Green Bay Packers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Christmas Day Win over Miami Dolphins

It’s the most WONderful time of the year as the Green Bay Packers (7-8) get a huge win over the Miami Dolphins (8-7), 26-20, from inside Hard Rock Stadium.

There’s a lot left for the Packers to do, but what a weekend. Lions, Commanders, Seahawks and Giants all lost and the Packers got the win.

The Packers trailed 20-13. On the opening drive of the third quarter, the Packers went 78 yards for a touchdown to tie it up at 20-20, in large part set up by a 31-yard completion to Marcedes Big Dog Lewis to the Miami 7-yard line, which got me barking like a dog.

The Packers kicked a field goal to take a 26-20 lead with 2:02 remaining and Miami had no timeouts left. The season was in the hands of Joe Barry and the defense. I immediately thought of the scene from The Big Lebowski “Her life is in your hands. Her life is in your hands, dude.”

Tua Tagovailoa threw an interception right to Rasul Douglas with 1:29 remaining to end the ball game.

Green Bay still needs to win the final two games of the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings (12-3) and Detroit Lions (7-8), both games at Lambeau Field. But the Packers enter Week 17 just a half game behind the Washington Commanders.

The Packers simplest path to the playoffs is:

Win out and either (1) Washington loses once and/or (2) the New York Giants lose twice. Per ESPN Stats & Info, there are still possibilities at 8-9 as well.

The playoffs are an absolute, real possibility. Stunning.


Today’s game was a roller coaster of emotions. I’m getting too old for this stuff.

The Packers defense played better in the second half, but did get bailed out by some bad throws by Tua.

Aaron Rodgers on being 7-8 and with chances looking up: “Considering where we were two weeks ago, a lot has happened in our favor.” He went on to say: “We played meaningful games in December and we won all three of those. Now we’re playing meaningful games in January and got to win those.”

Up Next:

The Green Bay Packers will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, January 1st. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. (Central Time) and will be televised on CBS.

Before that, it’s Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders at noon (Central Tine) Sunday on Fox.

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