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— For a change, it was the Pack­ers in a run­away.

Aaron Jones ran for ca­reer highs of 145 yards and two scores, Aaron Rodgers and Da­vante Adams con­nected for two touch­down passes and the Green Bay beat the Mi­ami Dol­phins 31-12 on Sun­day.

The Pack­ers (4-4-1) pulled away in the sec­ond half, sand­wich­ing scor­ing drives around cor­ner­back Bashaud Bree­land’s in­ter­cep­tion deep in Mi­ami ter­ri­tory. Green Bay went ahead 28-12 on Adams’ 25-yard touch­down catch with 7:24 left in the third quar­ter.

“This league has al­ways been about big plays,” coach Mike Mc­Carthy said. “You can’t score points without big plays and you have to make big plays to win the game.”

Maybe this is the vic­tory that will get the Pack­ers go­ing in the tight NFC North race fol­low­ing a choppy first half of the sea­son.

Ja­son Sanders tied a Dol­phins fran­chise rookie record with four field goals, but Mi­ami (5-5) couldn’t find the end zone. The Dol­phins squan­dered an­other op­por­tu­nity on the game-open­ing drive af­ter Brock Osweiler fum­bled away a shot­gun snap.

The Pack­ers cashed in on that turnover, too, when Rodgers and Adams con­nected on their first touch­down for a 7-0 lead.

“We turned it over and we didn’t take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Dol­phins coach Adam Gase said.

His de­fense also had trou­ble slow­ing down Jones, who fin­ished with 15 car­ries to give Green Bay some much-needed bal­ance.

A slash­ing style and an ex­plo­sive burst through the hole make Jones a threat to bust a big run on any carry. He ac­counted for 54 yards of to­tal of­fense on the open­ing drive alone. Jones added a ca­reer­long 67-yarder to give him 96 yards on four car­ries in the first quar­ter alone.

“We got the run game go­ing. We had a lot more bal­ance, which we hadn’t had all sea­son,” said Rodgers, who was 19 of 28 for 199 yards.

Adams had four catches for 57 yards.

Run­ning away: Jones said he had about 10 fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing both of his par­ents, in the stands at Lam­beau to watch his ca­reer night. “It means a lot. I didn’t tell any­body, but I made this game for my par­ents. So now I’ve got two

touch­down balls to give to both of them,” he said. “It works out. It’s a bless­ing.”

Brock stops here: Osweiler was 23 of 37 for 213 yards in his fifth start for the in­jured Ryan Tan­nehill. Mi­ami had 294 yards of to­tal of­fense, an ad­mirable ef­fort given that they were miss­ing three start­ing of­fen­sive line­men. But Osweiler was sacked six times, in­clud­ing three straight plays late in the fourth quar­ter. “Over­all, I just need to be bet­ter and this or­ga­ni­za­tion de­serves bet­ter be­cause we left a lot on the table out there tonight,” Osweiler said. Record run: A 9-yard run with about 3½ min­utes left in the first quar­ter put Mi­ami’s Frank Gore over the 500-yard mark for an NFL-record 14th straight sea­son.

He broke a tie with Hall of Famers Em­mitt Smith and Wal­ter Pay­ton.

Costly kick: Sanders booted a kick­off out of bounds af­ter his fourth field goal to al­low the Pack­ers to start their next drive at the 40, which ended with a 10-yard touch­down run by Jones.

Un­daunted Dol­phins: Gase said the team be­lieved they could win on Sun­day de­spite so many in­juries, not in­clud­ing the ones that hap­pened dur­ing the game. Mi­ami forced two turnovers on spe­cial teams, block­ing a punt and forc­ing Tra­mon Wil­liams to fum­ble on a re­turn for good field po­si­tion each time. “That field po­si­tion, we didn’t take ad­van­tage of,” Gase said. “Those type of things, you can’t do against this guy (Rodgers). You do that, it’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore he makes it right.”

In­juries: Pack­ers: A de­fense al­ready miss­ing CB Kevin King (ham­string) lost two more starters in the first half when S Ken­trell Brice de­parted with an an­kle in­jury and line­backer Nick Perry limped off with a knee in­jury. Brice (knee) and Perry (an­kle) had been on the in­jury re­port last week for other ail­ments. … OL Lu­cas Patrick (con­cus­sion pro­to­col) did not re­turn af­ter tak­ing a hard hit while re­turn­ing a short kick­off in the first quar­ter. … In the fourth quar­ter, Bree­land left with a groin in­jury.

Dol­phins: RB Kenyan Drake left with a knee in­jury in the sec­ond quar­ter. … WRs Da­vante Parker (shoul­der) and Ja­keem Grant (leg) left in the third quar­ter.


Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers is all smiles af­ter help­ing de­feat the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Sun­day.

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