(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 Field.
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.
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 threats 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 28 before facing 4th-and-7, then threw behind tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to turn it over on downs with 33 seconds to play.