Redskins 14

(3-2, 1-1 away)

Packers 17

(5-1, 3-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2007

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 7 7 0 014
GB 7 0 10 017

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 217 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 20 CAR, 64 YDS

Receiving: C. Cooley (WSH) - 9 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Favre leads Green Bay to 5-1 after win over Washington

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Cornerback Charles Woodson scooped up the ball -- and lifted the spirits of the Green Bay Packers' suddenly sagging offense.

Woodson's 57-yard fumble return in the third quarter gave the Packers the go-ahead touchdown in a 17-14 victory over the Washington Redskins at soggy Lambeau Field on Sunday.

"It was a big play today," Woodson said. "Hopefully, I have many more to come."

The Birthday Boy
Brett Favre

Brett Favre, who turned 38 on Wednesday, has had some impressive showings soon after blowing out the candles. While Sunday's 188 yard, 2-INT performance wasn't among them, the following is a list of Favre's best games played right after his birthday.
Year Age Stats Result
2002 33 3 TDs W vs. Pats
2001 32 337 yds, 3 TDs W vs. Ravens
1999 30 390 yds, 2 TDs W vs. Bucs *
1996 27 395 yds, TD W vs. 49ers
1995 26 342 yds, 2 TDs W vs Lions
* Game was actually played on Favre's birthday (Oct. 10).

With Green Bay's previously top-ranked passing offense sputtering and the Packers trailing 14-10 late in the third quarter, defensive lineman Corey Williams stripped Redskins receiver Santana Moss on an end-around. Woodson picked up the ball and ran to the end zone.

The Packers (5-1) won despite an off day from Brett Favre, who became the NFL's career interception king with an errant pass picked off by Redskins safety Sean Taylor in the third quarter.

"I could care less," Favre said. "We won the game. I'm glad it's over, just like the other records. We're 5-1, so it feels a lot better than having no picks and being 1-5."

Despite Favre's off day -- he was 19-of-37 for 188 yards and threw a second interception to Taylor in the fourth quarter -- the Packers recovered from their first loss of the season against Chicago last Sunday, regaining momentum as they head into their bye.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the Redskins were the best team the Packers have played so far, but he still hasn't seen his young team play a complete game.

"We feel good about being 5-1, but we're a team that needs to clean our house," McCarthy said.

The Redskins (3-2) baffled a pass-happy NFC North offense for the second week in a row after beating Detroit, but offensive mistakes cost them on Sunday. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said his team's fumbles and dropped passes weren't acceptable, even in wet conditions.

"Certainly that's no excuse for us," Gibbs said. "We're out in it, and we've got to make the catches."

Between the fumble and a subsequent leg cramp, Moss apparently was so upset that he took himself out of the game.

"I took myself out," Moss said. "Something wasn't feeling right with me, and why go out there and keep another guy from helping us win? There was [stuff] going on and I wasn't making the plays that I should have been making."

Gibbs didn't blame Moss for the loss.

"You've got to look at that and say, 'That's something that just happened to us today,'" Gibbs said. "Certainly, we've got great confidence in him and he means a lot to us."

On the Packers' first possession after halftime, Favre spotted rookie wide receiver James Jones wide open for a sure touchdown. But the ball hung in the air, and Taylor recovered to make a leaping catch near the sideline.

Favre's record-setting interception came two weeks after Favre surpassed Dan Marino's career record for touchdown passes and a month after Favre broke John Elway's record for most career victories for a starting quarterback.

The Packers then had a touchdown pass erased by a holding penalty on tackle Mark Tauscher and Mason Crosby kicked a 37-yard field goal, cutting the Redskins' lead to 14-10.

Then came Moss' momentum-changing fumble. Woodson got a block from Al Harris on Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell to get to the end zone.

"I didn't think anybody would catch me," Woodson said. "I turned around, and I'd seen Campbell running pretty fast, [to] catch up to me. I got a late block by Al to kind of help me out a little bit."

But Crosby missed a 38-yarder in the fourth quarter, the second miss of the day for a rookie who had missed only one field goal coming in. The Redskins then drove to the Packers 32, where Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett stopped Ladell Betts on fourth-and-1.

Favre threw his second interception of the day to Taylor, giving the Redskins another chance with 4:14 left. The Packers forced a punt and held on for the victory.

Campbell got the Redskins off to a good start, finding tight end Chris Cooley seven times for 97 yards before halftime. Cooley's 14-yard reception gave Washington a 14-7 first half lead.

"All the things that happened today, we've got to take it and learn from it," Campbell said. "We can't do [any] finger-pointing -- we're all in this together. I could've done some things better, everybody else could've done some things better."

Favre, meanwhile, was limping noticeably as he walked to the interview podium and said somebody rolled up on his ankle on an early scramble.

Sounds like a good time for a week off.

"It really doesn't feel very good right now, but the bye week will help a little bit," Favre said. "I'm sure it will hurt two weeks from now; it hurt before the game."

Game notes

Redskins right tackle Todd Wade left in the second quarter with a groin injury. Center Casey Rabach (Gibbs thought it was a groin problem) also was injured. The extent of their injuries was unclear after the game. ... Packers tight end Bubba Franks hurt his knee in the second half and was unable to return.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1813
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6959
Total Yards304225
Yards per play4.43.8
Total Drives1516
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-21-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

gbTD8:20DeShawn Wynn, 3 yd run (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 63 yds, 0:56
wshTD3:51Jason Campbell, 6 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yds, 4:33
wshTD1:17Chris Cooley, 14 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 3:59
gbFG3:07Mason Crosby 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 33 yds, 6:59
gbTD2:21Charles Woodson, 57 yd fumble return (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 5 yds, 0:58