Final Score: Minnesota 38, Green Bay 26
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Brett Favre was greeted by a chorus of boos
in his first return to Lambeau Field as a visiting player, but threw four
touchdown passes and led the Vikings to a 38-26 victory against the Packers.
Favre, who spent a storied 16-year tenure in Green Bay, completed 17-of-28
passes for 244 yards with his four TD passes going to four different
receivers. It's the 21st time Favre has thrown four or more touchdowns in a
game, tying him with Dan Marino for the most such contests in NFL history.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 97 yards and a score on 25 carries for Minnesota
(7-1), which was coming off its first loss of the season last week, a 27-17
defeat at Pittsburgh.
Percy Harvin grabbed five passes for 84 yards and a score and returned five
kickoffs for 175 yards, leading to excellent field position on a number of
occasions for Favre and the offense.
Minnesota is off to its best start since the 2000 season and completed a
season sweep of rival Green Bay for the first time since 2005. The Vikings won
a Week 4 Monday night matchup at the Metrodome against Green Bay, 30-23,
Favre's first game playing against his old team.
"Am I glad the way these two games have turned out, absolutely. It has nothing
to do with trying to prove myself to anyone. I still have the passion for it.
My arm feels great, (and) my mind is in a good place," said Favre.
The circumstances that led Favre out of Green Bay began in earnest soon
after the Packers were bounced by the Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship
Game. After a one-year stint with the New York Jets, Favre, now 40, came out
of a second retirement to join the Vikings, setting up what was a less than
warm welcome home.
"I was a part of some pretty good games here with the Packers, but this is
pretty high up on the list. It was pretty awesome to be a part of it," Favre
said. "I wasn't expecting a standing ovation. Packer fans cheer for the
Packers first -- I know that -- but I know what I've done here (at Lambeau)."
Aaron Rodgers was 26-of-41 for 287 yards, threw three touchdowns and rushed
five times for 52 yards in the loss.
Favre's heir was sacked six times and took a beating from the Vikings'
defense, which set the tone early by limiting the Packers to 47 yards of
offense in the first half before wearing down later in the game.
"I hate losing to whoever's at quarterback for them. I hate losing to the
Vikings especially," Rodgers said. "We just could not keep that momentum and
could not finish off the drive we had to take the lead, so that was
Greg Jennings recorded eight receptions for 88 yards and touchdown in a
sobering loss for Green Bay (4-3), which had won its last two games following
the initial defeat to Minnesota on October 5.
Spencer Havner was the recipient of two short TD passes from Rodgers.
Already holding a 14-point lead coming out of the break, Favre threw a 51-yard
TD pass to Harvin on Minnesota's opening touch of the third to take a
commanding 24-3 advantage.
The Packers came back with their first sustained drive of the game, but the
10-play, 62-yard drive stalled at the eight-yard line and Mason Crosby kicked
a 26-yard field goal.
Green Bay caught a break on the kickoff and momentum swung in its favor when
defensive end Brian Robinson fielded the ball and promptly fumbled it away at
his own 41.
That led to a 16-yard TD toss to Havner, a reserve tight end, and the Packers
had life at 24-13 with 6 1/2 minutes to play in the third.
Momentum continued to shift Green Bay's way as the Vikings went three-and-out
and turned it back over to Rodgers, who moved the ball 84 yards in seven plays
and got right back in the end zone on a five-yard scoring strike to Havner.
Rodgers was 6-of-6 on the drive for all but one of the 84 yards as Green Bay
crept closer at 24-20.
Harvin, though, proved invaluable once again in the return game, taking it
back 48 yards to the Packer 38 and allowing Favre a short field to eventually
connect with fullback Jeff Dugan on a two-yard touchdown to push the lead to
31-20 less than two minutes into the fourth.
Rodgers helped engineer a quick 74-yard scoring drive to counter and led
Jennings toward the right pylon for a 10-yard score to get within five, 31-26,
after a failed two-point conversion.
Crosby missed wide right on a 51-yard field goal attempt to cap the next Green
Bay series and Favre put the finishing touches on his highly-anticipated
return with a 16-yard TD pass to Bernard Berrian with less than four minutes
"I'd like to think I always handle myself with class," Favre said. "I never
want to rub it anyone's face. It was kind of mixed emotions coming in. I
know how special these fans are, it's what makes Green Bay a special place. I
want to lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl and I'll do everything in my power
to do that, (but) how could you not miss that."
Rodgers threw an incompletion on 4th-and-20 from his own 27 as the hopes for a
final comeback began to fade. Green Bay's final possession ended with a
lateral play that was finally fumbled and downed to end the game.
Minnesota got off to a rocky start as center John Sullivan snapped the ball
early while Favre was still in cadence on the first play of its second
possession. The ball hit off Favre's leg and eluded several players' grasp
before Green Bay's Johnny Jolly pounced on it at the Viking 21.
The Packers went failed to move the chains but the short field yielded a 37-
yard field goal from Crosby for the early 3-0 lead.
From there it was all Minnesota in the first half. Harvin took the ensuing
kick back 77 yards to the Green Bay 14 and Peterson plowed in for a one-yard
TD on 4th-and-1 after head coach Brad Childress elected to go for seven.
The Packers' offense bogged down again and the Vikings embarked on their next
scoring drive early in the second -- a seven-play, 51-yarder that ended with
Favre's 12-yard TD pass to Visanthe Shiancoe for a 14-3 game.
With Green Bay's offense still in disarray, the Vikings got the ball back and
drove down to the Packers' seven-yard line. However, their second attempt at a
4th-and-1 conversion failed on a stuff of Peterson. The visitors did manage to
tack on three more before halftime, though, on Ryan Longwell's 41-yard boot
with nine seconds left and the Vikings headed to the locker room with a 17-3
The Vikings had nearly as many sacks (four) than Rodgers had completions
(five) in the first half. The Packers managed just three first downs compared
with four penalties.
Sidney Rice totaled 40 yards on four grabs while Berrian caught three passes
for 47 yards in the win...Donald Driver had six receptions for 63 yards for
Green Bay, which ended with 351 yards of offense compared with Minnesota's
355...Ryan Grant rushed for just 30 yards on 10 carries in the loss...Despite
the loss and inability to move the ball in the first half, Green Bay held the
advantage in time of possession 32:32-27:28.
11/01 21:25:24 ET
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