Final

Packers 34

(2-4, 2-1 away)

Dolphins 24

(1-6, 1-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 22, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 6 14 1434
MIA 7 3 3 1124

Top Performers

Passing: J. Harrington (MIA) - 414 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: A. Green (GB) - 18 CAR, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Booker (MIA) - 7 REC, 110 YDS, 1 TD

Pack's struggling defense picks on Harrington, Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers' defenders were more sure-handed than the Miami Dolphins' receivers.

Ranked last in the NFL in pass defense, Green Bay intercepted Joey Harrington three times and benefited from half a dozen dropped passes by the woeful Dolphins to win 34-24 Sunday.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Despite the 414 yards, Joey Harrington (right) looked hurried, indecisive and didn't set his feet well. Harrington was just part of the problem. The Dolphins also struggled in protection, had a number of dropped passes and couldn't run the ball.

Green Bay started three rookies on the offensive line and struggled in protection, but Brett Favre remained patient, making plays without forcing interceptions. Jason Taylor made Daryn Colledge look like a rookie, beating him with several different pass rush moves, sacking Favre twice . The young line did find a groove, getting the zone run-blocking scheme going and allowing Ahman Green some space to run.

Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes, including the clincher to David Martin with six minutes left, and Ahman Green scored on a 70-yard run.

But it was big plays by Green Bay's beleaguered defense that made the difference. The Packers doubled their season interception total, and the takeaways led to 13 points.

Charles Woodson made his first interception with Green Bay and returned it 23 yards for a score. Interceptions by linebackers Brady Poppinga and Nick Barnett set up a pair of field goals.

"Today we got our hands on some balls, and we were able to give it back to the offense or take it in for a score," Woodson said. "Any time you can do that, you've got a good chance to win."

Green Bay (2-4) beat the Dolphins in Miami for the first time in seven tries, battling fatigue and cramps in steamy, 86-degree weather to finish strong.

"We were dropping like flies, but we fought through it," Green said.

The last time the Packers won in South Florida was in Vince Lombardi's final game as their coach in the 1968 Super Bowl against Oakland.

The Dolphins (1-6) dropped their fourth game in a row and remained tied for the NFL lead in losses. The mood was so glum at Dolphin Stadium that some of the most exuberant cheers were by Green Bay fans who chanted "Go, Pack, go!"

"If you think getting angry will help, I'll get plenty angry in a heartbeat," coach Nick Saban said. "I'm not sure that's going to help."

Harrington set a Miami regular-season record with 62 passing attempts. He completed 33 for a career-high 414 yards and two touchdowns, but much of the yardage came with the Dolphins trying to play catch-up in a hurry-up offense.

They scored only two touchdowns despite running 83 plays.

"A lot of things were drive-killers," Harrington said. "We dropped balls. I threw it to the other guys. We had penalties. There were a lot of things."

Woodson put the Packers ahead to stay early in the third quarter when Harrington overthrew tight end Randy McMichael in the flat. McMichael lunged to get one hand on the pass before it deflected to Woodson, who ran untouched to the end zone to put Green Bay ahead 13-10.

"That's what you live for," Woodson said. "That's what makes the game fun."

McMichael dropped at least two other passes, including one that deflected off his chest to Barnett.

"My teammates depend on me to make plays, and I didn't do that," McMichael said. "I let my teammates down."

A replay overrule gave the Packers their second touchdown on a 34-yard pass from Favre to Donald Driver. An official initially ruled that Driver failed to maintain possession as he rolled in the end zone with two defenders.

When the reversal was announced, putting Green Bay ahead 20-10, a gleeful Favre lifted Driver over his shoulder on the sideline in celebration.

"Nothing short of a miracle," Favre said regarding the overrrule.

Green broke into the clear on a simple off-tackle play and outran the secondary to make it 27-16. The Dolphins responded with their best drive of the day, moving 80 yards for rookie Derek Hagan's first NFL touchdown on a 13-yard reception with 12 minutes left.

Harrington hit Marty Booker with a 2-point conversion pass to cut the deficit to 27-24.

But Green Bay sealed the victory with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. It included an end-around by Driver on fourth-and-1 for 6 yards before Favre hit Martin with a 13-yard score.

"That last drive was our best in recent memory," Favre said. "This says a lot about what type of team we can be. We never found our rhythm, yet we won."

Game notes


Miami DE Jason Taylor left the game in the fourth quarter with a rib injury, but said it wasn't serious. DT Keith Traylor hurt his knee. ... Packers T Chad Clifton was inactive because of flu-like symptoms. WR Greg Jennings hurt his ankle in the first half. ... Miami QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) was inactive. Rookie Marcus Vick, added to the Dolphins' roster Tuesday, was inactive as their third quarterback.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
MIA
1st Downs1926
Passing 1st downs
1020
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from penalties
42
3rd down efficiency
4-157-18
4th down efficiency
2-23-3
Total Plays6683
Total Yards346448
Yards per play5.25.4
Total Drives1414
Passing191381
Comp-Att
19-3533-62
Yards per pass
5.25.8
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-154-33
Rushing15567
Rushing Attempts
2917
Yards per rush
5.33.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-3
Penalties9-748-70
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:5932:01

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre19/352065.9202-15
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harrington33/624146.7234-33

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green181186.6170
Favre11414.0014
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown15593.9015
Morris155.005

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver10939.3134
Martin23115.5118
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Booker711015.7140
McMichael77711.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBMIA
miaTD7:56Marty Booker, 8 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 8 yds, 0:00
07
SECOND QUARTERGBMIA
gbFG12:12Dave Rayner 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 30 yds, 3:44
37
gbFG9:54Dave Rayner 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yds, 1:32
67
miaFG1:07Olindo Mare 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 4:29
610
THIRD QUARTERGBMIA
gbTD14:19Charles Woodson, 23 yd interception return (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 3 yds, 0:50
1310
gbTD8:59Donald Driver, 34 yd pass from Brett Favre (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 64 yds, 2:46
2010
miaFG6:34Olindo Mare 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 39 yds, 2:21
2013
FOURTH QUARTERGBMIA
miaFG13:33Olindo Mare 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 41 yds, 4:01
2016
gbTD13:26Ahman Green, 70 yd run (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 70 yds, 0:14
2716
miaTD12:02Derek Hagan, 13 yd pass from Joey Harrington
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 1:18
2722
gbTD6:17David Martin, 13 yd pass from Brett Favre (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:45
3424