Green's Return Propels Pack Over Dolphins
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ahman Green returned to the lineup for Green Bay and rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown, to lead the Packers to a 34-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Green, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, scored on a 70- yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Packers, who won coming off their bye and snapped a two-game skid.
"These guys have been busting their butts since day one of training camp getting the scheme down and all," Green said. "And now you are starting to see it blossom."
Brett Favre completed 19-of-35 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns, and joined Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 55,000 yards, after coming into the contest with 54,890 career passing yards.
Donald Driver caught 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, and surpassed the 5,000 yard receiving mark for his career for the Packers (2-4).
Joey Harrington went 33-of-62 for 414 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions for the Dolphins (1-6). Harrington's 62 pass attempts set record for a regular-season game for Miami.
"It's not our plan to throw the ball 60 times," Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said. "We go two-minute out there, there aren't a whole lot of runs that you can run. We actually moved the ball a little bit better, played a little bit better when we do that."
Marty Booker hauled in seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown while Ronnie Brown rushed for 59 yards and had five receptions for 78 yards for Miami, which lost its fourth straight.
Trailing by four at the half, Green Bay outscored Miami 14-3 in the third quarter to take the lead and control of the game.
The Packers opened the second half by scoring a defensive touchdown off their third interception of the game to move in front. Charles Woodson grabbed the football after Miami's Randy McMichael deflected it along the left sideline, and Woodson ran 23 yards into the end zone to give Green Bay a 13-10 edge not even a minute into the third quarter.
Green Bay then went up 20-10 with 8:51 left in the third after Driver made a diving reception in the end zone between two defenders that was originally ruled incomplete. After a Green Bay challenge, replays clearly showed the ball never hit the ground and was a ruled a touchdown.
Miami responded on the ensuing possession and Olindo Mare's 40-yard field goal made it 20-13 with 6 1/2 minutes to play in the third quarter.
After a 45-yard field goal early in the fourth pulled Miami to within four points, Green Bay answered on its next possession as Green's 70-yard TD run down the left sideline made it 27-16.
The Dolphins answered after rookie Derek Hagan hauled in a 13-yard TD pass with 11:56 left in the fourth. A two-point conversion pass to Booker made it 27-24.
Favre and the Packers responded and put together an 80-yard drive that lasted almost six minutes and ended with David Martin catching a deflected pass in the end zone to make it 34-24 with 6:11 left remaining in the game.
Miami had a chance to add three points with just over two minutes left in the game, but Mare's 52-yard field goal attempt hit off the left upright.
Harrington got the football back late and moved Miami down to the Green Bay 23, but time expired before the Dolphins could score.
With Green Bay deep in its own territory in the first quarter, Jason Taylor came in untouched and knocked the ball away from Favre as David Bowens recovered the football for Miami at the Packers 10.
The Dolphins took advantage of the turnover immediately as Harrington hit Booker with a eight-yard touchdown strike in the middle of the end zone to make it 7-0 with just under eight minutes left in the first.
An interception by Brady Poppinga late in the first led to points for the Packers. After the pick, Favre led Green Bay on a nine-play, 30-yard drive that ended with a Dave Rayner field goal from 42 yards out to make it 7-3 with 12:08 on the second-quarter clock.
On the ensuing possession for Miami, Harrington was picked off again, this time by Nick Barnett, who snagged the ball after it tipped off the hands of McMichael with 11:22 on the clock.
With the ball on Miami's 30-yard line, Favre and the Packers were unable to get in the end zone and settled for a 34-yard field goal by Rayner to make it 7-6 with under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.
The Dolphins closed out the first half with a 10-play drive that totaled 70 yards and ended with a 32-yard field goal by Mare to make it 10-6 with just over a minute remaining until the break. The key play on the drive was a diving 40-yard reception by Booker at Green Bay's 28.
Green Bay defeated Miami for just the third time in 12 meetings...The Packers have won 9 of their last 11 games coming off the bye week...Driver has caught at least one pass in 70 straight games and now has 30 career touchdown receptions...Woodson's interception return for a touchdown was the third of his career and first since 1999...Green's touchdown was his 50th career rushing TD...Hagan's touchdown reception was his first in the league
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