Final

Packers 23

(4-0, 2-0 away)

Vikings 16

(1-3, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 3 3 1023
MIN 0 6 3 716

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 344 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 12 CAR, 112 YDS

Receiving: B. Wade (MIN) - 5 REC, 83 YDS

Favre's record-setting day helps Green Bay stay perfect 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The record is his, for now, and Brett Favre can return his focus on two other numbers: 4-0.

To hear him tell it over and over, this is all he has ever worried about: helping Green Bay win.

Passing into history
Brett Favre

Brett Favre threw career touchdown pass No. 421 in the first quarter against the Vikings to pass Dan Marino on the all-time list. The Packers legend is close to the career marks in a few other areas. (Stats through Week 4)
Career Records Favre Holder
Wins as starter 151 Favre
Passing yards 58,705 Dan Marino, 61,361
Interceptions 275 George Blanda, 277
TD passes 422 Favre*
Pass attempts 8,394 Favre**
*Marino previously held (420); **Marino previously held (8,358)

Favre became the NFL's all-time leader in career touchdown passes with a couple of vintage third-down zingers Sunday, and the Packers stayed unbeaten with a 23-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

"To win, and get this behind us, is a great feeling," said Favre, who threw No. 421 in the first quarter to Greg Jennings and No. 422 in the fourth quarter to rookie James Jones.

He also went interception-free against a defense determined to make him the league's all-time leader in that category. Favre remained three picked-off passes away from topping George Blanda on the career list.

Former teammate Darren Sharper had one in the first quarter that was wiped out by a penalty. He congratulated Favre after the game that left the frustrated Vikings 1-3. The Packers joined the Dallas Cowboys as the NFC's only undefeated teams.

Favre was the obvious difference in the decision over pass-deficient Minnesota.

"He's making all the proper decisions. You don't see him making some of the decisions he made in the past," Sharper said. "They're putting a lot on him, throwing the ball a lot, and he's not making too many bad throws. He's playing at the MVP level that he has played at before."

Kelly Holcomb is, well, not quite in Favre's class.

He threw a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:55 left to pull the Vikings within seven, and a nearly disastrous fumble gave Minnesota a chance to tie it.

Favre's handoff to Ryan Grant wasn't clean, and Chad Greenway fell on it at the Minnesota 46. But Holcomb's tipped pass from the Packers 34 was intercepted by Atari Bigby, with the Vikings screaming unsuccessfully for an interference call on Charles Woodson.

"They can't blatantly hold you," Holcomb said.

Minnesota also argued at another crucial point that Korey Hall fumbled when Antoine Winfield hit him hard out of the backfield. Greeenway picked up the ball and would've scored an easy touchdown, but the incomplete pass ruling was not allowed to be challenged by coach Brad Childress.

"I'm not in the business of being a referee, but it seemed like he caught and turned," Greenway said.

Ultimately, the Vikings had bigger concerns. Holcomb went 21-for-39 for 258 yards, but those numbers were boosted by the late rally.

Scouts Buzz
Don't let Brett Favre's record-setting touchdown pass overshadow just how well he is playing and just how important he is to a young Green Bay team. Favre's enthusiasm and passion for the game far surpass that of any of his teammates, and his command of the offense in his second year in the system is exceptional. He directs traffic with the best of them, doesn't fear pressure and is deadly accurate in compromising positions, such as throwing off his back foot.

Favre is getting everyone who is eligible involved as a pass catcher. He did all of this and more Sunday on the road in a hostile environment, and even though the running game was nonexistent, Favre stayed patient, audibled into the correct plays, and used slants, screens, dump-offs and short crossing patterns to consistently move the ball against Minnesota's two-deep zone.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 4 Scouts Buzz

Adrian Peterson rushed 12 times for 112 yards and had a 51-yard kickoff return in the second half, and Chester Taylor ripped off a 37-yard run, too. All they had to show for all that in the first 58 minutes was Ryan Longwell's three field goals.

"I'd be lying to say we're not disappointed," Peterson said.

Winning for the fourth time in the last five meetings here, Favre went 32-for-45 for 344 yards. Green Bay is 4-0 for the first time since 1998.

"He cares about the record, but it's not the most important thing," defensive end Aaron Kampman said. "He cares about winning. That's when you know you have a special teammate."

The Packers don't really have a running game this season. Punter Jon Ryan had the longest carry in the first three quarters, a 7-yard dance on a called fake that made several Vikings miss and extended the opening drive of the second half.

Favre fired a 16-yard pass to a wide-open Ruvell Martin on third-and-11 and moved the Packers close enough for a 44-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, who went 3-for-3.

"We're in a throw mode right now," Favre said.

Minnesota can sure run the ball, thanks to Peterson, the rookie with the quick moves and the power to run right through the secondary. The Vikings have a stout defense, too, especially against the rush.

But for the second straight season, that's not leading to success.

The Packers, led by Kampman, applied a strong, steady rush, but Holcomb didn't show much poise in the pocket. He threw balls into the line, held onto others too long, and nearly had multiple interceptions.

As if Green Bay needed more reason to appreciate Favre.

"I'm so glad we won the game. There was so much emphasis on this record and not the game itself," he said. "Everyone's like, 'What are you going to do? Are you going to have a big celebration?' Put yourself in my shoes. I want to help this team win. I do not want us to get blindsided by this record and what we're actually here for."

Game notes


Vikings DE Ray Edwards bruised his hip in the fourth quarter and didn't return, but X-rays were negative. ... Packers DBs Nick Collins (knee) and Al Harris (hand) were both injured, but they came back.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Green Bay
Minnesota
1st Downs2020
3rd down efficiency
7-145-15
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Yards384382
Yards per play5.85.9
Total Drives10
Passing338227
Comp-Att
32-4521-39
Yards per pass
7.55.8
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-64-31
Rushing46155
Rushing Attempts
2022
Yards per rush
2.37.0
Penalties6-407-40
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
21
Interceptions thrown
01
Possession30:5829:02

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre32/453447.6201-6
MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Holcomb21/392586.6114-31

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wynn10202.003
Grant3175.7015
MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson121129.3055
Taylor8405.0037

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lee46616.5027
Driver7588.3014
MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wade58316.6040
Rice67512.5115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBMIN
TD04:56Greg Jennings 16 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Mason Crosby Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERGBMIN
FG05:19Ryan Longwell 44 Yd 73
FG01:56Ryan Longwell 35 Yd 76
FG00:02Mason Crosby 28 Yd 106
THIRD QUARTERGBMIN
FG06:04Mason Crosby 44 Yd 136
FG03:18Ryan Longwell 48 Yd 139
FOURTH QUARTERGBMIN
FG12:44Mason Crosby 33 Yd 169
TD05:46James Jones 33 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Mason Crosby Kick) 239
TD01:55Sidney Rice 15 Yd Pass From Kelly Holcomb (Ryan Longwell Kick) 2316