Final

Vikings 24

(2-4, 0-3 away)

Packers 28

(4-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, October 24, 2010

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 7 10 7 024
GB 7 7 14 028

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 295 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 28 CAR, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Jones (GB) - 4 REC, 107 YDS

Packers hold off Vikings as Brett Favre throws 3 INTs in 2nd half

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It looked like one of Brett Favre's old comebacks with the Green Bay Packers, and now he'd done it to them. At Lambeau Field, too.

Then came a replay review that wiped out the Minnesota Vikings' touchdown -- and finally a win for the Packers over their former quarterback.

Favre threw three second-half interceptions and the Packers held on to beat the Vikings 28-24 on Sunday night.

"It's devastating," Favre said. "I don't know how else to put it. I take a lot of pride and ownership in all phases of the game. You've got the ball in your hand, you hope to win those. You just feel like you let everybody down."

After the game, Vikings coach Brad Childress criticized his quarterback for turning the ball over. He also criticized the officials, calling the game in which the Vikings had three touchdowns reversed on replay "the worst officiated game I've seen."

"You can't throw it to them, you've got to play within the confines of our system," Vikings coach Brad Childress said of Favre. "Sometimes it's OK to punt the football. You can't give seven points going the other way, not in a game like this."

Still, Favre appeared to deliver another signature comeback win with an apparent touchdown strike to Percy Harvin with 48 seconds left -- but the score was overturned when a replay review determined the wide receiver came down with one foot out of bounds.

Down to his last chance on fourth-and-15 at the 20, Favre threw incomplete.

"A little payback don't hurt," linebacker Desmond Bishop said.

Green Bay turned Favre's two third-quarter interceptions into touchdowns that erased the Vikings' halftime lead, including a 32-yard return by Bishop. It was the ninth interception that was returned for a touchdown in the league on Sunday.

A.J. Hawk and Nick Collins also picked off errant passes by Favre.

Favre came up limping after throwing the interception to Hawk early in the third quarter. Childress said he "did have a thought" about taking Favre out of the game but never approached him about it.

"I was going to give him that next series and he took us and moved us down the field," Childress said.

Favre acknowledged his left ankle was hurt, and it didn't sound like a lock that he would play next week.

"If I can play but not be effective, then it's not worth playing," Favre said. "I hope I use good judgment, so we'll see, I'm no spring chicken anymore. I don't heal as quickly. I know the heart's in the right place, though, I know I left it on the field, it just disappointing that it didn't work our way."

Favre, who had surgery on his injured ankle in the offseason, has started an NFL-record 291 consecutive games.

Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay (4-3). He also threw a pair of costly first-half interceptions -- uncharacteristic mistakes for a quarterback known for good decision-making in the red zone.

"Our biggest rival and the close score, the way it ended, it was definitely a special night for us," Rodgers said.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 131 yards for the Vikings (2-4). Favre was 16 of 29 for 212 yards with a touchdown and the three interceptions.

"It's over," Collins said. "Finally."

It was Favre's second trip back to Lambeau Field as a Viking, but the buildup to this year's game wasn't quite as intense as last year's matchups. Favre led the Vikings to a pair of wins over the Packers last year, looking sharp in the process.

Fans booed Favre again when he took the field.

But both teams got off to disappointing starts this season, a much bigger concern than the division rivalry or the Favre-driven circus going into Sunday's game.

"We've got a lot of time here," Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "We can go 12 and 4. It's far from over. We've got a lot of time left. A little urgency is probably going to be there, but there's no sense of panic."

Favre has pressing personal concerns as well. He's currently in the middle of an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent lewd photographs and suggestive messages to a female New York Jets employee in 2008. Favre met with an NFL security official during the week but has not publicly addressed the allegations, which were posted on the Deadspin website.

Still, he almost managed to put it all aside and pull off a comeback.

Harvin didn't dispute the call that wiped out his late touchdown.

"I did the best I could trying to get the ball down," Harvin said. "It was a heck of a throw. I just ran out of space. Some of those plays you make, some of them you don't."

Game notes


Harvin had three carries for 41 yards, including a TD run in the first quarter, five catches for 65 yards receiving and three kickoff returns for 81 yards. ... Packers wide receiver James Jones caught four passes for 107 yards. ... Packers coach Mike McCarthy said defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins strained a calf muscle before the game and Ryan Pickett left the game after hurting his ankle.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIN
GB
1st Downs2120
Passing 1st downs
914
Rushing 1st downs
115
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
6-146-11
4th down efficiency
2-31-3
Total Plays6658
Total Yards402379
Yards per play6.16.5
Total Drives1110
Passing206295
Comp-Att
16-2921-35
Yards per pass
6.98.4
Interceptions thrown
32
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-60-0
Rushing19684
Rushing Attempts
3623
Yards per rush
5.43.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-43-4
Penalties6-402-20
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
32
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession31:0428:56

Passing Leaders

MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre16/292127.3131-6
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers21/342958.7220-0
Flynn0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson281314.7117
Harvin34113.7117
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson13584.5114
Rodgers3144.7011

Receiving Leaders

MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harvin56513.0037
Peterson24120.5026
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones410726.8045
Jennings67412.3124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINGB
gbTD5:11Brandon Jackson 1 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 2:28
07
minTD1:16Percy Harvin 17 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 44 yds, 3:56
77
SECOND QUARTERMINGB
gbTD14:57Andrew Quarless 9 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 1:18
714
minTD10:20Adrian Peterson 1 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 4:37
1414
minFG4:04Ryan Longwell 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:09
1714
THIRD QUARTERMINGB
gbTD8:49Greg Jennings 14 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 41 yds, 3:00
1721
gbTD7:55Desmond Bishop 32 Yard Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 4 yds, 0:59
1728
minTD4:16Randy Moss 4 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 58 yds, 3:33
2428

Research Notes

Last season, Brett Favre was triumphant in his return to Lambeau, throwing 4 touchdowns in leading the Vikings to victory. Sunday was a different story. Favre completed just 55 percent of his passes and threw 3 interceptions in the 2nd half. He finished with a passer rating of 50.4, almost 80 points lower than last year.
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