Listening to a dour Favre speak after the game, you wouldn't
have known it.
"I have to remind myself that this is a win," Favre said.
Favre broke Dan Marino's career completions record, but the
Packers had to overcome three interceptions by the three-time MVP
for a 17-9 victory over the Lions.
It was only the second home victory all season for the Packers
(6-8), who have won two in a row. Given the sorry state of the NFC,
some Packers players were talking playoffs after the game.
"We were lucky to win the game," Favre said. "We'll take it.
But for us to be talking playoffs -- and I heard that there has been
playoff talk -- I mean, we've got a long ways to go."
Detroit (2-12) remains winless in seven games on the road.
"It's very frustrating, but you can't let it become a downward
spiral you can't recover from," Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said.
Favre connected on a 21-yard pass to receiver Carlyle Holiday
just before halftime for his league-record 4,968th completion.
Referee Ed Hochuli delivered the news.
"I [said], 'I have no idea what you're congratulating me for,
but thank you,'" Favre said. "So I did know because of him. But
I'm more concerned about the three I completed to their team."
Favre threw his first two interceptions in the red zone, and the
third pick nearly proved even more costly.
Kitna seemed to throw the game away by floating an interception
to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, then committing a face-mask
penalty on Woodson to give the Packers a first down on the Detroit
12-yard line with a 10-6 lead in the third quarter. It was
Woodson's career-best sixth interception of the season.
But Favre squandered the scoring chance by throwing an
interception to former Packers linebacker Paris Lenon in the end
The Lions couldn't drive for a score, and punter Nick Harris
downed the ball deep in Packers territory. Favre then threw a pass
that bounced off the hands of Ahman Green and was intercepted by
The Lions took over at the Packers 12, but were forced to kick a
field goal that cut Green Bay's lead to 10-9 with 9:33 remaining.
The Packers came back with an extended drive ending with a 21-yard
touchdown run by Vernand Morency, his second TD of the afternoon.
"We're working to get better in a lot of areas," Packers coach
Mike McCarthy said. "We've just got to get the consistency we're
Favre was 20-of-37 for 174 yards, but failed to throw a
touchdown pass. With two games remaining in the season, Favre needs
eight more touchdown passes to pass Marino's career mark of 420.
Favre now has 4,974 career completions, seven ahead of Marino.
Last week, Favre extended his record of most consecutive and
overall seasons with 3,000 yards passing to 15.
Kitna was 16-for-26 for 135 yards, with no touchdowns and two
interceptions. The Lions had only 142 net yards and couldn't make
the most of their scoring chances.
"The effort and the energy was there, the execution was not,"
Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. "It was not good enough."
Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz used frequent presnap
motion, something that confused the Packers in a blowout loss to
the New York Jets at Lambeau Field two weeks ago. But it didn't
work on Sunday.
Marinelli said the Lions had two potentially serious
injuries that will be re-evaluated: Linebacker Ernie Sims
(shoulder) and wide receiver Corey Bradford (elbow). ... Packers
left tackle Chad Clifton sustained a stinger in the first half, but
returned. Right tackle Mark Tauscher was inactive with a groin
injury. ... The Lions were without starting nose tackle Marcus Bell
(hand) and cornerback Fernando Bryant (concussion). Tight end
Marcus Pollard (hamstring) also was inactive.
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