Final

Seahawks 17

(13-3, 5-3 away)

Packers 23

(4-12, 3-5 home)

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 0 7 7 317
GB 6 7 7 323

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 259 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Alexander (SEA) - 20 CAR, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 6 REC, 118 YDS

In possible career finale, Favre's touchdown toss beats Seattle

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- If Sunday's game was the last of Brett Favre's career, at least he went down slinging.

And, in his first losing season with the Green Bay Packers, at least he went out a winner as they beat the playoff-bound Seattle Seahawks 23-17 Sunday.

It was over when ...
Brett Favre, in what might have been his final NFL game, threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Antonio Chatman on third-and-goal to put the Packers ahead 20-14 in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Game ball goes to ...
Due to special circumstances, we'll give out two. To Favre, a future Hall of Famer who played to chants of "one more year!" throughout the day and threw for the decisive score. And to Shaun Alexander, who set an NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 28 and later passed Tiki Barber for the league's rushing lead.

"If this were to be his last game, then I'm really glad I was here," said Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, Favre's former coach in Green Bay. "He has nothing to prove to anybody."

Favre threw his first touchdown pass in the past five games, but the game still featured a few more reminders of why Favre is considering retirement. He threw another interception, his career-worst 29th of the season, and played the end of the game with a shoulder injury.

And he was upstaged for a half by Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, who set an NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 28 and surpassed the New York Giants' Tiki Barber for the NFL rushing crown.

Favre, 36, said in recent weeks he is unsure whether he will play next year. He did not speak to the media after Sunday's game, an unusual move for him. Favre left the field waving to the crowd, surrounded by a swarm of photographers and others.

"I'm going to take some time and get away from the season for a bit and then talk to people here in Green Bay and then we'll see," Favre said in comments distributed by the Packers public relations staff.

Packers coach Mike Sherman, whose own future with the team is in doubt, said he expects to visit Favre soon to "take a ride on his tractor" and talk about next season.

There is no timeline for Favre's decision, although he has had preliminary talks with Packers general manager Ted Thompson.

"Probably in the next month or so," Sherman said. "I'm not that sure."

The Seahawks, meanwhile, plan to spend the next month in the playoffs.

"Now our second season starts," said Holmgren. "Fortunately we have a first-round bye, so we can heal up a little bit and get ready to play in the playoffs."

Alexander scored his record touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. He piled up 73 yards by halftime, enough to pass Barber for the league rushing lead.

Alexander's only misstep was a lost fumble at the end of the first half, his first this season.

"I'm very happy about that and so was he," Holmgren said. "He was disappointed because he fumbled on the last carry, and he hadn't done it all year where we lost one. He's had a great season."

Last year, Alexander blamed Holmgren for costing him the NFL rushing title. But despite the Seahawks (13-3) having already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Holmgren let Alexander run wild in the first half Sunday.

"I was hoping he didn't need as many yards, quite honestly, but then last night Tiki Barber went for a whole bunch," Holmgren said. "We wanted him to have the record, he wanted to have the record, the linemen wanted the record for him."

Packers fans, meanwhile, made it clear they want Favre to return next season.

Favre gave the Packers (4-12) what might be one last taste of his glory with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Chatman on third-and-goal to put the Packers ahead 20-14 in the third quarter. Favre hadn't thrown a touchdown pass in the Packers' previous four games, the longest drought of his career.

Favre had been sacked six plays earlier, but a tripping penalty gave the Packers (4-12) a new set of downs. Fans began chanting "one more year," a chant they would repeat several times in the second half.

Favre was 21-of-37 for 259 yards, aiming most of his passes at wide receiver Donald Driver, one of the few familiar faces in the Packers' huddle these days.

Driver, who has become Favre's preferred target in the wake of injuries to wide receiver Javon Walker and tight end Bubba Franks, caught six passes for 118 yards Sunday.

Driver said the team gave Favre a game ball.

"No one knows what the future holds right now," Driver said. "He's a great friend of mine, as well as a player and partner. I'm just hoping that he comes back for another year. If he doesn't, I wish the best for him."

Favre converted three third-down passes to Driver on the Packers' first drive, and Ryan Longwell kicked a 26-yard field goal to put the Packers ahead 3-0.

Longwell added another field goal to put the Packers ahead 6-0. Alexander's record-setting touchdown gave the Seahawks a 7-6 lead in the second quarter.

The Packers answered with an 11-yard touchdown run by rookie Noah Herron for a 13-7 lead before the half.

Holmgren rested Alexander and starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the second half. Backup Seneca Wallace threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Joe Jurevicius, the first of Wallace's career, to put the Seahawks ahead 14-13. Then Al Harris' interception of Wallace's pass set up Favre's touchdown pass to Chatman, which put the Packers ahead 20-14.

Game notes


: The Seahawks' Josh Brown kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:38 left. ... Longwell, the Packers' all-time leading scorer who will be a free agent at the end of the season, added a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
GB
1st Downs1721
Passing 1st downs
1012
Rushing 1st downs
55
1st downs from penalties
24
3rd down efficiency
5-1311-20
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5973
Total Yards245314
Yards per play4.24.3
Total Drives1312
Passing147246
Comp-Att
15-2521-37
Yards per pass
5.16.2
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-273-13
Rushing9868
Rushing Attempts
3033
Yards per rush
3.32.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-6
Penalties5-587-50
Turnovers23
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:4735:13

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wallace9/17985.8113-20
Hasselbeck6/8769.5001-7
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre21/372597.0113-13

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander20733.7112
Morris9252.8016
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Herron23612.7111
Fisher7162.307

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Warrick24422.0033
Hackett4399.8013
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver611819.7059
Fisher6447.3010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAGB
gbFG8:48Ryan Longwell 18 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 62 yds, 6:06
03
gbFG3:09Ryan Longwell 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yds, 3:58
06
SECOND QUARTERSEAGB
seaTD13:05Shaun Alexander, 1 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 10:05
76
gbTD8:29Noah Herron, 11 yd run (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yds, 2:43
713
THIRD QUARTERSEAGB
seaTD10:36Joe Jurevicius, 5 yd pass from Seneca Wallace (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds, 4:19
1413
gbTD3:46Antonio Chatman, 9 yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 28 yds, 3:14
1420
FOURTH QUARTERSEAGB
gbFG11:00Ryan Longwell 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 24 yds, 3:51
1423
seaFG1:43Josh Brown 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yds, 1:06
1723