Packers XLV

Poof. Rodgers Makes the Dolphins Disappear.

Posted October 13th, 2014 @ 01:10am

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.

 

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Comments (9):

What a great game! Lots of clutch moments and clutch calls. MM may not have always gone with the odds in this game, but the team sure came thru. The offense still sputtered a bit, but that defense of Miami's is no joke. Sure wish Bostick would get back , and Yeah, I've seen enough of Brad Jones. At least he used his helmet. Too bad the Viking couldn't put up a fight against the Lions, but I digress... just H-A-P-P-Y with a beautiful win.

on October 12th, 2014 at 09:14pm

It would have been a really sweet Sunday if the Falcons and Vikings had won their home games against the Bears and Lions and the Packers were all alone in first place this morning. I hear the Vikes are going to rotate their quarterbacks now, like Miami did years ago with their "Woodstrock" of David Woodley and Don Strock. The Queens will call theirs "Pondwater."

on October 13th, 2014 at 05:38am

Great come from behind, last minute drive for a "W". That should quiet #12's critics (Skip Bayless). Very happy at 4-2 with 5 of the next 7 games at home, starting with the Panthers of which I'll be present. Not unreasonable to think they could get 5 or 6 wins during that stretch. Hopefully the o-line protects better, Lacy takes over with the colder temps, and defense continues to improve. Thanks HC for Sunday mornings and as always... GO PACK

on October 13th, 2014 at 07:01am

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME Game !!! Game ball to T.J. LANG, he alone saved the game and to Aaron's eventually MVP'isk (Is this a term? It was yesterday while I was on my 6th "Spotted Cow") T.D. pass to "Q." **

on October 13th, 2014 at 08:10pm

Great job 12 and the Pack, I thought they would lose that one. proved me wrong, there lines seemed to dominate ours, but turnovers and 12 made the difference. A needed win, Carolina will be tough with Cam's running ability. let's enjoy this and the season as mike tice once said. sure hope shields is ok. Go pack

on October 13th, 2014 at 08:59am

Great game....fun watching with a room full of Packer fans. I will leave the New Glarus half full comments to The Voice but we still need improvements. Worried about Shields wrapping that knee and Williams with I think the ankle. We do not want to see Jared Bush on the field as a defensive back. Leave him on Special Teams we he excels. OL still not giving Lacy many lanes to run. Nice to see D Adams step up with 6 catches and a nice play on the fake spike to get out of bounds. I checked the waiver wire this morning and still no Brad Jones on it. Maybe he was wearing Hawk's helmet. Do you think we will see Mr. Cane this week on this site or is he hiding out in the Viking trophy room which has a lot of open space?? GO PACK GO !!

on October 13th, 2014 at 10:05am

Ah yes...NGSC, the nectar of the gods (well...not exactly...), but anyway, welcome aboard Otis & Paul!! I didn't get the opportunity to watch the game, but I did listen to it (thank you KLBB!!), and after the game, there was a fair amount of chatter regarding MM making the decision to go for the field goal down by 7. To me it was a no-brainer, since they had to score twice anyway, and it was the difference maker in an afternoon full of them. Great win, and bring on the Panthers!

on October 14th, 2014 at 03:48pm

Ah yes...NGSC, the nectar of the gods (well...not exactly...), but anyway, welcome aboard Otis & Paul!! I didn't get the opportunity to watch the game, but I did listen to it (thank you KLBB!!), and after the game, there was a fair amount of chatter regarding MM making the decision to go for the field goal down by 7. To me it was a no-brainer, since they had to score twice anyway, and it was the difference maker in an afternoon full of them. Great win, and bring on the Panthers!

on October 14th, 2014 at 03:58pm

This was a full-time effort from the team, top to bottom. I was pleased with the cover 2 defense McCarthy put in this week, and Tom Clements really got Lacy going early. On a more serious note, is anyone else concerned with how many reps Kuhn has been getting at left tackle? I know we drafted him high last year but the guy isn't superman.

on October 14th, 2014 at 05:28am

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