Dolphins 23 Packers 20
After the Dolphins lost their second straight game to a division foe two weeks ago, I said this stretch after the bye week would reveal what type of character this football team had. They answered the call in a big way today, going into Lambeau Field and knocking off the injury depleted, but still Aaron Rodgers led Packers.
Adversity showed it's ugly face in the game as well. Early on, the Dolphins were in great shape up 7-3 and driving on the Packers. That's when Chad Henne made his only costly decision of the day by trying to force a ball into Marshall that was picked off. Greg Jennings got the best of Vontae Davis on an 86-yard strike from Rodgers on the very next play. The Dolphins could have folded in a hostile environment, but they didn't.
The battled back and took a three point lead in the third quarter, and eventually jumped out to a 20-13 lead late into the fourth quarter. The Packers answered right back, as Rodgers converted on two fourth downs, with the second being the game tying touchdown.
The defense could have hanged their heads for letting Rodgers walk right in to tie the game, but when the Dolphins desperately needed a stop, Cameron Wake got to Rodgers for the third time which gave Henne and the offense great field position.
I usually don't go out of my way to compliment a kicker, but the Dolphins are truly blessed to have one of such high caliber in Dan Carpenter. The 53-yarder he nailed in the first-half after the holding penalty was impressive enough, but it was obvious how confident the coaching staff was that he would calmly split the uprights there in overtime.
I don't have much time, so I'm keeping this short, but be sure to check back tomorrow for in-depth evaluation. What a great win for our Dolphins!
Game Ball: OLB Cameron Wake, 3.0 sacks
Full box score here