Jones' historic day carries Pack to win

Joe Zenzola
October 06, 2019 - 8:14 pm
© Matthew Emmons | 2019 Oct 6

© Matthew Emmons | 2019 Oct 6


By Dan Plocher

MILWAUKEE-- Aaron Jones tied a franchise record with 4 touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers 34-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Not only would Jones tack on 4 TD's, but he also added 182 yards of total offense and put the team on his back in the win. 

It was a hot start for Green Bay as the Jaire Alexander picked off Dak Prescott on the first Cowboy's possession, the first of three interceptions on the day for the Packers' defense. It was a decent throw by Prescott, but it bounced off the hands of star wide receiver Amari Cooper, and fell right into Alexander's mits. 

The offense would respond with Jones' first touchdown of the day, an 18-yard touchdown run:

The Cowboys took the ball over and drove the football onto the Green Bay side of the field. The defense would make a stand as Za'Darius Smith sacked Dak Prescott and moved the ball outside of field goal range, forcing the Cowboys to punt the ball.

Green Bay would take the momentum and march the football right back down the field with the help of two 20+ yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jimmy Graham and Robert Tonyan. Inside the 10-yard line, where the Packers struggled in last Thursday's matchup with the Eagles, Matt LaFleur called Jones' number as he scored for the second time of the game, giving the Pack a 14-0 lead:

Dallas needed to put some points on the board to avoid this one getting out of hand, and once again, they moved the ball inside the Green Bay 40-yard line. Then, defensive back Chandon Sullivan stepped up and made a beautiful play by leaping and making a spectacular catch, intercepting Prescott for the second time.

Green Bay would not take advantage of this turnover; going three-and-out on their next drive, but the defense stayed strong and forced Dallas to punt after just 5 plays. The Packers would have another opportunity to widen their lead, and they did so after a 12-play, 79-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. The redzone bug bit again as the Pack were held short of the endzone after getting it all the way down to the 1-yard line. Nonetheless, points are points, and the Packers took a 17-0 lead behind a 20-yard field goal from Mason Crosby.

The Cowboys were being booed off the field after the early 17-0 deficit, and had to do something to work their way back into this game. Another opportunity to do so was squandered as Brett Maher missed a 54-yard field goal. The teams would go into halftime with a 17-0 score, and the Packers leading in Jerry World.

Green Bay came out of the half red hot scoring on each of their first two possession ending in touchdowns by Aaron Jones, including his fourth touchdown run of the ballgame: 

Now up 31-3 after Maher made a field goal, the Packers had a comfortable lead and began to play like it on both sides of the ball. They offense totaled a staggering 14 yards over their next 5 possessions, and Dallas took advantage and nearly mounted a comeback. 

Three of the next four drives for the 'Boys concluded with a touchdown and one was a huge 53-yard touchdown pass from Prescott to Amari Cooper that cut the Green Bay lead to just 10 points. Cooper finished the day with 11 receptions for 226 and that touchdown. 

But, the comeback would not quite be enough as the Green Bay defense stepped up again with the third interception of the game by Kevin King, who proceeded to hurt his knee on the play, and forcing a fourth down inside the redzone with less than 2:00 left two drives later. Maher would once again botch a field goal, this time inside of 40-yards to effectively end Dallas' hopes of a win. 

The Packers would avoid an impressive comeback attempt by the Cowboys, and win the game 34-24 after being carried by second-year back Aaron Jones and this vaunting Mike Pettine defense.