Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Comeback to Win Sunday
Aaron Rodgers pulled a Dan Marino, Sunday and then threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with three seconds left to win the game over the Miami Dolphins, 27-24.
After the Green Bay's opening drive, it looked like the Packers and Rodgers were going to cruise. Rodgers tossed a nine-yard touchdown pass to the hottest receiver in the NFL, Jordy Nelson, on the opening drive of the game. Nelson has 43 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Less than two minutes later, Caleb Sturgis kicked a 48-yard field goal for Miami and Green Bay's lead was cut to 7-3.
Mason Crosby's field goal with about eight minutes in the second was the only scoring in the quarter and gave Green Bay a 10-3 lead.
Miami got the ball to start the third and Ryan Tannehill threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry to tie the game at 10 apiece. The Packers retook the lead late in the third on a five-yard pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb.
In the third quarter, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields were both hurt on separate plays and the Packers defense was struggling to stop Tannehill. Shields had one of the Packers two interceptions in the first half, where Green Bay was playing solid defense. The tide turned, though. Green Bay couldn't make a stop in the second half until late and Miami's defense was getting a lot of pressure on Rodgers.
Lamar Miller's five-yard touchdown run tied the game at 17 in the fourth and then Tannehill's five-yard pass to Mike Wallace gave the Dolphins a lead with 9:13 to go in the final quarter. Both Brad Jones and Casey Hayward missed tackles on the last Dolphins drive and Miami was looking to have control of the game late.
The Packers had to settle for a field goal with 4:09 left in the game and hope the defense without Williams and Shields makes a stop. Fortunately, they did.
Green Bay got the ball with 2:04 with no timeouts and only the two-minute warning to stop the clock. Miami's defensive line got to Rodgers again, sacking and forcing him to fumble. Luckily, T.J. Lang fell on the ball. It was 4th-and-10, now. Rodgers found Nelson for 18-yards for the first down. James Starks then saved the day again, running 10-yards and getting Green Bay out of 3rd-and-10. Then, Green Bay needed to spike it. Rodgers had other plans and used some trickery. In the house of Dan Marino, Rodgers fake spiked it. He threw it out to Davante Adams for the first-down and Adams got out of bounds with six seconds left on the clock. On the next play in shotgun and with receivers wide, Rodgers worked his magic and found Andrew Quarless in the end zone with three seconds left in the game to win the game. The funny part of it all is Rodgers didn't even buckle his strap before hitting Quarless for six. It was brilliant and in culmination of it all, Rodgers fell on the ground and put his hands in the air.
Rodgers finished the game 24-of-42 for 264 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. In the first six games, Rodgers has now thrown 15 touchdowns and just one interception.
For the Dolphins, Tannehill was 20-of-31 for 244 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Green Bay plays Carolina at home, next Sunday, while Miami travels to Chicago.
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