Monday, January 16, 2017

Packers vs Cowboys: The best 4th quarter ever?

To be fair, I have not seen every 4th quarter drive in the history of the NFL.   Nevertheless, I doubt if anything from the past was better than we saw on Sunday night.    

Let's see what Neil Paine wrote about that 4th quarter:    
Packers-vs-Cowboys became only the eighth playoff game in NFL (or AFL) history to feature at least four fourth-quarter ties and/or lead changes. But beyond that, it was also one of only two games in which a team entered the fourth quarter down by double digits but stormed back to tie or take the lead, then gave up another score and then fought to re-gain the tie or lead again.1
Dallas entered the fourth trailing Green Bay by 15 points  and had a mere 7 percent chance of winning. They then scored twice and converted a two-point conversion to tie the game at 28, raising their win probability to 46 percent. Then, after Crosby knocked down a 56-yard kick to re-take the lead for Green Bay with 93 seconds left, the Cowboys’ win probability was bumped back down to 18 percent.
But the game wasn’t done yet. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott led a 6-play, 42-yard field-goal drive to tie the game again, raising Dallas’s win probability to 49 percent. That number rose even higher, to 54 percent, after an Aaron Rodgers sack on the following drive appeared to kill any hope of another Packers response. 
But with 12 seconds left, Rodgers hit Jared Cook for a 36-yard completion, Cook dragged his feet to barely stay in bounds, and Crosby gave Green Bay the 34-31 victory with another long kick.
Well, someone had to win and someone had to lose.    It's a shame that these two teams won't get to play for the NFC title next.    My guess is that most of the country would love to see a rematch!

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