Late Game Heroics Gives Packers (27) a Narrow Victory in Miami (24)
MIAMI, FL – 10/13/2014 – It took an 11 play, 60 yard drive that included a fourth & 10 and a fake spike for the Green Bay Packers to pull out a narrow win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Down by seven with four minutes left and a struggling defense, the Green Bay Packers faced a fourth & five in Dolphin territory. As my cohorts and I called for the Packers to go for it to try and tie the game on this drive, head coach Mike McCarthy took his quarterback’s advice and relaxed as he sent the field goal unit onto the field. Now down four, the Packers had to stop a Dolphins offense that had torched the Packers in the second half of the game. The defense was able to do their part and gave the Packers the ball back with just over two-minutes left to play in the game. The ensuing drive was filled with drama, as the Packers marched down the field with a series of dump-off passes, delayed hand-offs, and even a fake spike that reminded Dolphins fans of Dan Marino that brought the Packers to the Miami four yard line with six seconds left to go. As fans around the green & gold nation waited with bated breath, Aaron Rodgers took the snap, looked to his right and threw a back-shoulder pass that Rodgers has used to his advantage throughout his (now) 100 game career. Andrew Quarless was able to use his superior physical abilities to beat his man on a simple hitch-route and came down with a game-winning touchdown with three seconds left!
The game was definitely a tale of two halves, as Green Bay’s defense shut down the Miami offense to the tune of 85 total yards. Following some key injuries to Sam Shields & Tramon Williams, Ryan Tannehill was able to pick apart the Packers lessened secondary. The Dolphins were able to put up almost 300 yards of offense in the second half, and probably should have won the game after Mike Wallace gave them the 24-17 lead with 9:13 left in the game on a five-yard touchdown reception.
The final stat line for the Packers was pretty solid in the passing game. Rodgers finished 24/42 for 264 yards and three touchdown passes. Jordy Nelson continued his hot start to the season, adding another nine catches and 107 yard with a touchdown. Randall Cobb is still Rodgers’ favorite red-zone target, as he caught his seventh touchdown in just six games. However, the Packers continued to struggle with the ground game. Coming off of his best performance of the season, running back Eddie Lacy only managed 40 yards on his 14 carries. James Starks ran okay, tallying 31 yards on his eight carries.
Defensively, rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded a team-high seven tackles and the Packers’ secondary also intercepted Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice (Casey Hayward & Sam Shields).
The Packers will play next on Sunday, October 19 at home against the Carolina Panthers at 1pm! Be sure to catch all of the action right here with us on 98.3 WRUP!
-Carl Leander Johnson