The Packers beat the Dolphins 26-20 to massively boost their playoff hopes, leaving Miami with work to do as the four-game losing streak takes them to 8-7 this season
- The Dolphins were beaten at home on Sunday as they lost a first-half lead
- Miami is now 8-7 this season after an 8-3 start and could miss the playoffs
- Green Bay, meanwhile, have won three straight after Sunday’s victory
- They need help to make the playoffs, but they still have everything to play for in the last two weeks
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The Packers silenced the crowd at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday as they took a giant step toward the playoffs with a 26-20 win.
Green Bay trailed 20-10 in the first half, but regained control of the game as Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa threw three interceptions – all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards and a touchdown and had one interception for the Packers (7-8), who have won their last three games after starting the season 4-8.
With the win, the Packers will make the playoffs if they win their final two games against Minnesota and Detroit and get some assists.
Packers still in playoff chase after beating Miami on home turf
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw three interceptions in Miami’s deflating loss
It was a Merry Christmas for these Packers fans as they remained in the hunt for the playoffs
With two wins, two Giants losses or one Commanders loss would be enough for them to qualify for the playoffs.
Miami (8-7) lost its fourth straight game and still has some work to do.
A win in New England next week combined with a loss for the Jets in Seattle would see them qualify for the playoffs, while a win would also secure them a playoff berth.
The Dolphins trailed by six points with a chance to take the lead in the final two minutes, but Tagovailoa threw his third interception in three possessions to end Miami’s comeback attempt. He threw a pick with about six minutes left that set up a Packers field goal to make it a six-point game.
Coach Mike McDaniel saw his Miami team drop four straight games
Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards and a touchdown as the Packers eliminated the Dolphins
Packers kicker Mason Crosby scored a field goal early in the fourth after back-to-back turnovers by both offenses.
Undrafted Miami rookie Kader Kohou intercepted a Rodgers pass intended for Allen Lazard, but the Dolphins returned it immediately when cornerback Jaire Alexander intercepted Tagovailoa on the very next play.
Miami’s defense held the Packers six points from turnovers in the second half to keep the Dolphins in the game after blowing a 20-10 first-half lead.
Tyreek Hill celebrates with Jaylen Waddle after scoring a first half touchdown
Marcedes Lewis caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for the Packers
The Dolphins have held Green Bay to two points in five trips to the red zone.
AJ Dillon led the Packers with 36 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Allen Lazard had 61 yards on five catches.
Tyreek Hill had four catches for Miami to give it 113 for the season, setting a single-season receiving record for the Dolphins. Jaylen Waddle added five receptions for 143 yards.
But Miami has ruined those great receiving days with turnovers.
Raheem Mostert fumbled in the first half, leading to a Green Bay field goal. Tagovailoa’s three interceptions were the most he threw all season.
Rodgers tries to get around linebacker Bradley Chubb during the first half of the game
Miami’s Jason Sanders scored two field goals and two extra points in the Dolphins’ loss
The Dolphins rushed four times for 38 yards in their first practice and took a 3-0 lead, and Green Bay responded with a field goal to tie after the 93-yard kickoff return from Keisean Nixon put the Packers at 9 yards. line.
Miami built a 20-13 halftime lead after an 84-yard TD by Waddle and a 1-yard TD headed by Jeff Wilson.
Dillon’s 1-yard run on Green Bay’s first possession in the third quarter tied the game.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis also had a 1-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.