Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wrap-up: Dolphins 23, Packers 20
By Tim Graham
Wrapping up the Miami Dolphins' 23-20 overtime win against the Green Bay Packers.
What it means: In an overtime thriller, the Dolphins remained unbeaten on the road and kept themselves in the thick of the AFC East race.
Heroes: Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake registered three sacks, including one on third down deep in Packers territory to force a punt in overtime. Dan Carpenter kicked a 44-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to win the game.
Special teams rebound: After an atrocious performance against the New England Patriots two weeks ago that led to coordinator John Bonamego being fired the next morning, the Dolphins had a tidy day on special teams. Nolan Carroll averaged 26.0 yards on kick returns. Davone Bess averaged 11.5 yards on punt returns. Brandon Fields averaged 41.8 yards per punt and didn't have any blocked. Carpenter capped the day with his big overtime kick. He hit from 53 yards and 41 yards earlier.
Trending: The Dolphins didn't have more rushing attempts than pass plays for the third straight game, despite playing much of the game with a lead and head coach Tony Sparano's comments suggesting last week they preferred to run. Chad Henne passed 39 times for 231 yards (two touchdowns, one interception), while Dolphins running backs combined for 35 carries.
Marshall law: Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall had a busy afternoon with 10 receptions for 127 yards. He hit the century mark by halftime and was much quieter in the second half.
What's next: The Dolphins will try to pick up their first home victory Sunday against the hot-shot Pittsburgh Steelers in Sun Life Stadium.