Game recap: Miami Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa fall to Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers

It's a Christmas date in Miami for the Dolphins and Packers in Week 16 of the NFL regular season.

Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins (8-6) are looking to shake off a three-game losing streak, but it won't be easy against a desperate Green Bay Packers (6-8) team led by veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers are clinging to playoff hopes and need to win out to have a chance to overtake the Washington Commanders (7-6-1) for the NFC's final Wild Card spot.

After losing last week to the Bills in Buffalo, the Dolphins are in a dead-heat with the Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) for the final playoff spot in the AFC. Los Angeles faces the Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1) in Week 16.

Tua Tagovailoa narrowly missed out on claiming his first career Pro Bowl spot this week despite continuing to lead the NFL in passer rating (107.8).

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has piled up 109 catches for 1,529 yards and seven touchdowns as he's already set the franchise record for single-season receiving yards.

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3:55 p.m. | Packers add to lead against Dolphins late in 4th quarter

Crosby 26-yard field goal 2:02 to play gives Green Bay 26-20 lead.

3:38 p.m. | Packers pick off Tua for second time today

Appears Dolphins QB and receiver not on the same page as Green Bay holds lead and stops Miami drive with six minutes to play.

3:23 p.m. | Packers take lead on Mason Crosby field goal after Tua interception

Tua throws into traffic, trying to hit Hill, picked off by Jaire Alexander, whose return puts Green Bay at the Miami 14. Drive stalls and Crosby's field goal gives Pack 23-20 lead, their first lead of the day with slightly more than 11 minutes to play.

3:17 p.m. | Can Dolphins take advantage of Kader Kohou's first NFL interception early in fourth quarter?

Both teams need the win. Who gets it on Christmas?

3:07 p.m. | Jason Sanders misses on field goal late in the third quarter

Sanders misses from 48 yards, wide right. Game remains tied.

2:57 p.m. | Packers open second half with TD drive, game tied up at 20

Rodgers to Lewis big pass sets up Packers for the score, coming on a 1-yard run by A.J. Dillon, his fifth TD of the month. Green Bay goes 11 plays, 78 yards on first possession of the third quarter.

2:45 p.m. | Tua's first-half numbers vs. Packers

Tagovailoa was 9 of 12 for 229 yards and the TD pass to Waddle.

2:30 p.m. | Dolphins lead Packers 20-13 at halftime

Field goal by Crosby (46 yards) makes it a 7-point game at the end of the second quarter.

2:12 p.m. | Jason Sanders' field goal puts Dolphins up by 10

Sanders' 36-yard field goal late in the second quarter gives Dolphins a 20-10 lead.

2:04 p.m. | Bradley Chubb sidelined with hand injury

Dolphins linebacker is questionable to return.

1:58 p.m. | Cheetah helps Dolphins retake lead early in second quarter

Jeff Wilson scores to give Miami 17-10 lead, but it was Tua to Tyreek Hill on a 52-yard pass that set up the Dolphins on the Green Bay 1-yard line.

1:35 p.m. | Aaron Rodgers' TD pass on fourth down ties game, 10-10

Dec 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) makes a catch before running for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) makes a catch before running for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Sanders' mishit on a kickoff squib kick sets up Green Bay in great field position near midfield, and Packers eventually knot the score on 2-yard TD pass from Rodgers to Mercedes Lewis on fourth down.

1:22 p.m. | Tua to Waddle puts Miami out front 10-3

Tua Tagovailoa hits Jaylen Waddle off play-action and a deep crossing route and ends up with an 84-yard touchdown pass and a 10-3 lead. Defenses still celebrating Christmas.

1:18 p.m. | Packers tie game with help from 93-yard kickoff return

Despite allowing a 93-yard kickoff return, the Dolphins defense held the Pack to a field goal. Elandon Roberts' sack of Aaron Rodgers on second down was the key play.

1:12 p.m. | Jason Sanders puts Dolphins on the board first

The Dolphins took the opening kickoff and drove into Packers territory before stalling and jumping to a 3-0 lead off Jason Sanders' 46-yard field goal. Strong running by Raheem Mostert, 3 carries for 33 yards, powered the 8-play, 52-yrd drive.

11:30 a.m. | RB Jeff Wilson, QB Teddy Bridgewater active for Dolphins

The Dolphins are relatively healthy for today's game vs. the Packers.

Running back Jeff Wilson is back in uniform after missing the Buffalo game with a hip injury.

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) also is back as the backup to Tua Tagovailoa.

Inactives for both teams:


  • #3 RB Myles Gaskin

  • #9 CB Noah Igbinoghene

  • #18 WR Erik Euzkanma

  • #19 QB Skylar Thompson

  • #79 T Eric Fisher

  • #80 TE Tanner Conner

  • #85 WR River Cracraft


  • #22 CB Shemar Jean-Charles

  • #53 LB Jonathan Garvin

  • #69 T David Bakhtiari

  • #72 T Caleb Jones

  • #99 DL Jonathan Ford

11:30 a.m. | Baby, it's cold outside (at Hard Rock Stadium)

After all the talk about weather conditions last weekend in Buffalo, the Dolphins are playing in (almost) Green Bay weather today.

The "feels like" temperature was 39 degrees about 1 1/2 hours before kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium. And it was gray and damp.

The coldest-ever Dolphins game in Miami occurred on Dec. 24, 1989, when it was 40 degrees and fans scrambled for coveted seats in the sun.

The Dolphins beat the Chiefs 27-24 that day.

11 a.m. | Dolphins vs. Packers predictions: Who are NFL experts picking to win?

The Dolphins have certainly been the better team all season, but at least one national NFL analyst says Aaron Rodgers is up to the challenge Sunday. "The Packers' defense is bad against the run, but the Dolphins are inconsistent running it."

On the other hand, says another: "The Packers have won two in a row, but the wins were against teams with a combined seven victories."

What time is the Dolphins game today?

Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, December 25

What channel is the Dolphins game on?

TV: Fox, YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial), fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Live stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL+ (7-day free trial)

How can I listen to Miami Dolphins game on radio?

Radio: WQAM 560; SiriusXM Channel 225

Online radio: (Channel 819)

What's the latest betting line for Dolphins vs. Packers?

Miami is a 6-point favorite over Green Bay, according to Tipico, the oddsmaker for USA TODAY. The over-under is 46.5 points.

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