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Vikings Fall Apart, Lose To Dolphins, 14-10

(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.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.