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MARINO RETURNS, HURLS 5 TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Dan Marino entered the 300 club. Drew Bledsoe showed that he might just get there, too, if he lasts a decade or so longer.

Marino, in his first regular-season game since a ruptured Achilles tendon ended his season last October, threw five touchdown passes to lead Miami to a come-from-behind 39-35 victory over New England on Sunday.It was the 26th time Marino led the Dolphins to a comeback win.

"The difference today was they had Marino back," said Bledsoe, starting his second season with the Pats.

In his 12th season opener, Marino was 23 of 42 for 473 yards, the second-highest yardage total of his career. He ended the day with 303 career touchdown passes, becoming one of only two NFL quarterbacks to throw more than 300. Fran Tarkenton threw 342.

It was the sixth time Marino threw five TDs in a game, breaking a record he had shared with Johnny Unitas for most games with four or more scoring passes.

"I felt pretty good about what I did," Marino said.

New England coach Bill Parcells said Marino got some help from the Patriots' defense.

"No disrespect intended, but with guys wide open, I could've hit some of those passes," he said.

Cornerback Maurice Hurst agreed.

"We didn't play well, obviously, especially late in the game when the offense gave us the lead," he said. "It's something we're going to have to work on, try to get better - it will come around to us as we play more together."

Dolphins wide receiver Irving Fryar beat cornerback Rod Smith down the sideline for the winning touchdown after Marino changed the play in the huddle, correctly anticipating one-on-one coverage of his receiver.

Fryar, who finished with five receptions for 211 yards, also caught touchdown passes of 54 and 50 yards. Marino's other scoring passes covered 64 yards to Mark Ingram and 26 yards to Keith Jackson.

Ray Crittenden gave New England a 35-32 lead with a leaping catch of Bledsoe's 23-yard pass with 10:12 remaining. The Patriots' last hope ended when Ben Coates lost the ball at the Miami 26 following a 23-yard reception.

"It's like that sometimes," said Coates, who caught eight passes for 161 yards. "You get tired trying to help your teammates. Things happen. It's like life."

Miami's Terry Kirby dove in for a vital two-point conversion, trimming New England's biggest lead of the game to 21-18 in the third quarter.

The Dolphins took their first lead in the fourth quarter, 32-28. Marino handed off, took a pitch back from Kirby and threw the 50-yard touchdown pass to Fryar, who was five yards behind the nearest defender.

Marino still limps a bit, but he was able to keep his balance in mud created by a pre-game downpour. He even scrambled once for 10 yards before diving into the muck.

The Pats' quarterback was no slouch either. Bledsoe completed 32 of 51 attempts for four touchdowns and 421 yards.

"He's going to be a great quarterback," Marino said. "He has an exceptional arm."