GREEN BAY, Wis. — They lived up to Reggie White's legacy on the day his number was retired, playing with a menacing mix of passion, poise and precision.
Not the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns.
Trent Dilfer won for the first time in nine trips to Lambeau Field, guiding Cleveland over the mistake-prone Packers, 26-24, for new Coach Romeo Crennel's first win. Dilfer threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and a game-icing 62-yarder to Steve Heiden with 1:50 remaining.
Dilfer, who lost six times as a starter at Green Bay, completed 21 of 32 passes for 336 yards -- the second-highest total of his career -- and three touchdowns. His 62-yarder to Heiden, who slipped a tackle by safety Mark Roman, made it 26-17, too much for the Packers (0-2) to overcome even behind Brett Favre.
The Packers wanted desperately to honor White with a win. So did Dilfer, who like so many others, counted himself a friend of the "Minister of Defense," who died unexpectedly last year at age 43.