Packers 23

(4-5, 3-2 away)

Vikings 17

(4-5, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 12, 2006


1 2 3 4 T
GB 10 7 3 323
MIN 0 14 0 317

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 347 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Taylor (MIN) - 20 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 6 REC, 191 YDS, 1 TD

Favre takes care of ball as Packers take down Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- If Green Bay was going to beat Minnesota, Brett Favre was going to have to throw the ball to his own team, not the other guys.

Favre followed through on the plan, making sure to savor a hard-to-come-by win at the Metrodome and cautiously ponder the progress made by his rebuilding Packers.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Vikings' offensive woes continue. The Vikings' offensive line was supposed to be the strength and provide consistency, but this unit was leaky against the Packers' defensive front seven. Green Bay did not respect the Minnesota passing game, bringing linebacker blitzes and zone dog pressure that forced breakdowns by veteran fullback Tony Richardson, Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, All-Pro Matt Birk and big Bryant McKinnie and resulting in sacks thanks to missed assignments, poor technique or just physically getting beat. Nothing the Packers defense did out-schemed Minnesota. The Green Bay defense outplayed the Vikings offense.

Brett Favre (above) did a nice job of avoiding pressure, sliding with his feet and giving his receivers additional time to beat coverage. Favre saw the whole field, continually finding the soft spot in coverage. Plus he still has the arm to get the ball downfield to the favorable matchup. Minnesota's defensive front continues to stuff the run with Pat Williams dominating at an elite level, but Favre was given time in the pass game and he made Minnesota pay. The Vikings' pressure packages did not land on Favre as the Packers' young line continues to improve in protection. Green Bay's receivers ran good routes, beating coverage and making big catches when afforded the opportunity.

Favre threw two touchdown passes without a turnover and Donald Driver had a career-high 191 yards receiving in a 23-17 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

"I thought he made great decisions," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said, praising Favre's performance with Minnesota's league-best rushing defense holding down Ahman Green (22 carries, 55 yards).

The Packers (4-5), who have won three of their last four games, were boosted by a strong pass rush and even better pass protection. Favre completed 24 of 42 passes for 347 yards and no interceptions.

"At least for another week it gives us a little hope," said Favre, who improved to 5-10 against the Vikings in their noisy dome.

Brad Johnson went 18-for-30 for 257 yards, one touchdown and two turnovers for Minnesota (4-5), which lost its third straight game after again struggling in several areas.

"They made some clutch plays. It's amazing to watch Favre convert some of those third downs," said Johnson, sounding a bit envious of his opponent's success.

Vikings coach Brad Childress, who was upset with some of Johnson's on-field choices in recent weeks, directed his criticism at the rest of the struggling offense.

"We need to play better around Brad Johnson," Childress said, asked whether his quarterback's limited mobility was a factor in the turnovers and Green Bay's four sacks. "Again, I'm not going to stick that on him. Are there plays that maybe he would have liked back? Sure there are, but I think basically those other 10 need to play around him better."

Dave Rayner made three field goals, besting former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell, who only got a chance to kick one, a 34-yarder with 58 seconds left.

The Vikings (4-5) had three first downs on that desperation drive, the only time they were able to move the chains after halftime without the help of a penalty. They recovered the onside kick, but Artose Pinner was whistled for being offside.

Elias Says
Brett Favre
Didn't you think there would be headlines when Brett Favre finally broke Dan Marino's NFL record for career touchdown passes? And yet when it happened on Sunday, there was nary a word.

Of course, we're talking about Marino's record for touchdown passes in road games. With two touchdown tosses in the Packers' win at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Favre now has thrown 198 touchdown passes on the road, one more than did Marino. (Marino holds a 223-211 advantage in touchdown passes in home games, and leads Favre by 11 overall, 420 to 409.)

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Johnson briefly sparked the offense with consecutive first-half drives that ended in touchdowns by Billy McMullen, but after the break it was more of the same. Bethel Johnson's kickoff return for a touchdown was called back by an illegal-block penalty on Pinner, an inauspicious start to the second half.

After one failed possession in the fourth quarter, Childress screamed at guard Steve Hutchinson and tackle Bryant McKinnie, the prized, multimillion-dollar left side of the line.

Johnson, who lost a first-half fumble on a blind-side sack, saw an overthrow on second-and-1 at his 30 intercepted by Patrick Dendy with less than eight minutes left.

Favre was clearly having a lot more fun, as the television analysts remind viewers so many times. After his third-and-goal pass was turned into a 5-yard score for Herron in the first quarter, Favre leaped into his receiver's arms and patted him hard on the shoulder.

Driver has consistently hurt the Vikings over the years with his speed over the middle, especially on the artificial grass here. He burned Dontarrious Thomas on a crossing pattern right before halftime, racing 82 yards untouched for a huge score to give the Packers a 17-14 lead.

Favre ran as hard as he could to keep up, picking up his favorite receiver when he finally reached him and lifting him onto his shoulder.

"I love that guy," Driver said. "I know what he's thinking. He knows what I'm thinking. That's a great combination. When it's all said and done, I'm just glad I'll be a part of his legacy."

Minnesota scored on a 40-yard reception by a wide-open McMullen and after forcing a three-and-out went ahead 14-10 by covering 82 yards on the next possession. The Vikings even scored in the red zone, where a 4-for-18 touchdown conversion rate was the worst in the league coming into the league.

Johnson threw short on third-and-10 at the 16 to Taylor, who wiggled through the defense but lost the ball at the goal line on a jarring hit by rookie A.J. Hawk. McMullen was in perfect position, though, and pounced on it for just his third career score.

But that was all the success Minnesota could muster.

"We have to cut out the stupid stuff," Hutchinson said. "We're shooting ourselves in the foot."

Game notes

The Packers lost right tackle Mark Tauscher and kick returner Shaun Bodiford to injuries. McCarthy had no update on their condition. ... Chester Taylor had 20 carries for 75 yards for the Vikings.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1614
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6857
Total Yards394312
Yards per play5.85.5
Total Drives1313
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-41-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

gbFG6:43Dave Rayner 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 83 yds, 6:54
gbTD3:40Noah Herron, 5 yd pass from Brett Favre (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 22 yds, 2:55
minTD15:00Billy McMullen, 40 yd pass from Brad Johnson (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 3:42
minTD8:01Chester Taylor, 0 yd pass from Brad Johnson (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yds, 5:20
gbTD1:00Donald Driver, 82 yd pass from Brett Favre (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 97 yds, 1:02
gbFG4:42Dave Rayner 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 2:33
gbFG2:14Dave Rayner 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 5:35
minFG1:02Ryan Longwell 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yds, 1:13