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Aaron Jones' 4 TDs Lead Aaron Rodgers, Packers to Win vs. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2019

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones (33) reaches the end zone for a touchdown in front of Dallas Cowboys' Byron Jones during the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Michael Ainsworth/Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers survived a furious comeback from the Dallas Cowboys to earn a 34-24 road win Sunday.

The Cowboys cut a 31-3 second-half deficit down to a 10-point margin in the fourth quarter, but there wasn't enough time to complete the comeback.

While both teams were coming off their first loss of the season following three straight wins, Aaron Jones and Aaron Rodgers helped the Packers regroup with an impressive road showing at AT&T Stadium. The Packers improved to 4-1 and move into sole control of first place in the NFC North.

Dak Prescott threw three interceptions as the Cowboys fell to 3-2, snapping their seven-game home winning streak.

      

Notable Fantasy Stats

  • Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: 22-of-34, 238 passing yards
  • Aaron Jones, RB, Packers: 19 carries, 107 rushing yards, four TDs; seven catches, 75 receiving yards
  • Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers: three catches, 41 receiving yards
  • Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys: 27-of-44, 463 passing yards, two TDs, three INTs
  • Ezekiel Elliott, QB, Cowboys: 12 carries, 62 rushing yards, 1 TD; two catches, 29 receiving yards
  • Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys: 11 catches, 226 receiving yards, one TD
  • Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys: seven catches, 113 receiving yards, one TD

        

Aaron Jones Runs Wild to Lead Packers Offense

With Davante Adams and Jamaal Williams sidelined, the Packers needed another skill player to step up, and Jones did just that.

The running back set the tone with a pair of touchdowns in the first half and was difficult to stop throughout the game:

NFL @NFL

Aaron Jones sprints for the 18-yard @packers TD! #GoPackGo #GBvsDAL @showtyme_33 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/d6meepU6Nz https://t.co/vrYeA6dlax

NFL @NFL

Aaron Jones scores his third TD of the game! @Showtyme_33 @Packers lead 24-0. #GoPackGo #GBvsDAL 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/d6meepU6Nz https://t.co/pHI8PNnhtD

NFL @NFL

🗣 AARON JONES HAS FOUR RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS. @showtyme_33 #GBvsDAL #GoPackGo 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/d6meepU6Nz https://t.co/G2zIfhfiNE

It was impossible to watch him play and not be impressed by his effort:

Charles P. Pierce @CharlesPPierce

Aaron Jones is making people look silly on every play. #GBvsDAL

Sam Gannon @SamGannon87

Aaron Jones has been a one man show today and is killin’ the Cowboys.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Aaron Jones is the first player to rush for 4 TD in a single game against the Cowboys. https://t.co/Fxk6pAE6g5

ProFootballReference @pfref

Aaron Jones is the first @packers RB to have 4 rushing TDs in a game since Dorsey Levens in 2000 Levens and Jones are the only Packers in the last 40 years to score 4 rushing TDs in a game https://t.co/5VmjxIG7eh https://t.co/46YX7WRu0D

Jones had been inconsistent this season, but he showed what he could do with a full workload Sunday.

His play also took pressure off Rodgers, who found nine receivers for completions, including some dazzling plays we've come to expect:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Rodgers. Ridiculous. (via @NFL) https://t.co/1ryHeP8Ax3

It was just enough to carry the Packers to a key NFC victory.

        

Turnovers Kill Cowboys Offense for Second Straight Week

Dallas gave it away three times in a 12-10 loss to the Saints, and this was a problem once again against the Packers.

Prescott threw two first-half picks to help Green Bay build an early lead, while his turnover in the fourth quarter hurt the squad's chance at a comeback:

NFL @NFL

Deflected right to @JaireAlexander for the INT! #GoPackGo #GBvsDAL 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/d6meepU6Nz https://t.co/clYBZ5fPC7

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

Chandon Sullivan went ALL THE WAY UP with that pick 😮 @showtimesully10 https://t.co/K6OqrSs0gD

NFL @NFL

#GoPackGo defense on a mission. Third INT of the game. #GBvsDAL 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/d6meepU6Nz https://t.co/NdDDRc65SH

Marcus Mosher @Marcus_Mosher

Just a nightmare game for Dak.

This helped hide an offensive explosion in the second half, as the team finished with 563 yards from scrimmage.

Amari Cooper was especially impressive, including his 53-yard score to keep the game alive:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

AMARI COOPER. That was tough. (via @dallascowboys) https://t.co/O3XfmSO6kQ

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Dak today: either kinda bad or inch-perfect and very little inbetween

Tyron Smith's absence at left tackle was felt with three sacks, but the offense still had big gains against a tough defense.

Of course, it's hard to win when you lose the turnover battle, and Prescott's mistakes cost the Cowboys Sunday.

       

What's Next?

The Packers will be on prime time in Week 6 for the third time of the season, this time for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys will take on the New York Jets in their first of two trips to MetLife Stadium this season.

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