The Packers have had their chances to win in south Florida, but victory keeps alluding them. The other interesting aspect of this game is Brett Favre's march toward eclipsing Dan Marino's all-time TD pass record. The former Dolphin threw 420 TD passes over his great career. Favre is now at 403 as he enters this game. I'm sure Dolphin fans will let him know they are not too pleased to see him.
Favre and Marino only matched up twice in their great careers. They each won a game. The first occurred in 1994, when Miami beat the Packers in Milwaukee 24-14. Marino was very efficient, throwing two TD passes (one to future Packer TE Keith Jackson) and completing 17 of 25 passes for 177 yards. Favre was more active in the passing game as he attempted 51 passes, completing 31 for 362 yards. The Mississippi gunslinger also threw two TD passes, with one interception.
Favre got his revenge in 1997. The Packers were on their way to their second straight Super Bowl appearance as they beat the Dolphins in Green Bay 23-18. This time Marino was more active in the passing game as he attempted 47 passes, completed only 21 for 240 yards. Dan the Man also threw for a TD pass and also a pick. Favre was 24-37 for 253 yards and a TD pass. That game marked the first time the Packers had ever beaten the Dolphins. But they still haven't done it in Miami. Why?
As I mentioned earlier, the Packers have had their chances to win games in Miami. The last time these two teams played at Dolphin Stadium (formerly Joe Robbie Stadium), the Packers lost a very winnable game 28-20 in the 2000 season. The Packers jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, only to let the Dolphins storm back and win the game. The Packers also lost two games they could have won in Miami during the Don Majkowski era in 1989 and 1991. The Packers lost both times by three points.
Is it the heat that causes the Packers problems in Miami? Well, it doesn't seem to phase them in Tampa, where the Packers all-time are 12-12 with one tie. It comes down to making plays when they count. The Dolphins have and the Packers haven't. The 2006 Green Bay Packers are a having a similar type of season. There have been plays to be made that have turned into dropped interceptions and dropped passes on offense.
If the Packers want to reverse the trend of losing in Miami, then it comes down to execution. When a play is there, make it. It's as simple as that. Victory comes with it.
Editor's note: Bob Fox is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.