Play of the game: Nothing but green for Green

When the Packers needed a play to turn the momentum and give their sagging defense a lift on Sunday at Miami, Ahman Green burst through a huge hole to score a 70-yard touchdown.

In the days leading to Sunday's game at Miami, the Green Bay newspaper led its sports section by asking if Ahman Green had anything left in his gas tank.

Green gave his answer in resounding fashion, and it was the key play of Sunday's 34-24 victory over the foundering Dolphins.

Miami had everything going in its favor, other than the score. The Dolphins had just marched down the field to kick a field goal and cut the Packers' lead to 20-16 early in the fourth quarter. They had scored on consecutive possessions to wrest the momentum away. More importantly, they had held the ball for 13:39 of the second half compared to 5:22 for Green Bay, leaving the Packers' defense wilting under the hot Florida sun.

And then Green showed he has an extra gear, and the offensive line showed they are beginning to live up to their promise.

On a first-and-10 play from their 30-yard line, Green burst through a huge hole to score a 70-yard touchdown.

The play was expertly blocked, highlighted by the effort of undersized center Scott Wells against supersized defensive tackle Keith Traylor. Wells stepped to his left to engage with Traylor, and sustained his block long enough for right guard Tony Moll to chop the giant veteran to the turf. Meantime, Wells had disengaged from Traylor and took out linebacker Channing Crowder.

Left guard Jason Spitz and left tackle Daryn Colledge — subbing for an ill Chad Clifton — started with a combo block on defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday. Colledge then disengaged and sealed off hard-charging Zach Thomas.

They did their job so well that fullback Brandon Miree actually slowed down in the hole as he looked for someone to block. He settled on one of Miami's safeties, and knocked him aside with ease.

Meantime, on the far left side, tight end Bubba Franks shoved defensive end Jason Taylor aside, and on the far right side, Mark Tauscher had chopped his man to the turf.

That left Green with nothing but green grass ahead of him as he sprinted toward the end zone for a touchdown that gave the Packers a 27-16 lead with 13:14 remaining in the game.

On the sideline, head coach Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski and line coach James Campen celebrated as if they had just won the Super Bowl.

"I knew that it was just a matter of time before we'd get a big run and have a big game rushing," said Green, who passed James Lofton for most total yards from scrimmage (9,909) in team history, scored his first touchdown since 2004, tallied his 50th career rushing touchdown and posted his franchise-leading 30th 100-yard game. "(The zone scheme) takes time, but once everybody is on the same page, it can be a deadly weapon."

While Miami answered with a touchdown and two-point conversion to cut the margin to 27-24, Green's long run seemed to energize the offense, which engineered an 11-play, 80-yard, clock-crunching touchdown on its next possession to put the game away.

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