Favre passed for three first-half touchdowns Monday night to
lead the Green Bay Packers to a 34-21 victory over the Bears,
running his career record to 17-4 against Chicago.
"To be totally honest, I don't treat this game any different
from any other,'' he said. "Maybe for our fans and for the media,
it is a bigger game than it is when we play everyone else. But as a
team you should be playing every game like it's the Super Bowl.''
Needing just 262 yards coming in to reach 40,000 career yards,
Favre got there by halftime. He threw an 85-yard TD pass to Donald
Driver in the first quarter -- the second longest of his career --
and the Packers (4-1) took a 24-14 halftime lead.
"I would never in a million years think we'd have a first
quarter like we did today, but you never know in this league. This
one ranks near the top,'' Favre said. "You have (287) 300 yards at
halftime and three touchdowns, something is working.''
No argument from Packers coach Mike Sherman.
"I never say it's as good as he's been because he's been pretty
dang good,'' Sherman said. "But that would be tough to top, the
first half. ... He was pretty close to playing as well as you can
there at one point.''
Green Bay took control in the third quarter when Kabeer
Gbaja-Biamila intercepted Chicago's Jim Miller and lumbered 72
yards for a touchdown as the Bears (2-3) lost their third straight.
The rivalry that began in 1921 has turned one-sided in recent
years, thanks to the brilliance of Favre.
Green Bay's victory Monday night was its 15th in the last 17
meetings with the Bears, this one coming on the grasslike
artificial surface at the University of Illinois where Chicago is
playing this season because of an overhaul of Soldier Field. Favre
has directed nine straight road victories over the Bears.
Favre, making his 162nd straight regular-season start, rolled to
his left, motioned with his hand and then heaved the ball to a
streaking Driver, who was behind Bears safety Mike Green and
cornerback R.W. McQuarters, for a 7-0 lead.
His longest TD pass was a 99-yarder to Robert Brooks in 1995.
Against the Bears, of course.
"He gets rid of the ball so quick, it's hard to get any kind of
good read on him,'' said McQuarters, playing for the first time
since spraining his knee in the season opener.
"He'll pick you apart with the 12-to-15-yard throws and that
opens up the deep pattern.''
"That's just Brett. He's a Monday nighter,'' Miller said. "He
plays well and plays with a passion. You don't want to be on the
other end of it, that's for sure.''
From the Green Bay 20, Chicago was threatening to get back in
the game in the third quarter when Joe Johnson hit Miller as he was
attempting to pass and the ball popped right to Gbaja-Biamila who
ran untouched down the field to give the Packers a 17-point lead.
"I was trying to get rid of it and obviously I didn't get rid
of it quick enough,'' Miller said. "I don't point a finger at
anybody but me.''
Miller also threw three TD passes, hitting John Davis with a
21-yard TD pass with 6:50 left to make it 34-21.
Chicago stayed close in the first half when Driver fumbled after
making a catch at the Green Bay 39 and Mike Brown picked it up and
ran 35 yards to the 4. That set up Miller's 1-yard TD pass to John
Davis that cut the lead to 21-14.
The Packers increased their lead when Ryan Longwell kicked a
49-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Longwell also kicked a 35-yarder, missed two and had another one
from 28 yards blocked.
Miller also threw a 4-yard TD pass to Marty Booker late in the
first quarter that made it 14-7.
Terry Glenn's 26-yard catch to the Bears 6 set up Favre's TD
pass to Franks and restored the lead to two touchdowns.
Needing 262 yards entering the game, Favre became the third
fastest player to reach 40,000 yards. He hit the milestone in his
166th career game. Dan Marino (153 games) and Warren Moon (165) got
Chicago lost starting left guard Rex Tucker, who dislocated his
left ankle and was taken off the field on a cart in the third
Terry Glenn caught eight passes for 154 yards and Driver
finished with 120 on four receptions _ his first career 100-yard
game. ... Miller completed 27-of-49 for 353 yards with Marty Booker
hauling in 12 passes for 141 yards. ... The crowd was 61,440,
meaning there were 1,786 no-shows on a 46-degree night. ... It was
the seventh Monday night meeting between Green Bay and Chicago, and
the Packers lead 4-3 by winning the last four. ... It was Chicago's
first appearance on Monday night since 1997. ... DE Joe Johnson may
have torn his tricep, Sherman said.
The former Cal standout linebacker made his mark on the record books at the school and is a step away from making a major mark in the NFL.
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