"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
"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
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
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
"That's what you live for," Woodson said. "That's what makes the game
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
"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
Miami DE Jason Taylor left the game in the fourth quarter with
a rib injury. 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
Woodson's interception return for a score was his third, and his first
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The Packers defense engulfs Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown in the first quarter. (AP)