The Packers faced off against a 5-4 Dolphins team in what they called a “must win” at Lambeau on Sunday afternoon. Against a team that is missing both of their starting tackles and their starting QB Ryan Tannehill.
The Miami Dolphins started the game with the ball and easily drove down the field relying heavily on Frank Gore, a man who seems to be winning his battle against father time. The defense lucked by having the snap go right through Brock Osweiler’s hands and Reggie Gilbert recovering the football at the 30-yard line.
The Packers then relied heavily on Aaron Jones with 5 out of the 9 plays involving him as the receiver or ball carrier, but it was Davante who found pay dirt on a quick slant at the 7-yard line. The Packers then force a three and out, forcing the Dolphins to punt. Just when the defense does something great it is washed away by Tramon Williams fumbling the return and some more bend but don’t break defense leading to a Miami FG from 27-yards out.
It didn’t take long for the Packers to respond. This drive was all Aaron Jones all the time with a 67-yard rush to get them into scoring range and 2 plays after getting in the endzone 2-yards out with the help from the hogs on the O-line. The Dolphins responded with another field goal.
The next drive McCarthy decided to go for it on 4th down and 2 at Miami’s 49, but they failed to convert with Rodgers getting sacked because of a Jimmy Graham missed block. In similar fashion to the drives prior, the Dolphins take advantage but thankfully not full advantage by hitting their 3rd field goal of the game.
The Packers opened the second half with the football, and for the first time this season the Packers did not score to start the second half, and the woes continued from there with J.K. Scott’s punt getting blocked setting up Miami at GB’s 28. Packers are heavily relying on the bend don’t break defense of old by allowing the 4th field goal of the game for Miami.
After the slow start it was a complete 180 degree turn with the Packers pushing the petal to the floor and not letting go for the rest of the half. With 3 straight scoring possessions for the Packers, with Aaron Jones punching it in for 6 for the second time of the game followed by Davante Adams scoring pay dirt for the second time as well. In between those touchdowns Bashaud Breeland joined the party by picking off the Brocketship at the Miami 38 to set up the Adams touchdown.
A 38-yard field goal by Mason Crosby to start the 4th quarter was the nail in the coffin, and the rest of the game was just filler as Miami tried to drive the field but turned the ball over on downs and then the Packers ran the clock out from there.
The Packers picked up a must have if they want to stay in the playoff picture, and they will need a quick turnaround having to play the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
(All stats via. pro-football-reference.com)