Aaron Rodgers inspired a late comeback in Miami as he threw the winning touchdown with 3 seconds left on the clock to secure his first ever victory in the state of Florida.
Coming into the clash the Super Bowl winning quarterback’s record in the state was 0-3 but his first two fourth down conversions of the season set the benchmark for an outstanding display to break that record.
But some quality possession from the Dolphins that made it such a close ball game. In the second half the Dolphins had possession on five occasions in total scoring touchdowns on three of them – two 80 yard drives and one 79-yard drive.
It made for a stark contrast to a first half performance for the Dolphins that saw two interceptions and a disappointed yardage of 87.
And the Green Bay defence, which had come in for some criticism in the build up to their visit to the Met Life Stadium, enjoyed an opening half that stifled the Dolphins running game – with quarterback Ryan Tannehill their best rusher in the opening two quarters.
But as the wore on the focus began to shift from defence to offence. As the relentless Florida heat took its toll on both defensive teams both sides saw massive rush yardages with for some impressive running plays for Lamar Miller and Eddie Lacy in particular.
Many would argue that the Dolphins were the better side in the second half as they raced into a 24-17 lead with 11 minutes left on the play clock – a lead which included a first NFL touchdown for LSU rookie Jarvis Landry.
And the Packers weren’t helped by starting cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams being forced to sit out most of the game through injury. With just over four minutes left on the play clock the Packers squandered their first chance to take the lead as pressure from Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes saw that Jordy Nelson was fingertips away from a touchdown – limiting the Packers to a field goal.
But a nail biting conclusion saw Aaron Rodgers throw for his second fourth down conversion of the game setting up first and goal with just 6 seconds left on the clock. A quick snap and 4 yard pass from Rodgers and a clever wide run from Andrew Quarless was enough to seal the dramatic victory and take the W back up north.
With Detroit’s victory in Minnesota, the Packers remain joint top of the NFC North with a record of 4-2 while the Dolphins will have to be content with third place in their division with a record of 2-3.