DETROIT (AP) -- Brett Favre slumped over in the middle of the
field after his third turnover of the day.
The three-time MVP, who turns 36 next month, limped to his news
conference about an hour later with gray in his hair and a scruffy
"I'll probably feel worse (Monday), but I could play another
game now," Favre said after two of his three turnovers led to 10
points in a game in which scoring was scarce, helping the Detroit
Lions beat the Green Bay Packers 17-3 Sunday. "Inside, it hurts
The game marked the fewest points Green Bay scored with Favre as
its starting quarterback.
Tampa Bay beat the Packers 31-3 on Sept. 13, 1992, two weeks
before Favre began his record streak of starting 227 straight
games, including the playoffs.
"We obviously have a ways to go offensively," Favre said.
"But if you would've told me we would score three points, I
would've said you were crazy."
After kicking a field goal in the second quarter, Green Bay
didn't have a first down in the second half until its sixth drive.
"It wasn't just us," Lions linebacker Earl Holmes said. "The
special teams bottled up their return game and the offense kept us
off the field so we could catch our breath."
Detroit won its opener for a third straight year, but the Lions
hope this season doesn't wind up like the last two -- or the two
before that. Since 2001, the Lions have lost an NFL-high 48 games.
"We have been in too many of these games in the last couple
years, where we had a chance to put a team away and didn't -- and
too many of them have been against No. 4," Harrington said. "I
have one in mind from last year."
The Lions were leading at Green Bay last season by 13 at
halftime before being handed one of their 10 defeats.
Favre fumbled on the opening possession of the second half,
leading to Jason Hanson's 21-yard field goal. His interception
midway through the fourth quarter, snagged by a diving Kenoy
Kennedy, whose fumble was caught by teammate Terrence Holt, led to
Williams' 3-yard TD catch.
Then Green Bay drove to Detroit's 12 before Favre was sacked
twice and threw his second interception. He finished 27-of-44 for
201 yards with two interceptions and one fumble.
The three-time defending division champions had beaten the Lions
in eight of the last nine meetings.
"To beat a team of that caliber that has been so tough for us
to beat, it's an accomplishment," kick returner Eddie Drummond
In a game expected to be high-scoring, both teams struggled
"There was no finesse at all in this game," Lions coach Steve
Mariucci said. "This was a Norris Division, Black-and-Blue
Green Bay's offense took a hit when Javon Walker, Favre's
favorite target, injured his right knee in the third quarter.
Packers coach Mike Sherman later said the injury was an ACL, which,
if torn, could end Walker's season. Sherman said the team will not
know how serious the injury is until Walker has an MRI on Monday.
The Packers hurt their chances with 14 penalties for 100 yards
and Favre argued for at least a few calls that were not made
against the Lions. Green Bay cornerback Ahmad Carroll was flagged
for illegal use of hands three times, including twice on one drive.
"We didn't play real smart," Green Bay coach Mike Sherman
Detroit's first-string offense didn't score a TD in the
preseason, but did on its second drive. Harrington threw a 9-yard
TD pass to Pollard after an earlier pass in the end zone was broken
up by Mark Roman.
Green Bay got to the Lions 4 on the ensuing drive, but holder
B.J. Sander mishandled a good snap on a botched field-goal attempt.
On the Packers' next possession, Ryan Longwell kicked a 50-yard
field goal, then Favre's fumble gave the Lions great field
position, but Detroit had to settle for a field goal.
Favre is 65 yards from joining the 50,000-yard passing club
with Dan Marino (61,361) and John Elway (51,475). ... Hanson was
limited to extra points and short field goals because of a
hamstring injury. ... There was a moment of silence before the game
in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and victims
of Hurricane Katrina, and the Red Cross collected donations. ...
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