Dan Marino passed for 345 yards and five touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter today, as the Miami Dolphins held off a second-half rally by Green Bay to win, 34-24.
The Packers (6-8), down by 20-3 at halftime, scored three straight touchdowns behind quarterback Jim Zorn to take a 24-20 lead with 8:32 remaining. Zorn was starting for Lynn Dickey, who injured his neck in workouts Thursday.
The Dolphins then moved 67 yards in 10 plays before Marino connected on a two-yard pass to tight end Joe Rose to give Miami a 27-24 lead with 3:18 left.
Phillip Epps returned the kickoff 48 yards for the Packers. But with 2:48 remaining, Zorn's pass to Preston Dennard was intercepted by Paul Langford. Two plays later, Marino completed a 61-yard scoring pass to Dan Johnson to keep Miami (10-4) tied for first in the AFC East.
"We came back when we had to come back," Miami Coach Don Shula said. "Let's face it, our backs were up against the wall. But there was no way we were going to let this one slip away."
Zorn passed for 247 yards and threw two third-quarter touchdown passes -- 29 yards to Dennard and 56 yards to James Lofton -- to lead Green Bay's second-half comeback. Eddie Lee Ivery dove over from short yardage with 8:32 left in the game, and Al Del Greco's kick gave Green Bay a 24-20 lead.
But Miami, starting on its 33, drove straight down the field. A 17-yard pass to a wide-open Tony Nathan was the big play and gave the Dolphins a first-and-goal at the Green Bay three.
On third and two, Marino passed to Rose in the left corner of the end zone. Rose leaped over linebacker Brian Noble to grab the touchdown.
"Joe Rose made an excellent catch," Shula said. "He's a big-play football player."