Favre ties Elway for most victories for starting QB

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- All those young teammates sometimes make
Brett Favre scratch his head, but at least one of them proved he
can come through when it counts.

Rookie Mason Crosby hit a 42-yard field goal with two seconds
left to give the Green Bay Packers a 16-13 victory over the
Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

As the 2007 NFL season gets under way, future Hall of Famer Brett Favre is closing in on some impressive, and not-so-impressive, NFL records. (Stats through Week 1)

Career Records



Wins as starter
John Elway, 148

Passing yards
Dan Marino, 61,361

George Blanda, 277

TD passes
Marino, 420

Pass attempts
Marino, 8,358

Crosby's kick was the highlight of a win that featured strong
special teams and defense by the Packers.

Despite tying John Elway's record for career victories by a
starting quarterback with 148, Favre and his young supporting cast
struggled to score.

"He'd better make 'em all, now," said Favre, referring to
Crosby and the Packers' lack of offense.

It was quite an NFL introduction for Crosby, a rookie from
Colorado who beat out incumbent Dave Rayner in training camp.

"I kind of got thrown into the fire in the first test," Crosby
said. "But that's kind of how I like it. It's exciting."

The Eagles' special teams were exciting, too, but not in a good

J.R. Reed bobbled a punt with 59 seconds remaining and Green
Bay's Jarrett Bush recovered to give Green Bay the ball at the
Philadelphia 31. Reed stepped up to try to field the punt in heavy

"I couldn't believe he went for it," Bush said.

Reed had replaced returner Greg Lewis, whose muffed punt led to
a Packers touchdown in the first quarter.

Neither Lewis nor Reed had ever returned punts in a
regular-season game before Sunday. The Eagles cut Jeremy Bloom, the
two-time Olympic skier who was trying to make it in the NFL after
playing college football at Colorado.

"Obviously, we can't play like that and expect to win football
games," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "I don't want to take
anything away from Green Bay because they did a heck of a job
staying with it and winning the football game. You can't have the
turnovers that we did on special teams and the dropped passes that
we had on offense, the penalties we had on offense and the missed
tackles we had on defense and the penalties we had on defense."

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said the returners needed the
team's support.

"This isn't a time to get down on them or get down on anyone,"
McNabb said. "We all learn from our mistakes and move on."

It was a so-so return to action for McNabb, who tore a knee
ligament last November and finished the regular season on the
sidelines for the second straight year. McNabb was 15-of-33 for 184
yards with a touchdown and an interception, but did feel like he
got back in rhythm with the offense at times during the game.

"It really doesn't matter, I mean, we lost the game," McNabb
said. "I had full command of everything that was going on out
there, just like I thought I would. I mean, again, you try to
practice hard to try and prepare you for the game, but when you get
in game situation, you have to take care of the little things and I
think we didn't do that today."

Running back Brian Westbrook had 85 yards rushing and 46 yards

While Favre was happy the Packers won, he figures there won't be
many more victories in the near future if the offense can't get in
gear, and soon.

"The competitive side of me is not letting me enjoy it as much
as I should," said Favre, who was 23-of-42 for 206 yards.

Halfback Brandon Jackson, a second-round pick out of Nebraska,
filled in for injured starter Vernand Morency and gained 40 yards
on 15 carries.

Another rookie starter, fullback Korey Hall, was playing middle
linebacker at Boise State this time last year. And rookie wide
receiver James Jones also played more than expected after starter
Greg Jennings was inactive with a hamstring injury.

Despite the inexperience, Favre expected more.

"I expect us to score," Favre said. "I expect to lead this
team down and score every time, I really do. That's not just
talking. I really believe that. To not score at all is beyond
disappointing, and I take that personally, as I should."

Game notes
Philadelphia had to play the second half without
cornerback Lito Sheppard, who sprained his knee in the first half
and was unable to return. Reid said Sheppard might be out "a
little while" but would know more after an MRI. ... Packers
starting cornerback Al Harris hyperextended his right elbow
blocking on a punt return. "I'm through with special teams, unless
coach [McCarthy] tells me, 'Al, you've got to get out there,"'
Harris said. ... While it wasn't the most majestic of Favre's
fourth-quarter comebacks, it was the 37th time he had led the
Packers from a fourth-quarter tie or deficit to a win.


ESPN Fan Shop Powered By

  • Antigua Men's Philadelphia Eagles Pique Xtra-Lite Black PoloPrice: $39.99 Shop

  • Nike Toddler Home Game Jersey Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers #12Shop

NFL News