NFL Game Summary - Miami at Minnesota|
(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: Miami 14, Minnesota 10
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jason Allen had two of Miami's three
interceptions of Brett Favre and the Dolphin defense stopped a pair of late
Minnesota threats in a 14-10 victory over the Vikings at Mall of America
Chad Henne threw a touchdown pass for the Dolphins (2-0) and rookie linebacker
Koa Misi recovered a Favre fumble in the end zone for another score, as Miami
opened a season with two wins for the first time since 2002. The Dolphins also
won a defensive battle in their opener last week, 15-10, at Buffalo.
"It definitely means something. Most of the teams that go to the playoffs,
they win in September and that's what we want to do," said Dolphins safety
Yeremiah Bell. "We want to get off to a fast start, because the past two years
we've gotten off to a slow start."
In addition to the three interceptions, Favre completed 22-of-36 passes for
225 yards without a touchdown. Adrian Peterson ran for 145 yards and a score,
but was stopped short of the goal line on one of Minnesota's fourth-quarter
drives as the Vikings (0-2) followed up a nine-point effort in their opening
loss against New Orleans with another subpar offensive showing.
The Vikings were in position to take the lead with 5:46 to play after a trade
of turnovers -- a Favre interception followed by a Ronnie Brown fumble -- left
Minnesota with a first down at the Miami 24.
Peterson gained 14 yards on two carries to set up a first down at the 10, and
three more Peterson rushes left Minnesota with a fourth down from the one. The
Miami defense, led by free-agent linebacker Karlos Dansby, stopped Peterson
short of the goal line with 2:16 remaining.
The Dolphins managed one first down, thanks to a Minnesota penalty, before
punting it back to the Vikings with 1:42 left.
Favre took over at his own 45 and drove the offense to the Miami 27 before
facing 4th-and-6, then threw behind tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to turn it
over on downs with 33 seconds to play.
"I thought we got the momentum right at the end, but for some reason we
couldn't get it in the end zone," said Vikings defensive tackle Kevin
Williams. "We've got to pick it up, we've got to score when we're in the red
The Dolphins appeared to be in complete control in the third quarter when
Favre had the ball stripped in the end zone by Cameron Wake and Misi recovered
the fumble for a Miami touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Favre was picked off on his very next pass attempt, but offsetting penalties
negated the turnover and the Vikings quickly marched down the field into Miami
territory. However, with just under three minutes left in the third, Favre was
intercepted at the goal line by Allen.
The Dolphins, though, gave the ball right back when Ricky Williams fumbled on
the ensuing play. The momentum of the game completely changed on that play and
Peterson scored two plays later from the one to get Minnesota on the board.
Minnesota got the ball back after a Miami punt early in the fourth quarter and
drove far enough for a 28-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell to pull within
Again the Dolphins were forced to punt, and Favre went for the home run ball
on the first play from his own 34. Allen, though, again came up with an
interception with just under six minutes to play. However, the Dolphins
followed with another fumble when Brown lost the football and the Vikings
regained possession to set up the final dramatics.
Brown, despite the fumble, ran for 80 yards on 13 carries and Williams added
30 yards on 10 attempts. Henne completed 9-of-15 passes for 114 yards in the
The Dolphin defense stopped the Vikings on the game's first possession when
Favre had pass on 4th-and-2 from the Miami 26 batted down, and Henne followed
immediately with a 46-yard strike to Brandon Marshall on the Dolphins' first
offensive play. The big gain helped set up the game's first score, as Henne
finished off the nine-play set with a five-yard scoring toss to Brian
Favre had the Vikings in scoring range midway through the second quarter with
a first down at the Miami 11, but he was picked off at the goal line on a pass
that was tipped a few times before eventually settling into the arms of Vontae
The Dolphins were able to escape the shadow of their own goal line on the next
play when Brown raced through a gaping hole for 51 yards, but the Viking
defense soon after forced a punt and neither team threatened for the remainder
of the fast-moving first half.
Favre's last game against the Dolphins also resulted in three interceptions in
the 2008 season-finale when he was a member of the Jets...The Dolphins started
the 2002 season 3-0...Minnesota is off to an 0-2 start for the second time in
three years...Miami again played without linebacker Channing Crowder, who also
sat out last Sunday's contest with a groin injury...Minnesota's Percy Harvin
left the contest after aggravating a hip injury that limited him in practice
during the week...The Dolphins play their home opener next Sunday night
against the Jets, while the Vikings host Detroit.
09/19 17:47:36 ET