MIAMI — The Packers dominated time of possession in the first half, which could become important later, and with the defense putting together a strong effort, the Packers led 10-3 at halftime on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.
The Packers extended their lead to 10-3 on a 43-yard FG by Mason Crosby midway through the second period.
The score was set up by an interception by CB Casey Hayward, who cut in front of WR Jarvis Landry on a third-down pass to get the pick. The Packers took over on the Dolphins’ 36-yard line, though it could have been the 21 had the officials not missed a facemask penalty on Hayward’s return.
The offense managed just one first down, on a 14-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson, before QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down by DE Olivier Vernon, leading to Crosby’s FG with 8:08 left in the half.
After the defense got a three-and-out, the offense had good field position across midfield with a chance for more points. But an intentional grounding penalty on Rodgers, when he threw the ball away with an unblocked DE Cameron Wake in his face, pushed the Packers back and forced a punt.
The defense came up big again, as CB Sam Shields was stride for stride with WR Brian Hartline on a deep ball and picked it off, the Packers’ second interception of the game and ninth on the season.
Once again, the offense didn’t take advantage, though. The Packers crossed midfield but stalled out and had to punt with a minute left.
The Packers defense came up with one final stop, after the Dolphins had driven to midfield. A second-down sack by Mike Neal forced a final punt.
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