Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) gestures after
scoring the game winning touchdown during the second half of
an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday,
Oct. 12, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Packers defeated
the Dolphins 27-24.
GREEN BAY— Mike
McCarthy likes to challenge his players to follow up strong
performances with even better ones.
The Green Bay
Packers coach calls it "stacking successes."
And while any
victory can serve that purpose, McCarthy acknowledged Monday that
building blocks don't come better than the Packers' 27-24
come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins in sweltering
South Florida on Sunday.
"A big part
of winning in this league is confidence. It obviously adds to your
confidence," McCarthy said one day after Aaron Rodgers'
4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless with 3 seconds
left gave the Packers (4-2) their third consecutive win.
investment in confidence and in one another, from one unit to the
next; everybody involved. But it's also lessons of overcoming
adversity. You cannot overcome enough adversity in the course of a
game, during the preparation week. Those are all great lessons to
learn from and add to that investment of confidence."
Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gestures during the
second half of an NFL football game against the Miami
Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Even if McCarthy
didn't really get to revel in the celebration of Quarless'
"I wish I
would enjoy these games more than I do. It wears me out,"
McCarthy said with a chuckle. "You go home and you see, 'Boy,
that was a heck of a game.' It just didn't look that way from
where I was standing. You still have a job to do."
who is 91-52-1 in nine seasons as coach, the Packers haven't had
many such rallies — in part because they're seldom behind.
Sunday's win marked only the 11th time Rodgers had engineered a
game-winning fourth-quarter or overtime drive.
And while Rodgers
received much of the credit afterward, the quarterback pointed to
the contributions from a variety of teammates who made it
possible: Safety Micah Hyde gave the offense great field position
with a heads-up punt return; guard T.J. Lang saved the game by
recovering a third-down fumble by Rodgers; wide receivers Jordy
Nelson and Randall Cobb each had critical catches on the final
drive; rookie wideout Davante Adams picked up on Rodgers' presnap
signal and was ready for Rodgers' fake-spike pass that gained 12
yards on the play before the decisive TD.
who'd spent much of the game pestering Rodgers to throw him the
ball if a linebacker was on him, got his wish when Rodgers changed
the play at the line of scrimmage and hit him with a back-shoulder
it's very important to the team just as far as everybody's
confidence," Quarless said Monday. "It just shows you
that you're getting stronger."
Bay Packers center Corey Linsley (63) runs to tight end
Andrew Quarless (81) after Quarless caught the game winning
touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game
against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Miami
Gardens, Fla. The Packers won 27-24.
And sometimes, it
takes a fantastic finish.
Last season, when
Rodgers missed seven starts with a broken left collarbone, backup
Matt Flynn engineered three fourth-quarter comebacks. Then, with
the NFC North title and a berth in the playoffs on the line, in
his return to action, Rodgers threw a last-minute, 48-yard,
fourth-down touchdown pass to Cobb in a 33-28 victory at Chicago.
Huge for team morale," Flynn said of the impact of a
comeback. "To be able to pull that off, in a game that came
down to the fourth quarter, to get a stop on defense, score on
offense, it's a big, big confidence booster."
losing starting cornerbacks Sam Shields (knee) and Tramon Williams
(ankle) in a three-play span Sunday, and losing starting inside
linebacker Jamari Lattimore (neck) in the first half, McCarthy was
relieved that none of the injuries are considered major. McCarthy
said he had not spoken to team physician Patrick McKenzie but
general manager Ted Thompson had. "I know his conversation
with Dr. McKenzie, none of them were long-term (injuries),"
McCarthy said. "But how fast (they will return) is still to
be determined." . McCarthy said he is not concerned that star
outside linebacker Clay Matthews has just one sack through six
games. "I'm very comfortable with the way Clay's
playing," McCarthy said. "Production doesn't always
reflect the performance. . Clay's a big-time player. Production
will come. And I think history will show you it usually comes in