Final

Dolphins 27

(5-6, 2-4 away)

Lions 10

(2-9, 2-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

12:30 PM ET, November 23, 2006

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 7 7 10 327
DET 10 0 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kitna (DET) - 252 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Morris (MIA) - 12 CAR, 91 YDS

Receiving: R. Williams (DET) - 6 REC, 126 YDS

Harrington rallies Dolphins past ex-team for 4th straight win

DETROIT (AP) -- Joey Harrington's face was splashed across the video boards while Billy Joel's "Piano Man" played -- a jab at the quarterback's piano playing.

Harrington got the last laugh.

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The Lions took a 10-0 lead over the Dolphins only to see Miami roar back to take a 27-10 win. It had been just two days short of five years since the Dolphins had last won a road game in which they faced a double-digit deficit. Back on Nov. 25, 2001, Dave Wannstedt's Dolphins overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Bills 34-27 in Buffalo.

You have to go back 20 years to find the last time that a visiting team won a Thanksgiving Day game after having fallen behind by 10 or more points. In 1986, the Packers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat the Lions 44-40 at the Pontiac Silverdome.

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He threw three touchdown passes Thursday to help the Miami Dolphins erase a 10-point deficit and roll to a 27-10 victory over the Detroit Lions, who drafted him third overall in 2002 and gave up on him earlier this year.

Harrington said the song meant to mock him was clever, not a cheap shot.

"I'm proud of who I am and what I do," he said. "If anybody wants to sit down and play a little bit, I'll be happy to take them on."

Harrington did find it interesting that he was the only Miami offensive player the public-address announcer introduced before the game.

"It was for all those people that wanted to boo me," he said. "And, they did."

Not for long.

By the third quarter, with the Lions trailing 17-10 after another poor possession by their offense, Harrington said his lineman told him they didn't need silent counts because they could hear him from the shotgun.

That's because the fans stopped booing Harrington and directed their frustration at team president Matt Millen with the loudest "Fire Mil-len!" chants of the season.

Detroit is an NFL-worst 23-68 since Millen took control of the franchise in 2001.

"Matt's not down here playing football, we are," Lions linebacker Boss Bailey bristled. "If they want to chant 'Fire Millen,' they should be chanting to fire the whole damn team. All Matt does is bring in players, and every year we talk about how much talent we have. So it should be on us. This isn't about Matt."

Miami (5-6) has won four straight -- doubling Harrington's longest winning streak in any of his four seasons in Detroit. The Lions (2-9) dropped their third straight in a game that ended much differently from the way it began.

Detroit went ahead 10-0 on its first two drives and held the Dolphins to 6 yards on their first possession.

Harrington's second TD pass put Miami ahead with 1:55 left in the first half and his third made it 24-10 late in the third.

The aisles were packed with people heading home for Thanksgiving dinner when the Dolphins were leading 27-10 early in the fourth quarter, and the stands were nearly empty when the game ended.

"I watched the heads of the players on the other team and watched people leave and it was tough to keep my emotions in check," Harrington said. "I was thinking, 'I remember being on that sideline. I remember what that felt like.' More than anything, there are guys over there that deserve to win and I really hope they get this turned around."

Rod Marinelli -- the third coach Millen has hired -- and offensive coordinator Mike Martz decided to replace Harrington in the offseason, apparently thinking free agents Jon Kitna and Josh McCown were upgrades.

Kitna has had a lackluster season and his shaky offensive line, which couldn't even slow Miami's three- and four-man rushes, prevented that from changing against the Dolphins.

"That was the key to the game," Miami coach Nick Saban said. "Early, when they hit Roy Williams for two big plays, we were rushing five guys. I said, 'No more, we're rushing four."

Despite the lack of blitzing, Miami had eight sacks -- one shy of the franchise record set in 1973.

Kitna was 22-of-40 for 252 yards with a TD, an interception and a fumble.

Williams had five catches -- all for first downs -- for 110 yards in the first quarter, then didn't have another reception until early in the fourth and finished with 126 yards receiving.

The Lions, without running back Kevin Jones (ankle), had just 21 yards rushing.

Harrington played on Thanksgiving in Detroit for the fifth time and had his best game on the holiday, perhaps because he doesn't play for the Lions anymore.

The former Oregon star was traded in May for a conditional draft pick that could be a fifth-rounder. He entered the game 1-3 on Thanksgiving with no TDs, five interceptions and an average of 153 yards passing -- a total he surpassed in the first half alone.

Harrington finished 19-of-29 for a Thanksgiving-high 213 yards, three TDs and an interception.

He directed a balanced attack, led by Marty Booker's seven receptions for 115 yards and two TDs. Ronnie Brown ran for 68 yards before leaving with an injured left hand early in the third quarter, and Sammy Morris filled in well with 91 yards rushing -- including a career-long 55-yard run.

The fans at Ford Field, where Harrington was booed unmercifully even at a practice, jeered him when he ran on the field for his first drive and every time he was shown on the video boards, which displayed numerous close-up shots of his face.

While Harrington took it all in stride and laughed about it, his coach did not.

"It's a shame people can't appreciate what he tried to do for this organization," Saban said. "To be honest for you, I don't have a lot of respect for what they did."

Game notes


Brown's hand was X-rayed, but Saban would not say if it was broken. "He does have an issue and he does have a problem, we just don't know the prognosis," Saban said. ... Miami CB Michael Lehan (nose), LB Keith Newman (shoulder) and Detroit CB Fernando Bryant (concussion) were injured in the game. ... Detroit WR Mike Williams, the 10th overall pick in 2005, made his first catch of the year and was given a standing ovation.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Miami
Detroit
1st Downs1813
3rd down efficiency
7-142-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-2
Total Yards395220
Yards per play6.13.8
Total Drives41
Passing209199
Comp-Att
19-2922-40
Yards per pass
7.25.0
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-48-53
Rushing18621
Rushing Attempts
3510
Yards per rush
5.32.1
Penalties11-1007-55
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
11
Possession34:0425:56

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harrington19/292137.3311-4
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna22/402526.3118-53

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris12917.6055
Brown15684.5017
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris8151.906
Cason263.003

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Booker711516.4248
Welker5428.4014
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams612621.0041
Furrey7679.6015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIADET
TD3:49Dan Campbell 2 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 58 yds, 3:49
07
FG8:37Jason Hanson 52 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 39 yds, 3:12
010
TD12:23Marty Booker 8 Yd Pass From Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 76 yds, 3:46
710
SECOND QUARTERMIADET
TD13:05Randy Mcmichael 5 Yd Pass From Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 9 yds, 1:29
1410
THIRD QUARTERMIADET
FG3:11Olindo Mare 42 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 24 yds, 3:11
1710
TD10:43Marty Booker 19 Yd Pass From Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 60 yds, 5:05
2410
FOURTH QUARTERMIADET
FG3:16Olindo Mare 28 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 68 yds, 4:52
2710