike.

The only problem? Well, they allowed Rodgers 35 seconds and two timeouts to work with — a situation that ultimately did them in.

The theme of the contest held firm throughout. Though the Packers jumped on the Cowboys early — going up 21-3 — Prescott and the young Cowboys remained composed. They fought tough, didn’t get away from the run game and showed moxie.

This moxie was on full display when Prescott found Dez Bryant for the game-tying score (plus a two-point conversion) late in the fourth quarter:

Bryant was huge, finishing with 132 yards and two scores on nine grabs. Ezekiel Elliott was also big time (125 yards on 22 carries). Prescott, despite a rough interception on a quick WR screen earlier in the game, wasn’t the reason Dallas fell today. 

In the end, the reason Green Bay will advance to the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta comes down to the notion that Rodgers is as good as gets and he did enough against a suspect Cowboys defense. It’s remarkable considering how banged up and poor the Pack’s secondary played as the game marched on.

Rodgers finished the day with 356 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception on 28-of-43 passing.

The Cowboys magical 13-3 season comes to a close, and, worse yet, that Divisional Round hardship they’ve faced over the last decade-plus continues.

It’ll be the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday playing for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

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