That was about 2.5 quarters of great football from the Packers. Aaron Jones bounced back from getting stuffed against the Eagles; I think he had almost 200 total yards plus four rush TDs. Aaron Rodgers played well with good completion rate and yardage, but no pass TDs. The defense had a bunch of sacks and made three interceptions.
But what happened after the 31-3 lead turned the game from being pleasant to watch to making me nervous. Both the offense and defense turned incredibly conservative. The offense switched to run-run-pass-punt and it was predictable for a Cowboys defense that was outmatched for so long. The Packers defense went into prevent mode and suddenly the Cowboys got good yardage on nearly every play. Who knows what would have happened if it hadn't been for that third interception.
It was only after the Cowboys wasted their final timeout to prepare for a field goal attempt that I was relieved. That meant that they absolutely had to succeed at an onside kick to have a chance to tie the game with a TD plus extra point, and the likelihood to recover an onside kick got only more improbable with recent rule changes. But that didn't matter anymore after the Cowboys kicker missed the field goal and ended the game quicker than anticipated.
Really bad coaching on both sides of the ball in the final 1.5 quarters. Instead of being able to say that the Packers played a complete game against a legit playoff contender, it was a rather shaky win that had no business being one. But the initial 2.5 quarters were great. The offense comfortably moved the ball and scored while the ground game was effective despite two RBs being inactive; plus the WR1 was missing too which in previous seasons hurt the offense a whole lot, but that wasn't the case on Sunday. The defense managed to contain Elliott, one of the best RBs in the league, despite having not played well against the run this season.
This Packers team hasn't been amazing this year, but it has shown that it can win games in various ways instead of being overly reliant on Rodgers. Now the Lions have to be put away in a highly contested NFC North; that will be super important.