Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Insider: Boykin, Quarless come up big after Packers' forgettable first half

Dec. 15, 2013
 

Loading Photo Galleries ...

Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) is tackled by Cowboys safety Barry Church after making a fourth-quarter catch Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

More

Big picture

The Packers improved to 7-6-1 and kept pace with the Chicago Bears, who climbed to 8-6 with a win over Cleveland. Detroit (7-6) hosts Baltimore tonight and will either be in first place in the NFC North with a victory or in third place with a loss. The Packers’ only realistic hope of earning a playoff berth is by capturing the division title. They can do that by winning their final two games against Pittsburgh and Chicago, along with Detroit losing one of its final three games against the Ravens, New York Giants or Minnesota Vikings.

Thumbs up

Who would have guessed that Jarrett Boykin and Andrew Quarless would be the leading receivers in a crucial late-season game that had playoff implications? They did most of their damage in the second half, when the Packers scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions. Boykin caught six passes for 83 yards for the game, including four catches for 64 yards in the second half. Boykin’s 27-yard back-shoulder reception gave the Packers a first-and-goal and set up a touchdown that pulled them within 36-31 late in the fourth quarter. Quarless caught six passes for 66 yards, including five for 62 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Quarless had an 18-yard catch to open the Packers’ game-winning drive, and drew an interference penalty that gave Green Bay a first down at the Dallas 13. “I’m very proud of Andrew Quarless,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. “He knows that he’s had some opportunities early in the year that he didn’t take full advantage of, but he’s been big the last two weeks and we need him.”

Thumbs down

The Packers tripped all over themselves in the first half. On offense, they managed to score just three points against the worst-ranked defense in the NFL, with just 132 total yards. As for the defense, the Cowboys ran roughshod over the beleaguered unit, racking up 332 total yards and 17 first downs on the way to scoring on five of their first six possessions to take a 26-3 lead. The Packers seemingly couldn’t block, cover, tackle or tie their shoes without falling on their faces. “I guess you could say the chemistry wasn’t really there,” said Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush. The low point for the offense came in the second quarter when on second-and-1 the Packers couldn’t convert a first down on two underthrown Matt Flynn passes. “I think all of us probably thought that we were pretty frustrated,” said Flynn of the first half.

Numbers


1982: The last time the Packers rallied from a 23-point deficit to win. The Bart Starr-coached Packers trailed the Los Angeles Rams 23-0 at halftime and came back to post a 35-23 victory.


88: Field goal percentage for Mason Crosby on 30 of 34 kicks, including a 57-yard bomb in the first quarter that was 1 yard shy of his franchise record 58-yarder.


24: Years since the Packers’ last victory over the Cowboys on the road. The Packers defeated Dallas 20-10 on Christmas Eve 1989 with Don Majkowski and Troy Aikman the starting quarterbacks.


1: TD receptions by Jordy Nelson since Aaron Rodgers got hurt. It came on a 13-yard pass from Flynn on the Packers’ first possession of the second half when he plucked the ball away from cornerback Orlando Scandrick.


0: Cowboys’ third-down conversions in the first half. They went 0-for-5 and had to settle for four field goals, which kept the Packers within striking distance.

Turning point

Never has a blown sack turned into something so good. That was the case for linebacker Clay Matthews, who had a clear shot at Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo late in the game but whiffed. Romo proceeded to step up and throw a pass intended for receiver Myles Austin that was intercepted by Sam Shields. “I was pretty upset within that 0.5 seconds of missing the sack and Sam’s interception,” Matthews said. “It was a huge play to get him off the spot, get him uncomfortable and know someone was coming after him, and Sam made a heck of a play, and that was the difference in the ballgame right there.” The Packers trailed 36-31 at the time and desperately needed the ball back. Shields’ interception gave the Packers possession at the 50-yard line with 2:50 remaining, and it took them seven plays to drive for the winning touchdown.

Did you notice?

■ Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey displayed a big leg on kickoffs, recording touchbacks on all nine of his kicks. He also booted five field goals, including a pair of 50-yarders.

■ Former Packers defensive lineman Jarius Wynn, a member of the Super Bowl championship team three years ago, saw significant playing time for the Cowboys and recorded two tackles, a quarterback hit and pass defensed. Wynn also was flagged twice for being offside.

■ Referee Walt Coleman left his microphone on as he walked to the replay booth in the fourth quarter to look at a Tramon Williams interception. “So what happened?” Coleman said to a fellow official for all 91,054 in attendance to hear. Coleman eventually figured out what happened, overturning the interception because he said the ball hit the ground.


Mike Daniels was used as an extra blocker on the Packers’ first-and-goal winning touchdown dive by Eddie Lacy with 1 minute, 31 seconds left. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys let Lacy score on the play so they could get the ball back with enough time to score.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
575 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1015 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports