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Favre, Packers continue Dolphins' disappointing season

Oct 22, 2006 - 8:53 PM MIAMI (Ticker) -- Brett Favre made his second career start in Miami a memorable one.

Favre threw two touchdown passes and Ahman Green ran for another score as the Green Bay Packers posted a 34-24 victory over the struggling Miami Dolphins in an interconference contest.

Chasing Dan Marino for two all-time passing records, Favre joined the legendary quarterback as the second player to reach 55,000 passing yards on the field that helped build Marino's legend.

"We never got in a rhythm, but yet we won the game," Favre said. "We hung in there and there's a lot to be said for that. As for where we go in crunch time, I don't really have a feel for it. Both teams were struggling coming into the game and I still say that both teams are struggling coming out of it."

"I wasn't thinking all week about facing Brett Favre," said Miami defensive end Jason Taylor, who had two sacks of Favre that resulted in turnovers. "He's a great player and a Hall of Famer but I was concerned with winning."

It was Favre's first win at Dolphin Stadium. His only other appearance came in 2000 when he completed 21-of-34 passes for 194 yards with an interception in a 28-20 loss.

The future Hall of Fame signal-caller was 19-for-35 for 206 yards, increasing his career total to 55,096 yards in his illustrious 16-year career. Favre's 405 career TDs are second to Marino (420).

Green ran for 118 yards on 18 carries, including a 70-yard scoring run to make it 27-16 with 13:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was Green's 50th career rushing touchdown - all but one coming with the Packers (2-4).

"It feels good, but it's just a number," Green said. "I just told myself just one leg at a time. And I hit the sidelines and I saw where (the defender) was at and I realized he took a bad angle, and I knew I could get him."

Cornerback Charles Woodson returned an interception 23 yards for a score that put the Packers up for good, 13-10, just under a minute into the second half.

"You need those (big plays) throughout the course of the game," Woodson said. "I'm just blessed to be the guy to start it off and after that, guys just began to rally. Big play from Ahman, big play from Donald Driver. That catch in the end zone, by David Martin, that's one of the greatest catches I've seen in a long time."

Driver had 10 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. He made an acrobatic 34-yard TD catch that was first ruled incomplete before being overturned to make it 20-10 with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter.

"I didn't know that (Favre had never thrown a TD in Miami)," Driver said. "We'll take it all day long. Even though he's played for 16 years, he's still having fun out there. And that makes me want to go out there and play my heart out for him."

Making his third consecutive start, Joey Harrington was 33-for-62 for 414 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Dolphins (1-6), who have lost four straight contests and are in last place in the AFC East.

"I'm not mad at anybody. I'm not disappointed, I'm not frustrated," Miami coach Nick Saban said. "We're not pleased with where we are. If being angry will help (get this team wins) I'll jump up on this table and get angry."

The Dolphins were picked by some experts to host the Super Bowl in their own stadium, but now would likely have to win out to make the playoffs.

"It's not a confidence issue for us," Harrington said. "We have stopped ourselves far too many times this season to be successful."

So are the Dolphins just a lousy football team?

"I think we're a good team doing bad things," running back Ronnie Brown said. "In the first week we were making the same mistakes we're making today. ... We're not getting better."

Saban was asked if his team had any prime time players.

"If they play like they're capable of, I do," Saban said. "Some of them are not playing. There's one playing in Canada (Ricky Williams) and one (Daunte Culpepper) that's hurt right now."

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