The Miami Dolphins surged late against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as Aaron Rodgers found Andrew Quarless four yards out to help the Packers survive. Rodgers went 24-of-42 and passed for 264 yards and three touchdowns as Green Bay won their fourth game of the year and third straight after a 1-2 start.
We recap the entire game below:
The first drive of the game was a bit too easy for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers opened the game firing to rookie Davante Adams early. After finding him on the sidelines, he then found Adams on a slant across the middle for 18 yards. Then, Rodgers delivered a pass to Randall Cobb down field for 28 yards over Miami cornerback Jimmy Wilson to set-up a first and goal. Rodgers hit a wide-open Jordy Nelson across the middle for 9 yards that gave Green Bay a quick 7-0 led. The Packers did an excellent job of mixing things up on the drive and marched down 80 yards.
Miami started their first drive with pretty good field position after Jarvis Landry returned the first kick-off 54 yards to the Green Bay 49 yard line. The Dolphins weren't able to move the ball much, but they didn't have to go very far and managed to settle for a 48-yard boot from Caleb Sturgis that put three points on the board for them (7-3).
Cameron Wake brought down Rodgers on a third-and-11 and forced Green Bay to punt the ball for the first time. Linebacker Jonathan Freeny beat Jamari Lattimore on the play and managed to get through and block Tim Masthay's punt which gave the Dolphins the ball at the 16. A quick pass from Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace advanced the ball closer to the goal line, but Miami couldn't register any points after Knowshon Moreno was stuffed on a gutsy fourth-and-goal call from Joe Philbin.
In the second quarter Casey Hayward looked like his old self after making a leaping pick on Tannehill to give him his first interception since December 30, 2012. Hayward's INT gave Green Bay the ball on Miami's 36.
Minutes later, Dolphins pass-rusher Olivier Vernon brought down Rodgers on third down and forced Green Bay to settle for a Mason Crosby 43-yard field goal. That made the score 10-3 with roughly eight minutes left in the second quarter.
Tannehill then made another bad throw into coverage and was picked off by Sam Shields. The Packers were up 10-3 at halftime, and now lead the entire league in interceptions.
The Dolphins came out strong on their first drive in the third and it resulted in a 11-yard pass from Tannehill to Landry over Tramon Williams for a touchdown. With Miami struggling on the ground, Tannehill ran the ball 40 yards himself to bring the ball to Green Bay's 35 to help set-up the score. That tied the ballgame up at 10 apiece.
To respond, Green Bay went down the field for their longest drive of the season as they scored a touchdown to regain the league. Rodgers stepped up into the pocket, rolled out right and threw across his body to Cobb in the end zone for 5 yards to score. Cobb lined up in the slot and found the open space to catch his seventh touchdown pass of the season.
Starting cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams both went out of the game on back-to-back plays due to injury. Shields fell to the ground in pain before the snap of the ball, and it initially looked like just cramps, but a knee injury was revealed right after. Williams suffered an ankle injury and was helped off the field. Both players were ruled as questionable to return.
Lamar Miller finally started to run the ball well for Miami, and after Williams and Shields not on the field along with an already struggling run defense, he scored from 5 yards out to help Miami tie the game. The Dolphins finally put together their best balanced drive of the game and went 80 yards on 10 plays.
Miami held the Packers to their first three-and-out of the game on the ensuing drive, and took over from the 21. With Williams and Shields both off the field, Green Bay went with Davon House and Jarrett Bush at corner, with Hayward staying in the slot. Tannehill and the Dolphins' offense found rythm and marched down field through the air and on the ground to take their first lead. The drive succeeded after Tannehill stepped up into a tough pocket and found Mike Wallace for 5. That made the score 24-17 Miami.
Rodgers had roughly nine minutes left in the fourth to respond to Miami's touchdown, and did so in five minutes and four seconds. Green Bay moved the ball down field through the air and helped give them an oppornuity for three. A third-down fade to Nelson in the right corner was incomplete and provided a chance for the Packers to score. Mike McCarthy elected to settle for three, and Crosby tacked on a field goal to narrow the Dolphins' lead to just four.
The Dolphins didn't manage to increase their lead and punted after Moreno had no where to run on third-and-nine. That gave Rodgers and the Packers the ball with 2:04 left in the fourth.
After Wake and Vernon got pressure on a third down that forced a fumble, Rodgers responded by hitting Nelson near the sidelines on fourth down to keep the drive alive. Rodgers then dumped the ball off to James Starks underneath, followed by a quick pass to Cobb to inch closer to the goal line. The offense then huddled up immediately after and faked a spike that complete caught the Dolphins offense off guard. Rodgers completed a pass to Adams again as it went and brought Green Bay to the five yard line.
Right after, Rodgers hooked up with tight end Andrew Quarless for the win four yards out to complete the game-winning 11-play, 60-yard drive. Blouses.