Final

Seahawks 20

(10-6, 3-5 away)

Packers 42

(13-3, 7-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:30 PM ET, January 12, 2008

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 14 3 3 020
GB 14 14 7 742

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hasselbeck (SEA) - 194 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 27 CAR, 201 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 6 REC, 71 YDS, 2 TD

Favre, Grant lead Pack to postseason scoring mark

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre spotted his favorite target all alone and let fly.

He hit Donald Driver, all right -- with a snowball.

Favre frolicked in the flurries the entire afternoon, throwing three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 Saturday to reach the NFC Championship Game.

Birds Attacked
Seattle Seahawks
The Packers set a franchise mark for the most points scored in a postseason game at the expense of the Seahawks. Green Bay put up 42, which is the most allowed by Seattle in the postseason.
Game
Opponent
Points Allowed
'07 div. playoffPackers42
'03 wild cardPackers33
'84 div. playoffDolphins31
'83 AFC champ.Raiders30

"I've been hoping for that for 17 years," Favre said. "I was watching the weather all day and it's a shame, I'm like, 'Just give us one of those big snow games.'

"I wanted to play where you couldn't see the field, and the snowplow comes out. It keeps getting worse and worse," he said.

With Lambeau Field looking like a snow globe, the Packers posted their biggest point total in postseason history.

This was exactly the scene Favre imagined when he decided to postpone retirement and try for another Super Bowl ring.

"It does make you appreciate it," the 38-year-old three-time NFL MVP said. "We could be 3-13 next year. Who knows? So enjoy it and try to get the most out of it."

In the months ahead, Wisconsin might again become a wonder-land -- will Favre come back again? -- but for now, fans are guaranteed at least one more game.

The Packers (14-3) will take on the winner of Sunday's game between the New York Giants and Dallas. If the Cowboys win, they'll host Green Bay; if the Giants win, they'll visit Lambeau.

Green Bay beat the Giants this season and lost to the Cowboys. Favre would certainly prefer to stay home -- he's 0-9 lifetime at Dallas.

"We haven't had a whole lot of success in Dallas and I'm well aware of that," Favre said.

The Packers were happy to advance at all after a rough start.

Ryan Grant recovered from two fumbles that put the Packers down 14-0 after only four minutes. He set a team postseason record by running for 201 yards, and scored three times. After its early slips, Green Bay scored touchdowns on six straight possessions.

"I appreciate everyone sticking with it, staying with me," Grant said.

The Packers reached the NFC title game for the first time since the 1997 season, and the largest crowd ever at Lambeau partied. Favre and Driver started the celebration early, tossing snowballs at each other near the sideline in the closing minutes.

"When I kind of packed it up and threw it, it got kind of hard, like a golf ball. So I kind of threw it at his back or his butt or something. I'm thinking, 'You don't want to puncture an eye or something," Favre said.

"He turns around, packs one and hits me in the face. Good thing it hit my face mask, it might have hit my tooth or something," he said.

Favre tied his personal best for TD strikes in a postseason game. He also extended his own record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 17th straight postseason game, twice hitting Greg Jennings for scores.
Flyin' Ryan
Ryan Grant
Grant
Talk about turning it around. Ryan Grant recovered from two early fumbles to set a Packers' postseason record with 201 yards rushing. In terms of NFL history, Grant's output ranks seventh all-time.
Team
Player
Opponent
Yards
'85 RamsEric DickersonCowboys248
'00 DolphinsLamar SmithColts209
'63 ChargersKeith LincolnPatriots206
'87 RedskinsTimmy SmithBroncos204
'82 JetsFreeman McNeilBengals202
'75 RamsLawrence McCutcheonCardinals202
'07 PackersRyan GrantSeahawks201

But Favre's most memorable effort was a crazy toss to Donald Lee right before halftime.

On third-and-8, Favre somehow spun free from the Seahawks' clutches and stumbled ahead in the snow. Ever the gambler, he flipped a wobbly, underhanded pass that he had no business trying, let alone completing.

"That's right!" Favre shouted.

On the next play, Grant followed with a 3-yard burst and it 28-17 a scant 26 seconds before the break.

"Just gave him the old, usual, underhand toss. We practice that play all the time," Favre cracked. "Boy, what a backbreaker."

Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks (11-7) hoped to reverse what happened the last time they were in town for the playoffs. In January 2004, the teams went to overtime and, after winning the coin toss, Hasselbeck boldly proclaimed: "We want the ball and we're going to score!"

It didn't quite work out that way as Al Harris soon intercepted Hasselbeck's pass and returned it for a 52-yard TD. In fact, a picture of the play is posted right outside the Packers' locker room.

Coming off their 35-14 win over Washington last week in the wild-card round, the Seahawks seemed primed for an upset.

"Great start," Hasselbeck said. "But that's just the start of the game. You've got to finish it."

On Green Bay's first play, Grant caught a pass and fumbled. Then on Seattle's first play, Shaun Alexander plunged in from the 1.

Grant didn't do any better a minute later, when another fumble set up Hasselbeck's 11-yard TD strike to Bobby Engram.

"I thought, 'Oh boy, this ain't too good,' " Favre said. "This is the exact game I didn't want to be in."

At that point, it seemed as if only a Lambeau leap of faith would bring back Green Bay. But when the snow started to pile up, so did the points for the Packers.

Favre joined Joe Montana as the lone players to pass for more than 5,000 yards in the postseason. Earlier this week, Favre admitted he was disappointed that he hadn't performed better in some playoff games -- in fact, he had lost four of his previous five, throwing 13 interceptions in that span.

Coach Mike McCarthy won in his first postseason game, leading the NFL's youngest team to the next round.

The Seahawks fell to 0-7 in postseason road games since their only win, in 1983 when they beat Dan Marino and Miami in the AFC playoffs.

It remains to be seen whether Seattle coach Mike Holmgren will return. At 59, the man who once guided Favre and the Packers to the Super Bowl title has recently dropped hints he might retire.

If he does, his final game will have come just a block or two from Holmgren Way, the street the city named in his honor.

Green Bay played its first postseason game in three seasons and it was classicly Lambeau.

During a coach's challenge in the first quarter, sweepers ran out to clear the yardlines. That eventually became futile, and a snowplow tried to do the job.

"That's kind of what you grow up doing. There's a snowstorm, there's no school, you're out there in the front yard playing with your best friends," Hasselbeck said.

Game notes


Favre improved to 43-5 at Green Bay when the gametime temperature was 34 degrees or colder. It was 31 at kickoff. ... Grant lost one fumble all season before giving it away twice in the first 70 seconds. ... Former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch's return to the field lasted only a few plays for Seattle. He hurt his left knee and did not return. "It's a pretty good injury," Holmgren said. Branch had not played since Dec. 26 because of a strained right calf.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
GB
1st Downs1525
Passing 1st downs
813
Rushing 1st downs
411
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
3-117-10
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5359
Total Yards200408
Yards per play3.86.9
Total Drives1211
Passing172173
Comp-Att
19-3318-23
Yards per pass
4.97.2
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-221-0
Rushing28235
Rushing Attempts
1835
Yards per rush
1.66.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-46-6
Penalties4-285-47
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:0034:00

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck19/331945.9102-22
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre18/231737.5301-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander9202.219
Weaver4102.506
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant272017.4343
Jackson8344.3018

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Engram66711.2122
Obomanu46315.8022
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings67111.8224
Jones34214.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAGB
seaTD14:43Shaun Alexander, 1 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 1 yds, 0:00
70
seaTD11:06Bobby Engram, 11 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yds, 2:52
140
gbTD7:13Greg Jennings, 15 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 3:51
147
gbTD1:06Ryan Grant, 1 yd run (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 64 yds, 4:50
1414
SECOND QUARTERSEAGB
gbTD13:27Greg Jennings, 2 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 18 yds, 1:32
1421
seaFG7:22Josh Brown 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yds, 6:04
1721
gbTD0:30Ryan Grant, 3 yd run (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds, 6:52
1728
THIRD QUARTERSEAGB
gbTD10:32Brandon Jackson, 13 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yds, 3:29
1735
seaFG2:50Josh Brown 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds, 7:39
2035
FOURTH QUARTERSEAGB
gbTD13:30Ryan Grant, 1 yd run (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 4:20
2042