NFL Watch // Packers Stay Alive With Dramatic Comeback

words // Brandon Richard

When it comes to the NFL, quarterbacks are easily the most celebrated players in the league. For a lot of reasons, it’s entirely unfair. Whether it’s not acknowledging workhorses that pound the ball, overlooking pass catchers that make them look great or forgetting the offensive lineman that keep them upright, QBs get a lot more credit than they deserve. In some instances.

In others, you see the true value of having a top tier guy in the huddle. With Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl contenders. Without him? A team who was 1-3-1 in their last five entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Early, it looked like the Pack’s bad streak would continue. Behind four Dan Bailey field goals the Cowboys jumped out to a 26-3 halftime lead. Green Bay responded big the second half, particularly backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who led five touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarters. The Packers took a lead 37-36 after turning the usual Tony Romo late-game interception into a 1-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run. They sealed it by picking off Romo again with a little more than a minute to play.

The Packers now sit second in the NFC North and may get Rodgers back from his collarbone break this weekend.

In other Week 15 action, Jamaal Charles racked up 5 touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 56-31 win over the Raiders; the Seattle Seahawks maintained the league’s best record by shutting out the New York Giants on the road; Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts dominated the Houston Texans 25-3; the San Francisco 49ers trounced the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay; Greg Jennings and the short-handed Minnesota Vikings topped the Philadelphia Eagles 48-30; the Carolina Panthers got back to their winning ways against the New York Jets; the St. Louis Rams manhandled the reeling New Orleans Saints at home; Cincinnati’s home field hopes were dealt a blow with an upset loss in Pittsburgh; the Miami Dolphins strengthened their playoff hopes by taking down the New England Patriots; and Philip Rivers led his San Diego Chargers to a big upset win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

See some of the football cleats that hit the field in these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Packers Stay Alive With Dramatic Comeback

Matt Flynn wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Matt Flynn // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Eddie Lacy wearing Under Armour Highlight

Eddie Lacy // Under Armour Highlight

Philip Rivers wearing Zig Blaze

Philip Rivers // Reebok Zig Blaze

Zeke Motta wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Zeke Motta // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Vernon Davis wearing Under Armour Nitro III

Vernon Davis // Under Armour Nitro III

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Cordarrelle Patterson wearing Nike Alpha Pro PE

Cordarrelle Patterson // Nike Alpha Pro PE

Mike Wallace wearing Nike Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Mike Wallace // Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Robert Woods wearing Nike Huarache 4

Robert Woods // Nike Huarache 4

Jamaal Charles wearing Reebok Zig Blaze PE

Jamaal Charles // Reebok Zig Blaze PE

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight 2014 Low

Cam Newton // Under Armour Highlight 2014 Low

Trent Richardson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Trent Richardson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Alshon Jeffery wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Alshon Jeffery // Nike Alpha Pro

Andre Ellington wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite Low

Andre Ellington // Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Robert Quinn wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Robert Quinn // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Antonio Brown wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Antonio Brown // Nike Alpha Pro

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