Miami Dolphins Get By Green Bay Packers 23-20 In OT

October 17th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

Not even the Green Bay Packers could overcome a horrible string of injuries as they fell to the Miami Dolphins 23-20 in overtime.

Despite a valiant effort by the Packers, a Dan Carpenter 44-yard field goal gave the Dolphins a three- point victory as they rebounded from a mistake-filled loss to the New England Patriots two weeks ago.

The loss was the second in a row for Green Bay, and their third on the season. They now sit at 3-3 for the year in a season where many had them marked down representing the NFC in the 2010 Super Bowl.

Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers started for the Packers a mere week after sustaining a concussion. Numerous reports floated around that the GB quarterback would sit this game out; however, Rodgers instead opted to play through the pain in order to secure a much-needed victory for his team. With 13 seconds left in regulation, it appeared as though Rodgers made the correct decision as he scored a touchdown on a quarterback sneak that ended up sending the game into overtime.

Rodgers finished the day with a touchdown and interception on an 18-for-33, 313 yard performance.

On both teams’ first series in overtime, neither could secure a score and it ended up being a poorly punted effort by the Packers’ Tim Masthay that essentially gave the victory to Miami. Masthay, for whatever reason, ended up punting the ball straight to the midfield point for the Dolphins. From that point on, Miami rushed the worn down Packers defense hard courtesy of impressive efforts by running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

Dolphins quarterback, Chad Henne finished the day with two touchdowns and one interception on a 23- for-39, 231 yard performance. Meanwhile, the team’s offseason star wide receiver acquisition, Brandon Marshall, finished a masterful day with 127 yards on 10 catches.

On the defensive end, Cameron Wake had three sacks for Miami.

For Green Bay, Jennings tried to assist the obviously not-one-hundred-percent Rodgers with a six catch, 133-yard and one touchdown performance.

Still, injuries were the story of the day for the Packers who are obviously struggling while playing extremely short-handed football. They began their season with Al Harris and Atari Bigby on the PUP list. Then, they lost Ryan Grant and Morgan Burnett to season-ending injuries. This week, they lost Nick Barnett for the year and Jermichael Finley indefinitely. This week, the team played without Clay Matthews, Mark Tauscher, Ryan Pickett and Mike Neal.

In large part due to their injury woes, the Packers were unable to cover the three-point line on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Odds.

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