Miami-Green Bay plotline has a few twists

Why is the Miami Dolphin story like Ross Perot? It's short, but rich. And the results of the Dolphins-Packers head-to-head play is about as unfunny as that joke.<p> In just 10 all-time meetings with Miami, the Pack is 1-10. Prior to 1997, Miami had the distinction of being the only franchise the Packers had never beaten at Lambeau.<p>

The series dates back to 1971, after the league merger. Green Bay traveled to visit new NFL comrade Miami for the '71 season finale, falling 27-6 to the 'Fins. The game is much better known for a last rather than that first: The game marked Bart Starr's last game 16 years as Packer quarterback.

The inaugural game marked the first of 9 straight wins over GB for the Dolphins. Two came at Lambeau, five in Miami and one at County Stadium in the Packers' final season there.

Mike Holmgren finally broke through and added a W over the 'Fins to the Packer record books on Sept. 14, 1997. Green Bay won 23-18 before 60,075 at Lambeau Field. The highlights read like a "Who's Who" from the Holmgren Era: Favre went 24-of-37 for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Dorsey Levens rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries and William Henderson led receiving with 7 catches for 60 yards and a TD. Antonio Freeman also nabbed a touchdown pass.Mark Chmura and Robert Brooks were also among leading receivers.

The Packers weren't able to turn the win into a streak. The Dolphins beat the Packers in the teams' most recent meeting, a 28-20 decision Oct. 29, 2000 in Miami.The loss was forgettable, sandwiched between big wins over San Francisco and Minnesota.

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