Poof. Rodgers Makes the Dolphins Disappear.Posted:Oct 13th, 2014 1:11 am
Sometimes, greatness wins out. Sometimes you just hand the ball to the best player on the field and say, 'win this one for us, will ya?' Aaron Rodgers served up a magical final drive, one which included a cold blooded fourth and ten conversion to Jordy Nelson and a fake spike-connection to Davante Adams that set up the game winner to Andrew Quarless.
And the Packers escaped with a 27-24 road victory, thanks to Rodgers, but thanks also to the banged up defense, which was great in the first half, but faltered big time in the fourth quarter, especially when both starting corners exited with injuries on back to back plays. Throw in the utter helplessness of Brad Jones, forced into action when Jamari Lattimore left with a neck injury. Despite the injuries, it was the defense that made the crucial stop, giving Rodgers the ball back with 2:04 on the clock--just enough time for #12 to work his magic.
It was a game that felt like it was in hand for most of the afternoon. The defense held the Fish to just 87 total yards in the first half and was very solid against the run all day. Take away Ryan Tannehill's 40 yard run and the numbers look very impressive. They also continued their ballhawking ways, taking it away three times to move to the top of the NFL's turnover list.
Offensively, the Pack never really got the running game going, but to Mike McCarthy's credit, he never gave up on it, hoping to take advantage of a tired Dolphins defense, that was on the field for 37 minutes. The ground game was instrumental in the lovely eight minute third period TD drive that ended with Rodgers finding Cobb for the score on a play that I'll never get sick of watching.
Now we wait on the injury updates. Sam Shields' injury was the dreaded non-contact injury. He just crumpled to the ground as the team was lining up for a play. Reportedly, he was told he didn't tear anything, but he was in a lot of pain. Tramon Williams rolled up an ankle. Fortunately the Pack is very deep at corner, but no team can afford to lose their starting corners and not lose something. We'll hope for good news as the week goes on.
When this one was over and Rodgers had performed his magic, I thought to myself how lucky we've been for the better part of 20 years, having a QB that always gives us a chance. 60 yards in two minutes with no timeouts? No problem.
So Rodgers got his first win in Florida in four tries and the Pack's winning streak sits at three. The Packers always seem to get on a roll in October. We'll see what other tricks and treats Aaron has up his sleeve when the Panthers come to town on Sunday.