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Packers Lose Again In OT


Green Bay, Wis. (WHBL-Learfield) - The Green Bay Packers lost in overtime for the second straight week, 23-20 to Miami yesterday at Lambeau Field. Dan Carpenter won it with a 44-yard field goal at 5:59 into the extra period. Aaron Rodgers scored with 13 seconds left in regulation on a fourth-down sneak from a yard out, and Mason Crosby tied the game with the extra point. Both teams had possessions in the overtime before Miami started its final drive at its own 48-yard line. The Dolphins took advantage of an injury-depleted Green Bay defense as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams ran it up the gut. And Carpenter kicked his third field goal of the day to win it. It improved Miami's record to 3-and-0 on the road and 3-and-2 overall. And it vindicated the Dolphins' special teams, after former Packers' special teams' coach John Bonemago was fired by Miami two weeks ago. Greg Jennings, who complained last week about not getting the ball enough, scored the Packers' only other touchdown on an 86-yard pass from Rodgers. Jennings had six catches on the day for 133 yards – the first 100-yard game by a Green Bay receiver this year. Rodgers completed 18-of-33 passes for 313 yards and one interception. And he was sacked five times as he came off a concussion a week ago. The Packers fell to 3-and-3, and they ended a six-game home winning streak. They’ll host Minnesota next Sunday night.

Green Bay's defense clearly suffered without injured linebacker Clay Matthews and nose tackle Ryan Pickett. And linebacker Brady Poppinga went out in the first half yesterday, after hurting a left knee that was surgically-rebuilt in 2005. Brandon Jackson had 19 carries for 53 yards for the Packers. Dolphins' quarterback Chad Henne threw for 231 yards, two scores, and interception. Brandon Marshall caught 10 of Henne's passes for 127 yards. Williams and Brown combined for 137 rushing yards, with the veteran Williams getting 73 yards on 19 carries. Miami had a slight edge in total yards, 381-to-359.