Dolphins make it two straight with win over Redskins
MIAMI Reggie Bush scored the clinching touchdown, then www.vikingsofficialonlineshop.com/Teddy_Bridgewater_Jersey_Vikings happily heaved the ball into the stands, and the cluster of fans scrambling for the souvenir included a man in a Miami Dolphins jersey holding a baby.
The scrum was understandable, because victory keepsakes have been a rarity lately for Dolphins fans.
Bush scored two TDs and the Dolphins twice intercepted Rex Grossman to earn their first home victory in nearly a year by beating the Washington Redskins 20 9 Sunday.
The Dolphins ended a franchise record streak of seven consecutive losses in Miami since last Nov. 14.
Grossman was a surprise starter, replacing John Beck four weeks after being benched. Grossman threw for 215 yards but was sacked three times and had a passer rating of 58.7, lower than his NFC worst season figure.
Possessions by Washington reached the Miami 20, 26, 5 and 10 yard lines, but those threats produced only three field goals.
Miami (2 7) won for the second week in a row after starting 0 7. The Redskins (3 6) dropped their fifth consecutive game, the longest losing streak of Mike Shanahan's career as a head coach.
The Redskins haven't held a lead since Oct. 2, when they beat St. Louis.
The Dolphins led 10 6 at halftime, then mounted scoring drives of 70 and 81 yards to seal the win. After blowing fourth quarter leads in three earlier losses, this time they held on.
The Dolphins were ahead 13 9 when Grossman drove his team 49 yards to a first down at the 10 early in www.vikingsofficialonlineshop.com/Anthony_Barr_Jersey_Vikings the fourth quarter, but linebacker Karlos Dansby's interception ended the threat. Vontae Davis also had an interception for the Dolphins, who doubled their season total.
After Dansby's takeaway, Miami drove 81 yards and scored the clinching TD on Bush's 18 yard run. He crossed the goal line standing up and heaved the ball into the stands in jubilation.
The Redskins' three scoring drives totaled 48 yards. Washington twice took over deep in Miami territory thanks to an interception and a fumble recovery, but each time settled for a field goal by Graham Gano.
He also missed from 50 and 49 yards.
Washington's injury plagued offense netted only 61 yards rushing.
Miami's Matt Moore, the AFC offensive player of the week last week, threw an ugly interception and lost a fumble but completed 20 of Anthony Barr Authentic Jersey 29 passes for 209 yards.
The Dolphins, who came into the game last in the NFL in third down conversions, went 8 for 14 in those situations.
They started the game in the wildcat the first time they've used the package this season. Running back Daniel Thomas took the snap and pitched to Moore, who threw deep and incomplete to Brandon Marshall.
Miami tried another trick play later Vikings Teddy Bridgewater Jersey in the drive, with Thomas throwing incomplete. More conventional was the final play of the series, a 1 yard touchdown run by Bush.
Kevin Barnes' interception in the first half gave the Redskins the ball at the Miami 5, but three plays lost 3 yards and they kicked a field goal. Washington started at the Miami 24 after Ryan Kerrigan's sack forced a fumble by Moore, and again the Redskins came away with only three points.
Lambeau Field expansion puts Packers up with NFL's big boys www.officialraidersnflauthentic.com/Derek_Carr_Jersey_Raiders
Green Bay Lambeau Field can now seat more than 80,000 fans.(Photo: H. Marc Larson, Green Bay Press Gazette)
Story HighlightsGreen Bay now boasts third highest seating capacity in NFLAddition of 7,000 seats gives Pack a virtual extra home game at gate over course of seasonThey've proven that on the field by winning more NFL championships than any other team. And they've done themselves proud off the field with the development of the money making machine known as Lambeau Field.
Although Green Bay is the smallest city in professional sports by far, its stadium now has the third largest www.nfljaguarsofficialshop.com/Marqise_Lee_Jersey_Jaguars seating capacity in the NFL.
With the completion of yet another Lambeau expansion, the Packers will play home games in front of capacity crowds of 80,750. That's a staggering number for a city with a population of just more than 104,000, and a far cry from the 32,500 capacity when Lambeau opened in 1957.
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The Packers reported record Marqise Lee Authentic Jersey revenue and profits this week, and their decision to add 7,000 seats to Lambeau beginning this season was shrewd and economically sound.
The team is coming off a remarkable two decade run of success, and the Packers' season ticket waiting list hovers just above 100,000. So why not maximize revenue streams while inviting several thousand additional ticket buyers to share in the fun at Lambeau? Everybody comes up a winner.
PHOTOS: 32 rookies to watch in 201332 NFL rookies to watch in 2013The extra cash the Packers will rake in is the equivalent of adding another Derek Carr Authentic Jersey home game to the schedule. The stadium should be louder with the additional fans and the reconfiguration of the south end zone, which will make life more difficult for visiting teams. And the new seats, with amenities like chair backs and a separate stadium entrance, will add value to the game day experience.
Lambeau Field holds the distinction of being the longest active homefield site of any NFL team. In pro sports, only Fenway Park (1912) and Wrigley Field (1914) have longer tenures.
Lambeau's seating capacity is 2 greater than when it opened 56 years ago. Rather than build a new stadium, as most teams do, the Packers wisely chose to upgrade and modernize Lambeau while maintaining some of the original charm.
Nothing is perfect, and Lambeau is no exception. The aluminum bench seats in the bowl are a literal pain in the back side to many patrons. But the new end zone section, club seats and suites provide other options, if fans are willing to shell out more money in the secondary market.
There have been whispers that the new seats are too high and don't possess the intimacy associated with the stadium bowl. When the winter winds start whipping around, things could get pretty frosty in those sections.
But those are relatively minor complaints.
The downside to increasing the stadium capacity might not be evident until the Packers endure hard times on the field.
It's easy to attract 80,000 fans when times are good. But if an extended stretch of bad football hits town, as it did in the 1970s and 1980s, packing a stadium that large might prove challenging.