The Dolphins showed in their 23-20 overtime win that they were the tougher team.
Miami’s special teams got the job done, two weeks after a debacle that got a special teams coach fired.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said the Packers’ coverage left plenty of opportunities to get the ball to WR Brandon Marshall: “If they give us one-on-one against Brandon, we’ve got to attack it and take our odds that he’s going to come up with the ball.”
Said Dolphins LB Channing Crowder of teammate Cameron Wake’s three-sack game, “I haven’t seen anybody since Jason Taylor have that good a jump coming off the edge.”
Dolphins RB Lousaka Polite had his run of 20 consecutive third-down- and fourth-down-and-1 conversions ended.
The Dolphins’ offense took advantage of the absence of Packers LB Clay Mathews.
The Packers were furious about an illegal formation penalty called against their special teams, but referee Ed Hochuli says he and his crew made the right call.
Packers WR Greg Jennings had a big day but said afterward, “It means nothing with a loss. We all want to win. And that’s not what is taking place right now. We’ve got to get back in the win column. Period.”
Said Packers coach Mike McCarthy after the game, “It’s hard to lose, period. It’s hard to lose home games. To lose overtime games — particularly disappointed in the offense, in our production there with the [overtime] series.”
The Packers haven’t allowed a running back to reach 100 yards in 19 games, the longest streak in the NFL.