Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
With just two minutes to go, the ball on about the 40-yard line and no timeouts left, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers had to score a touchdown to win the game. As we all know, that’s exactly what they did. Cameron Wake explained what went on during that last drive that sent so many Dolphins fans into a state of sadness and anger yesterday.
“If you ask me to take that back ten times out of ten, I would have taken it. Especially the way I am, the way our defense is. That’s the kind of game we thought we were going to have and that’s the kind of game we wanted to be on our shoulders to close the game out. Exactly like I said, just one stop, no timeouts, fifty yards, that’s got to be something we close out. They made one more play than we did and we didn’t get this win.”
At one point, the Dolphins had the Packers at 4th and 10 and just needed to make one stop to end the game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do it.
“Fourth and ten – the whole situation – in my opinion at the time played into our hands. That’s exactly what we wanted. I’d love to have it on my back to close the game out. That’s the game. One play, one play will change the finish of the game. We had a lot of opportunities to not even be in that situation, but it went down to the last drive and we didn’t close it out.”
The biggest criticism, as we all know, was whether or not Joe Philbin made the right call to call a timeout on that fourth down play. Wake isn’t sure he knows the answer as to whether that was right or wrong.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know. I don’t care if there’s no time on it or it is. It’s fourth and ten. You got to have it. It doesn’t matter. You pin your ears back. This is the end. Empty the tank. They converted, and we had to start over. No matter the situation, timeout or not, you still got to get the job done.”
It was a day of mixed emotions, a day of what could’ve been and now, it will be a week of what the Dolphins need to do to get back on track.