Green Bay Packers (4-2) 27, Miami Dolphins (2-3) 24
Sunday October 12th 2014 (at Miami)
GAME RECAP (SportsNetwork.com)
(MIAMI) - Aaron Rodgers faced Joe Philbin for the first time and engineered a winning two-minute drill. His old coach is working with a different quarterback these days -- and the new guy looked a lot like the old guy when it mattered most. Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining on Sunday to lift the Green Bay Packers to a dramatic 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins. Andrew Quarless' catch in the front-right corner of the end zone capped a 60- yard drive in 2:01 that included a fake spike by Rodgers to set up a 12-yard completion on the previous play. "A-Rod, I think that last drive, it just shows you what kind of leader he is," said Quarless of Rodgers. "He's just decisive and he makes plays. I'm thankful he came to me with it. It just shows how we're building." Rodgers beat Philbin, the old Green Bay offensive coordinator who helped turn the Packers quarterback into an MVP but is now in his third year as coach of the Dolphins. The winning throw came after Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins on three straight second-half touchdown drives to take the lead before Miami was forced to punt on its fourth possession. Rodgers passed for 264 yards and three touchdowns in his 100th regular-season game, the other two going to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to help the Packers (4-2) build a 17-10 lead after three quarters. Nelson gained 107 yards on nine catches, including an 18-yard gain on fourth down on the winning drive. "An excellent road victory," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy remarked. "We knew this was going to be a tough game coming down here in the heat. The thing that impressed me the most in our victory is just the grit of our football team; the way each phase picked up for one another." After Mike Wallace caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 9:13 remaining for the Dolphins (2-3), the Packers scored 10 unanswered points for the win. "This one is tough," said Tannehill. "Knowing that we didn't play well in the first half (and how we) fought ourselves back in (and) made a bunch of plays in the second half but didn't get it done right there at the end with (our) offense or defense, makes it hurt that much more." Tannehill had two first-half interceptions but passed for 244 yards and two scores. Rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught one of them for his first career touchdown. Lamar Miller ran for a score and Knowshon Moreno carried six times for 10 yards after missing the previous two games with an elbow injury. Tannehill was backing up under pressure when he flung a 9-yard touchdown pass to Landry, who leapt to make the catch over Tramon Williams near the back of the end zone to tie the score three minutes into the second half. Rodgers avoided a rush on his second touchdown pass, scrambling toward the right sideline to spot Cobb, who came forward in the end zone in front of three defenders to catch the 5-yard throw. Not to be outdone, Tannehill wiggled out of a would-be sack for a 25-yard pass to Wallace on a swift 80-yard drive that ended with Miller's 5-yard touchdown run to make it 17-17 tie 78 seconds into the fourth quarter. Tannehill was just as good on Miami's third drive of the half with another 25- yard pass to Wallace, a short throw Miller turned into a 20-yard gain and a 21-yard toss to Landry. His toss to Wallace made it 24-17 with 9:13 left. The Packers settled for a 30-yard field goal from Mason Crosby after that, but Rodgers got the ball back at his own 40 with 2:04 to play after Miami punted. Rodgers was sharp on the game's first drive, completing all five of his passes for 69 yards with a 9-yard strike to Nelson in the end zone. A 54-yard kickoff return by Landry set up Caleb Sturgis' 48-yard field goal for Miami but Jonathan Freeny's blocked punt failed to produce points for the Dolphins when the Packers stopped them three times at the 1-yard line. Only one of Tannehill's two first-half interceptions led to points when Crosby kicked a 43-yard field goal after Casey Hayward leapt in front of a, giving the Packers a 10-3 lead at the break. Sam Shields, who also intercepted Tannehill, went down to the grass prior to a snap late in the third quarter with a knee injury. Williams, the other Packers cornerback, was helped off the field not long after that with an ankle injury.
Game Notes: Green Bay's Eddie Lacy rushed 14 times for 40 yards...Miami safety Reshad Jones and offensive lineman Mike Pouncey were active for the first time this season. Jones returned from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy and Pouncey was back after having hip surgery in June, though the Dolphins moved him to the guard position and had Samson Satele start at center again...Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore left the game in the first half with a neck injury.
                         GREEN BAY       MIAMI
First downs                     27          19
Rushes-yards                34-121      23-112
Net Passing yards              248         237
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     42-24-0     31-20-2
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-16         1-7
Punts-Average               5-34.4      3-42.3
Fumbles-Lost                   1-0         1-1
Penalties-Yards               4-44        5-25
Time of Possession           37:12       22:48
GREEN BAY -   7   3   7  10  - 27
MIAMI     -   3   0   7  14  - 24
1st - GB - Jordy Nelson, 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN  BAY 7-0
1st - MIA - Caleb Sturgis, 48-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Crosby, 43-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
3rd - MIA - Jarvis Landry, 11-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Sturgis kick) TIED 10-10
3rd - GB - Randall Cobb, 5-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
4th - MIA - Lamar Miller, 5-yard run (Sturgis kick) TIED 17-17
4th - MIA - Mike Wallace, 5-yard pass from Tannehill (Sturgis kick) MIAMI 24-17
4th - GB - Crosby, 30-yard field goal MIAMI 24-20
4th - GB - Andrew Quarless, 4-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 27-24
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 14-40, Aaron Rodgers 7-34, James Starks 8-31, John Kuhn 4-15, Randall Cobb 1-1
MIAMI - Lamar Miller 14-53 1 TD, Ryan Tannehill 3-49, Knowshon Moreno 6-10
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 44-24-264 3 TD
MIAMI - Ryan Tannehill 31-20-244 2 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 9-107 1 TD, Davante Adams 6-77, Randall Cobb 5-58, James Starks 2-11, Andrew Quarless 2-11 1 TD
MIAMI - Jarvis Landry 6-75 1 TD, Mike Wallace 5-67 1 TD, Lamar Miller 3-40, Charles Clay 3-35, Damian Williams 1-14, Knowshon Moreno 1-8, Dion Sims 1-5
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 12th
Detroit 17, MINNESOTA 3 - Led by a stout defense that had eight sacks and three interceptions, the Detroit Lions overcame continued kicking problems to take a 17-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Stafford was a pedestrian 19-for-33 for 185 yards and one touchdown while Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown for the Lions (4-2), who bounced back from last week's three-point loss at home to Buffalo. That loss was due in large part to three missed field goals from Alex Henery, which led the Lions to release him and bring in their third kicker of the season in Matt Prater. Playing for the first time since serving a four-game suspension and being cut by the Broncos, Prater made a 52-yard field goal but missed two more attempts. Detroit kickers have now missed 10 field goals on the season. Detroit won the game despite missing two star offensive weapons in wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, both of whom sat out with ankle injuries. Teddy Bridgewater returned to action after missing last week with a sprained ankle, but was harassed all day by the Detroit defense and finished the game 23-for-37 for 188 yards and three interceptions for the Vikings (2-4), who have dropped their past two games.
Chicago 27, ATLANTA 13 - Matt Forte rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chicago Bears to a 27-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Jay Cutler completed 26-of-38 passes for 381 yards and a touchdown, while Forte also added 77 yards on 10 catches for the Bears (3-3), who snapped a two-game skid. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall totaled 136 and 113 receiving yards, respectively, and Josh Morgan had a receiving touchdown in the win. Matt Ryan threw for 271 yards on 19-of-37 passing with a touchdown and an interception and Antone Smith had a 41-yard receiving score for Atlanta (2-4), which lost its third straight game.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      4   2   0   .667   116   82
GREEN BAY    4   2   0   .667   157  137
Chicago      3   3   0   .500   143  144
Minnesota    2   4   0   .333   109  149
Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) scorers the game-winning touchdown against Miami Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler (52) in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Sun Life Stadium. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers guard T. J. Lang (70) dives on an Aaron Rodgers fumble in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) lays a hit on receiver Mike Wallace (11) knocking the ball loose against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media