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Brett Favre becomes top passer against Green Bay Packers among former Packers

Oct. 24, 2010
 
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre throws the ball with Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji rushing him during the first half on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. Jeffrey Phelps/AP
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre throws the ball with Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji rushing him during the first half on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. Jeffrey Phelps/AP

Out of uniform

The 11 former Packers passers* who came back to throw for 100 or more yards against their old team.

Yds. Passer Rate
727 Brett Favre 106.6
685 Mark Brunell 73.6
656 Matt Hasselbeck 53.3
577 Tobin Rote 56.8
243 Ty Detmer 81.8
203 Scott Hunter 51.5
186 Don Horn 26.4
168 Bobby Thomason 26.7
158 Mike Tomczak 85.0
153 Don Majkowski 71.5
121 Lamar McHan 20.9

*-- Must have played in at least one league game while with Green Bay

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Brett Favre played long enough with the Green Bay Packers — 16 seasons — to become a record setter.

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Favre also has played long enough against the Packers — 3 games — to have become a record setter.

Old No. 4 won’t go quietly into the night. Certainly he wasn’t going out in his final regular-season appearance at Lambeau Field without a fight.

Limping around on a bad ankle, the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader threw for 212 yards as the Vikings threw a scare into the Packers before falling 28-24. It was far from Favre’s most prodigious effort, but it was enough to move him to the top of yet another list.

Favre has thrown for more yards against the Green and Gold than any other former Packers quarterback. He knocked Mark Brunell from first place with his 13-yard throw to Randy Moss on fourth-and-5 late in the game.

That conversion put Favre’s passing total at 171 yards for the night and 686 in three games against the Packers. Brunell amassed 685 yards in three games against his former employer.

That conversion also left the Vikings 35 yards from Green Bay’s end zone. Favre connected on two more passes — both to Adrian Peterson for 41 yards — to keep Minnesota alive. Not until a fourth down throw from the Green Bay 20 that was too high for Moss could Packers’ fans exhale.

Yards didn’t come easily for Favre in the first half. His first completion lost three yards. A touchdown pass to Visanthe Shiancoe was overturned on a challenge by the Packers. A deep throw to Moss just before halftime didn’t stand up as the wide receiver was called for offensive pass interference.

Favre wasn’t sharp to start the third quarter either. Linebacker A.J. Hawk became the first Packer to intercept the ageless wonder. Green Bay turned that miscue into a Greg Jennings’ touchdown and a 21-17 lead.

Desmond Bishop intercepted Favre’s next throw. The linebacker rumbled into the end zone and the Packers went up 28-17.

Nick Collins was the third to steal a Favre pass. The safety waylaid a toss intended for Harvin early in the fourth quarter.

Those interceptions were a major reason Favre’s passer rating was a dismal 50.4. It was the second lowest of the year for him trailing only a 44.3 mark in a 14-10 loss to the Dolphins.

A year ago, Favre was unstoppable. On Oct. 5, 2009, he completed 24 of 31 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns to earn a passer rating of 135.3.

He inflicted similar damage in the rematch at Lambeau Field on Nov. 1, 2009. There he nailed 17 of 28 throws for 244 yards and four touchdowns to compile a rating of 128.6.

Furthermore, Favre was not sacked in any of those 59 dropbacks.

Sunday night, Green Bay applied more pressure. Jarius Wynn sacked Favre on the Vikings’ last drive. Clay Matthews knocked him down at least once, Brad Jones had him around the ankles on his first interception and C.J. Wilson was in his face on his second pick.

Keeping Favre uncomfortable in the pocket helped ensure the future Hall of Famer didn’t notch yet another fourth-quarter game-winning comeback. It also allowed the Packers to claim victory in a close game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Extra point

Desmond Bishop became the first Packers player to pick off a former Packers quarterback and score since Jesse Whittenton returned a Lamar McHan interception for a touchdown in a 45-21 loss to the Colts in Baltimore on Nov. 5, 1961.

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Eric Goska is a Press-Gazette correspondent, a Packers historian and the author of “Green Bay Packers: A Measure of Greatness,” a statistical history of the Packers. E-mail him at aegoska@sbcglobal.net.

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