Dolphins Game Notes

Here are some notes and anecdotes from the 24-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

-- With the win, the Dolphins ended the Vikings' three-game winning streak in this series. The Dolphins hadn't beaten Minnesota since 1988.

-- Renaldo Hill's 48-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the first by the Dolphins since September 11 of last year when Jason Taylor picked up a Jake Plummer fumble against Denver and went 85 yards for a score.

-- Hill's touchdown was the second of his career. His first came on Nov. 23, 2003 against St. Louis as a member of Arizona when he intercepted a Marc Bulger pass and went 70 yards for a touchdown.

-- DE Jason Taylor's 51-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the fifth time in Dolphins history that a player has had two interception returns for a touchdown in the same season. He joins DE Bill Stanfill (1969), S Dick Anderson (1973), S Mike Kozlowski (1983), LB Zach Thomas (1998) and S Brock Marion (2001).

-- Taylor's touchdown was the seventh of his career, tying him with George Martin for the most ever by a defensive lineman in NFL history.

-- With Hill's 48-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Taylor's 51-yard interception return for a score it is just the second time in franchise history that the Dolphins have had a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown in the same game. It is the seventh time that the Dolphins have had two defensive touchdowns in the same game, and the first since Dec. 6, 1998 when Zach Thomas and Robert Jones both had interception returns for scores in a 27-17 win at Oakland.

-- The Vikings' No. 1-ranked rush defense held the Dolphins to minus-3 rushing yards, the lowest total in Dolphins history. Their previous low was 14 yards, which happened twice; on Nov. 19, 1990 against the L.A. Raiders (L, 10-13) and on Jan. 9, 1999 in a Divisional Playoff Game at Denver (L, 3-38). It is the first time that an NFL team has won a game with as few rushing yards since October 29, 1961 when Philadelphia was held to minus-12 yards rushing yet still earned a 27-24 victory over the Redskins in Washington.

-- TE Justin Peelle's 11-yard TD catch from Joey Harrington was the fifth of his career and his first as a Dolphin.

-- LB Zach Thomas played in the 157th game of his career today, tying him with Tim Bowens for 11th on the Dolphins all-time list and second among Dolphins defenders, trailing only Vern Den Herder (159).

-- Today's game marked QB Joey Harrington's first career victory over Minnesota in seven starts against the Vikings.

-- The one-yard TD run by Chester Taylor today was the first touchdown by a Dolphins opponent in the first quarter this year.

-- The Dolphins held the ball for 24:00 of the contest, their lowest time of possession figure in a win since December 11 of last year when they had it for just 19:43 in a 23-21 win at San Diego.


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