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“It was a great stand on the defensive side of the ball,” Dansby said. “It was totally disrespect, and we showed them today that we can play defense.”

Chad Henne hit Brandon Marshall for a 46-yard pass on the next play, and Ricky Williams and Brown bulled their way into the red zone with four wildcat plays. Henne hit Brian Hartline for the TD and a 7-0 lead, and Miami’s offense was put on ice for the rest of the game.

The Vikings held the Dolphins to 226 yards of offense and had the ball for almost 13 minutes longer than Miami. But just like in the NFC title game loss to New Orleans last year, turnovers were the difference.

Jason Allen had two interceptions and Davis picked one off after Percy Harvin tipped the ball up in the air at the goal line.

“When you play teams of this caliber and you make those kind of plays in those situations, it validates what you’re trying to do,” said Sparano, whose Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time since 2002. “I think our football team is getting better in a lot of areas.”

Henne was 9 for 15 for 114 yards and Marshall had four catches for 71 yards. Brown and Williams combined for 110 yards on 23 carries.

Visanthe Shiancoe had six catches for 86 yards.

“It’s a 14-game season now and we’re sitting at the bottom of it,” Favre said. “What we do with it from here remains to be seen. It won’t be any easier.”

NOTES: Wake finished with 1½ sacks for Miami. “We felt we had to get in here and announce our presence some point in this game early on,” Sparano said. … The Dolphins are home against the Jets and Patriots before the bye. … Harvin aggravated a right hip injury and said he will have an MRI on Monday. He had five catches for 32 yards. … After the Week 4 bye, the Vikings go to the Jets, host Dallas and are at Green Bay and New England.