Green Bay defeat Dallas in play-off classic to reach the NFC Championship game

Pittsburgh booked their place in the AFC Championship game after win in Kansas City

BY Daniel Kelly 07:45 Monday 16 January 2017, 7:45 16 Jan 2017

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

On November 23rd last year, three days after Green Bay lost their fourth game in a row to move to a 4-6 record, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his side could "run the table". The prediction of not losing until the end of the season is getting closer by the week.

Sunday night saw the Packers travel to Dallas and beat the Cowboys 34-31 in a classic. The win in the NFC Divisional Round sees the Packers move just one win away from a return to the SuperBowl.

A Mason Crosby kick in the last second of the game, was the defining moment of a game that saw the Cowboys come from 21-3 and 28-13 down to level the match at 28-28 with 90 seconds to go. In the final two minutes of the game, Green Bay took the lead twice more in an absorbing finish.

The NFC North champions rushed into a 21-3 lead with three touchdowns in the opening quarter-and-a-half. Ty Montgomery starred in the first-half for the Packers scoring two touchdowns.

It took until the final five minutes of the tie for the Cowboys to level the match through a second touchdown for Dez Bryant. They were to tie the game once more before the Packers won.

Crosby and Dan Bailey traded field-goals for both sides, and the game looked set for overtime before the Packers quarterback threw an excellent pass to Jared Cook, to put Crosby in field-goal range and record the win.

Sunday's second match saw Kansas City Chiefs outscore the Pittsburgh Steelers two touchdowns to none, but still lose the AFC Divisional Round match 18-16.

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell kick six field-goals from six to account for the Steelers' 18-points. The Chiefs scored two touchdowns from Albert Wilson and Spencer Ware.

Ware's touchdown in the final three minutes saw the Chiefs try and level the game with a two-point conversion, but the pass to Jeremy Macklin was incomplete.

Next Sunday's double-header is the final hurdle before the SuperBowl. Green Bay travel to Atlanta in the NFC Championship game, while New England welcome Pittsburgh in the AFC decider. 

 

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