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.

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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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