Tuesday, October 19, 2010
AFC East Week 6 decisive moment
By Tim Graham
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The Green Bay Packers were in a hole Sunday, but they'd been shoveling themselves out all afternoon at Lambeau Field.
They battled back to force sudden death, scoring on a fourth-and-goal run in the waning seconds to erase a Miami Dolphins lead for the third time.
A 50-yard Dolphins punt and an illegal block on the return pinned the Packers on their 16. But Aaron Rodgers has MVP mettle. Packers fans had to like their team's chances to move the ball. They'd gone for almost 360 yards already.
On third-and-6, tension was high at Lambeau. Rodgers took the shotgun snap. The pocket crumbled. He stepped up and tried to scrape past a Dolphins defender, but Rodgers was ensnared.
Cameron Wake had latched onto Rodgers' left ankle and wouldn't let go until the quarterback collapsed to the grass. Wake had his third sack of the game at a critical time. He charged out of his four-point stance and beat right tackle Bryan Bulaga, the third offensive lineman off the draft board and the 23rd prospect taken overall in April's draft.
Wake's sack ensured glorious field position after the punt. Miami took over on its 48-yard line, picked up a couple of first downs and had Dan Carpenter kick a 44-yard field goal for the overtime victory.