Packers 24, Dolphins 10
-- Brett Favre had a much better return than Cris Carter.
Playing on a sprained left knee that was stiff and sore, Favre guided the Green Bay Packers to a 24-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins tonight.
Favre, knocked out of his last game, extended his NFL record for consecutive regular-season starts by a quarterback to 165. He overcame an early interception in the end zone to lead the Packers to their sixth straight victory.
"Nothing surprises me with him," Green Bay running back Ahman Green said.
The Packers, who have the NFL's best record at 7-1, also recorded four more takeaways to increase their league-leading total to 27 and held Miami running back Ricky Williams to 47 yards on 14 carries.
Favre was 16 of 25 for 187 yards with one touchdown pass. When he was replaced by backup Doug Pederson in the middle of a series in the fourth quarter, the crowd serenaded him with chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!"
"It's not too bad," Favre said of his knee. "It's a little stiff. I survived. The brace hindered me a little bit. I knew it would, but overall it served its purpose."
Packers Coach Mike Sherman said Favre came out of the game fine.
"He was limping right before the half. When you play with a brace, you cramp up a little," Sherman said. "He made the throws he had to make. And I thought he played a heck of a ballgame."
The Dolphins (5-3) had hoped Carter would provide a similar spark as he came out of retirement to shore up a depleted receiving corps and chase a championship.
But Carter fumbled away his first reception, leading to Green Bay's first touchdown, and he was the intended target on an interception by Nate Wayne in the second half. Carter finished with three inconsequential catches for 31 yards.
Darren Sharper stepped in front of a pass by Ray Lucas and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown as the third quarter expired, giving Green Bay a 24-0 lead.
"When you get beat 4-1 in turnovers on the road you aren't going to win," said Miami Coach Dave Wannstedt.
Olindo Mare kicked a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Miami finally got into the end zone on Lucas's one-yard keeper with 1 minute 31 seconds left -- the first touchdown in eight quarters against Green Bay's defense.
"I thought our defense played an outstanding game," Sherman said. "We put pressure on their quarterback. We stifled their running game, and they have a great running game."