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.

"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

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

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

"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

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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