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(Sunday, October 17th)
Final Score: Miami 23, Green Bay 20 (OT)
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Dan Carpenter kicked a 44-yard field goal just under six minutes into overtime to lift the Miami Dolphins to a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
A trade of punts to start the extra period left the Dolphins with excellent field position at their own 48-yard line. After picking up two first downs, the Dolphins reached the Green Bay 26 and set up for a third-down kick that Carpenter nailed to give his team a 3-0 record on the road.
"It feels good," Carpenter said. "We battled hard today to get a win against a good team. It feels good to be able to walk out of here with a win."
Miami's special teams came through in the overtime with a 50-yard punt and the winning field goal, just 13 days after a disastrous effort in a 41-14 loss to the New England Patriots that cost coordinator John Bonamego his job. The unit allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown, had a blocked field goal returned for a score and had a blocked punt for the second straight week in that Monday night contest.
Chad Henne threw for 231 yards with a pair of touchdowns on Sunday and Brandon Marshall caught 10 passes for 127 yards for the Dolphins (3-2), who were coming off their bye after losing home games to AFC East rivals New York and New England. Miami is also 2-0 against the NFC North, having won at Minnesota in Week 2.
Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass and ran for the tying score in the final minute of the fourth quarter for Green Bay (3-3), which has lost two straight and three of its last four. The Packers had won six straight home games dating back to last season.
"It's hard to lose, period. It's hard to lose home games, to lose overtime games," said Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. "I was particularly disappointed in the offense. I thought our defense stepped up and gave us an opportunity."
Rodgers started a week after suffering a concussion on Green Bay's final offensive play in an overtime loss at Washington. He passed the NFL's battery of tests and practiced both Thursday and Friday, then finished Sunday with 313 passing yards despite completing only 18-of-33 throws. He was also sacked five times.
"We knew we were going up against a guy who could move his feet," said the Dolphins' Cameron Wake, who had three sacks. "So containing the rushing lanes and getting after the quarterback was important."
The game was tied at 13-13 midway through the fourth quarter when Miami was forced to punt from near midfield. After the kick, the Packers were called for illegally lining up a man over the center on the punt and the five-yard penalty resulted in a first down. Miami took full advantage and picked up another first down with a 22-yard pass from Henne to Brian Hartline before Anthony Fasano caught a throwback pass on the left side of the field and rumbled 22 yards for a touchdown and a 20-13 lead with 5:20 remaining.
Green Bay quickly faced 3rd-and-10 on its next series, but Rodgers scrambled to keep the play alive and found Jordy Nelson for 24 yards. The Packers reached the Miami 29 at the two-minute warning and converted on 4th-and-7 when Rodgers calmly hit Greg Jennings over the middle for 20 yards to set up a first down at the nine.
Rodgers scrambled for eight to the one, but the Dolphins stopped fullback John Kuhn twice to set up fourth down. After each team took a timeout, the Packers came out of the huddle with an empty backfield and Rodgers -- noticing the Dolphins had a big hole on the defensive front near the center -- quickly rushed under center to take the snap and easily snuck into the end zone for the tying score with 13 seconds left.
Miami got the ball at its own 43 after a squib kick and had a chance to set up a field goal with a long out pattern or throw a desperation heave. A Green Bay penalty for illegal contact moved the ball up five yards and instead of trying for the end zone, Henne took a knee to send the game to overtime.
Henne completed 23-of-39 passes and Miami got 150 yards from its two-headed rushing attack of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Brown finished with 73 yards on 19 carries, while Williams added 64 yards on 13 attempts.
Green Bay took the opening kickoff and marched 46 yards for a 46-yard field goal from Mason Crosby, but the Dolphins answered with a 74-yard drive for a touchdown.
Henne completed four of his six passes, including three to Marshall, during the 11-play set. A third-down connection to Marshall for 23 yards set up a first down at the Green Bay 25 and the two hooked up again soon after for 19 more, setting up Davone Bess' two-yard TD catch on third down for the score.
The Dolphins were in prime position to score again with a march to the Green Bay 21, but Henne was intercepted by Tramon Williams and the Packers needed just one play to go back in front as Rodgers found Jennings behind the Miami secondary. Jennings caught the perfectly-thrown ball in stride near midfield and raced the rest of the way for an 86-yard score.
After a series of punts, the Dolphins tied the game with 20 seconds left in the half on a 53-yard Carpenter field goal. Miami had a touchdown taken away by video review when it was determined that Marshall failed to get two feet in bounds at the back of the end zone on a 25-yard hookup. A holding penalty then negated a 43-yard field goal, but Carpenter was still true from 10 yards farther back.
The Dolphins took the second half kickoff and methodically drove 59 yards on 12 plays for the go-ahead field goal, chewing more than seven minutes off the clock before Carpenter drilled a 41-yard kick for a 13-10 edge.
Rodgers was then picked off by Jason Allen and the Dolphins drove from their own 41 to the Green Bay 27 before facing 4th-and-1. Brown appeared to pick up the first down, but was ruled short of the marker and a video review upheld the call on the field.
The Packers took advantage of the favorable ruling and marched to the Miami eight, but a third-down pass fell incomplete and Crosby tied the game with a 26-yard field goal just over four minutes into the fourth quarter.
Green Bay played overtime in consecutive weeks for the first time since October 11-18, 1987 -- both of which were replacement games during the NFL strike...Jennings had six catches for 133 yards...The Packers were without linebacker Clay Matthews because of a hamstring injury. Matthews entered Week 6 leading the NFL with 8 1/2 sacks. Green Bay also played without offensive tackle Mark Tauscher because of shoulder problem and defensive end Ryan Pickett with an ankle issue...The Dolphins had linebacker Channing Crowder back in the lineup. He missed the first four games with a groin injury...Miami linebacker Karlos Dansby limped off the field in the overtime favoring his knee...The Dolphins improved to 13-9 after a bye...Miami leads the all-time series, 10-3...The Dolphins will host Pittsburgh next week, while Green Bay welcomes Minnesota.
10/17 18:46:18 ET