But afterward those thoughts weren’t worth much to Jennings.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “This whole game, obviously we have to take some things from it and leave some things behind, but we have to get back in the win column, period. Period.”
The 86-yarder topped Jennings’ previous career-long catch of an 83-yard touchdown at Pittsburgh last season. That also was the longest completion of Rodgers’ career until Sunday.
Jennings’ TD also was the longest pass completion by the Packers in a regular-season game since Robert Brooks’ 99-yard TD catch from Brett Favre on Sept. 11, 1995, at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Monday Night Football. Including playoffs, it was the Packers’ longest play since Donald Driver’s 90-yard TD against the New York Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship.
Jennings finished with six catches for 133 yards, his highest yardage total since a 167-yard outing back on Sept. 14, 2008, at Detroit. It was Jennings’ 15th career 100-yard game but first in 2010 after having five in each of the last two seasons.
But Jennings, who expressed his frustration during the week at his lack of opportunities and production following three straight games with just two receptions each, was far more concerned with the offense’s performance as a whole, saying the unit looks like it’s “putting along” in unacceptable fashion.
“It feels choppy, especially on offense,” he said. “For whatever reason we’re not being as methodical as we’re capable of being, and quite frankly, we’re all tired of saying it each week. We need to make some changes and do some things better as a unit. That’s overall.”
Another high hit
Rodgers is clearly getting tired of hits to his head that aren’t drawing flags. Last week, Rodgers suffered a concussion on his last pass in overtime in Washington, and this past week the league essentially admitted the interception should have been nullified by a penalty because defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was fined for a blow to Rodgers’ head.
On Sunday, Rodgers mentioned in his press conference that he absorbed another blow to the head, this one from defensive tackle Randy Starks on a third-quarter completion to Jordy Nelson.
“I took a shot in the chin and chipped two teeth and, … no call,” Rodgers said.
He said nothing else about the matter, though, so as not to incur a fine of his own.
More career longs
With tight end Jermichael Finley out indefinitely and Donald Lee playing only sparingly on Sunday, the Packers’ other two tight ends each caught a career-long pass.
Tom Crabtree hauled in a 33-yard reception in the first quarter, helping to set up a field goal on the game’s opening possession. Then rookie Andrew Quarless had a 23-yard catch in the second quarter, topping his 21-yard reception in the fourth quarter last week at Washington.
Had the Dolphins not used two running backs so liberally, they probably would have broken Green Bay’s streak of not allowing a running back to top 100 yards. But neither Ronnie Brown (19 carries, 73 yards) nor Ricky Williams (13 carries, 64 yards) hit 100, so the Packers’ streak was extended to 19 games, the longest current streak in the NFL.
That’s the second-longest streak in team history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, behind only a 24-game stretch in 1970-71.
Odds & Ends
--The last time the Packers played back-to-back overtime games was on Oct. 11-18, 1987. Both were replacement games during the players’ strike, and both were at Lambeau Field. The Packers went 1-1 then, losing to Detroit by a field goal but scoring an overtime TD to beat Philadelphia.
--Driver has now played in 167 regular-season games, tying him with tight end Ed West and long snapper Rob Davis for No. 7 on the team’s all-time list.
Linebacker Brady Poppinga left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. That was the Packers’ only reported injury from the contest.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the team worked out both defensive end Ryan Pickett (ankle) and linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) before the game, but they were “not close enough” to being able to play.