Defense forces 4 turnovers as Packers rally past Dolphins

Defense Forces 4 Turnovers As Packers Rally Past Dolphins
Jim Rassol, Associated Press

Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle gets tackled by Packers safety Adrian Amos during the first half of Sunday's game in Miami Gardens, Fla.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Green Bay’s defense intercepted Tua Tagovailoa three times in the fourth quarter to help the Packers come from behind to defeat the Miami Dolphins 26-20 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards and a touchdown and had one interception for the Packers, who have won their last three games after starting the season 4-8.

Miami lost its fourth straight game and must win its final two to make the postseason.

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 bid. He threw a pick with about six minutes left that set up a Packers field goal to make it a six-point game.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby hit a go-ahead field goal early in the fourth after back-to-back turnovers by both offenses.

Undrafted Miami rookie Kader Kohou intercepted a pass by Rodgers intended for Allen Lazard, but the Dolphins gave it right back when cornerback Jaire Alexander intercepted Tagovailoa on the very next play.

Miami’s defense held the Packers to six points off turnovers in the second half to keep the Dolphins in it after blowing a 20-10 first-half lead.

The Dolphins held Green Bay to two scores in five trips to the red zone.

A.J. Dillon led the Packers with 36 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Allen Lazard had 61 yards receiving on five catches.

Tyreek Hill had four catches for Miami to give him 113 for the season, setting a Dolphins’ single-season receiving record. Jaylen Waddle added five receptions for 143 yards.

But Miami spoiled those big 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 has thrown all season.

RAMS 51, BRONCOS 14: Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Higbee, Cam Akers rushed for 118 yards and three more scores, and Los Angeles routed visiting Denver for its second victory since mid-October.

Mayfield went 24 of 28 for 230 yards in another standout performance for his second Rams win in three starts.

Rookie Cobie Durant returned his second interception 85 yards for a touchdown with 4:08 left to cap the Rams’ first 50-point performance under Sean McVay since their famed 54-51 victory over Kansas City in 2018.

For at least one more week, Los Angeles avoided becoming the first defending Super Bowl champion to lose 11 games.

BUCCANEERS 19, CARDINALS 16 (OT): Tom Brady and Tampa Bay maintained control of the NFC South, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat host Arizona in overtime. Ryan Succop hit a 40-yard field goal with 3:41 left in OT, capping a nine-play, 66-yard drive. The Cardinals have lost five straight games.