Packers keep playoff hopes alive by intercepting Tua Tagovailoa three times in fourth

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Green Bay 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 (7-8), who have won their last three games after starting the season 4-8.

Miami (8-7) lost its fourth straight game and must win its last two games to qualify for the playoffs.

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 attempt. 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 scored a field goal early in the fourth after back-to-back turnovers by both offenses.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) threw three fourth quarter interceptions in a loss to the Packers on Dec. 25, 2022.
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Undrafted Miami rookie Kader Kohou intercepted a Rodgers pass intended for Allen Lazard, but the Dolphins returned it immediately when cornerback Jaire Alexander intercepted Tagovailoa on the very next play.

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

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

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

Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas (29) celebrates his interception against the Dolphins on December 25, 2022.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas (29) celebrates his interception against the Dolphins on December 25, 2022.
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Tyreek Hill had four catches for Miami to give it 113 for the season, setting a single-season receiving record for the Dolphins. Jaylen Waddle added five receptions for 143 yards.

But Miami has ruined those great 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 threw all season.

Miami committed early in the rush game, rushing for 82 yards against Green Bay after a season-high 188 yards against Buffalo in Week 15.

The Dolphins rushed four times for 38 yards in their first practice and took a 3-0 lead, and Green Bay responded with a field goal to tie the game after Keisean Nixon’s 93-yard return put the Packers in the lead. 9 yard line.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates after a win over the Dolphins on December 25, 2022.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates after a win over the Dolphins on December 25, 2022.
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Miami built a 20-13 halftime lead after an 84-yard TD by Waddle and a 1-yard TD headed by Jeff Wilson.

Dillon’s 1-yard run on Green Bay’s first possession in the third quarter tied the game.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis also had a 1-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

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