Final

Packers 37

(10-1, 5-0 away)

Lions 26

(6-5, 4-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

12:30 PM ET, November 22, 2007

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 17 14 637
DET 6 3 3 1426

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 381 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 15 CAR, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 10 REC, 147 YDS

Favre completes 20 straight passes as Packers light up Lions

DETROIT (AP) -- Brett Favre sported a white T-shirt, carpenter's pants and a scruffy beard.

It was the only time he looked like just another guy on Thanksgiving.

Another One Bites Dust
Brett Favre
Dan Marino's numerous records are slowly being taken over -- all by the same person. Brett Favre took control of another Marino record, this time becoming the player with the most career games with three or more touchdowns.
Player
Games
Brett Favre63
Dan Marino62
Peyton Manning44
Fran Tarkenton41
Joe Montana40

Favre set a Green Bay record with 20 consecutive completions and finished with a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 37-26 victory over the slumping Detroit Lions.

"I threw it. They caught it," he said simply. "Nothing spectacular."

Yeah, right.

The three-time MVP put together another sensational performance that made the 38-year-old quarterback look as if he's back in his prime. Favre's seventh 300-yard game of the season matched a team mark he set in 1995.

"He's the greatest ever," Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said.

Green Bay (10-1) matched its best 11-game record since 1929 and the NFC North leaders have a four-game lead with five games left in the regular season. The Packers can improve their chances of earning home-field advantage if they win next week at Dallas -- also 10-1 aftermanhandling the New York Jets 34-3 later Thursday.

"One game is not going to define us," Favre said. "It may have some implications for the playoffs, but we can't worry about that right now.

"We're going to enjoy this one today."

The Lions would love to forget it.

Detroit (6-5) lost its third straight game, making its playoff picture bleak because it would lose wild-card tiebreakers against the New York Giants, Washington, Philadelphia and Arizona.

"We aren't where we want to be, but we are where we need to be," Kitna said. "We have to get to 10. Ten gets you in."

Kitna said before the season he would be disappointed if Detroit didn't win at least 10 games. Now, the Lions might struggle to finish .500 with tough games left including matchups with Dallas at home and on the road against Green Bay and San Diego.

"There's no panic in my life," Detroit coach Rod Marinelli insisted. "This is a tough challenge, but I believe in these players."

Green Bay overcame a six-point deficit in the first quarter and Favre's pinpoint passes helped it lead 34-12 early in the fourth.

Just when Detroit looked as if it was going to be routed for the fourth straight time in its marquee game, Kitna connected with Calvin Johnson in the end zone and Kevin Jones scored to pull the Lions within eight.

Green Bay got the ball back with 6:34 left and took time off the clock, setting up Mason Crosby's third field goal to put the game out of reach with 1:44 to go.

Favre completed 31 of 41 passes, and his streak of 20 straight spanned the first and second halves to surpass the team record of 18 set by Lynn Dickey in 1983 and matched by Don Majkowski in 1989.

At one point, Green Bay called 17 straight pass plays.

"You never think he's going to miss one," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said.

Complete Success
Brett Favre has swiped record after record this season. Now his resume includes the most consecutive completions in Packers history, surpassing the team record of 18 and his personal best of 14. Here are his career best consecutive completions:
Opponent
Completions
Lions (Nov. 2007)
20
Bears (Oct. 2007)
14
Giants (Sept. 2007)
14
Bills (Sept. 2000)
14

The streak ended when Koren Robinson was just out of bounds on a catch in the end zone.

"We blew it," Greg Jennings said.

Jennings caught two TD passes and Donald Driver had 10 receptions for 147 yards, enjoying another day that Favre is his quarterback.

"When I came in 1999, he was playing the same way he's playing now," Driver said.

Like a kid, Favre was fired up when he saw an available ice cream sandwich on a table after walking away from his news conference.

"Oh yeah," he said.

The only glaring mistake Favre made came after the first snap when a guard tripped him as he was trying to hand the ball off.

"Maybe I was a little slow coming out, but that's never happened," he said with a grin.

Ryan Grant had 101 yards rushing and a score after running for just 7 yards in the first half, helping Green Bay take time off the clock.

Kitna was 19-of-40 for 224 yards with a TD and an interception. Johnson had 83 yards receiving and a score. Jones added 93 yards rushing and a TD.

Too often, the Lions had to settle for field goals and Jason Hanson made each of his four attempts. They drove to the Packers 23 twice and their 32 on their first three drives, but came away with just two field goals.

"We didn't make plays in the red zone early in the game, and that was the difference," Kitna said.

The Lions finally played a game on Thanksgiving that meant something, but ended up losing for the fourth straight time to match their worst skid on the holiday in four decades. Under team president Matt Millen, they are 1-6 in the only game each season that the nation can watch on TV and have fallen to 33-33-2 overall.

"I don't have all the answers, but we have to get better," Jones said.

Game notes


Favre's streak was two short of matching the NFL mark. ... Green Bay's 1962 championship-winning team was 10-1 after losing on Thanksgiving at Detroit and the 1929 Packers were 10-0-1 following a tie with the Frankford Yellow Jackets. ... The Lions had starting OT George Foster inactive, a move that backfired when his replacement, Jonathan Scott, left the game early because of a hamstring injury. ... Green Bay CB/PR Charles Woodson (toe), DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (ankle), DT Colin Cole (forearm) and Lions CB Stanley Wilson (knee) were injured.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
DET
1st Downs2525
Passing 1st downs
1914
Rushing 1st downs
37
1st downs from penalties
34
3rd down efficiency
1-75-15
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays5874
Total Yards481331
Yards per play8.34.5
Total Drives1412
Passing381197
Comp-Att
31-4119-40
Yards per pass
9.34.5
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-04-27
Rushing100134
Rushing Attempts
1730
Yards per rush
5.94.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-72-3
Penalties9-817-59
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:4134:19

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre31/413819.3300-0
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna19/402245.6114-27

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant151016.7131
Favre2-1-0.500
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones20934.7123
Duckett7294.1010

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver1014714.7041
Jones57515.0020
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson78311.9116
Cason45814.5020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBDET
detFG7:17Jason Hanson 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 52 yds, 7:49
03
detFG6:08Jason Hanson 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 0:49
06
SECOND QUARTERGBDET
gbTD14:47Greg Jennings, 11 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 11 yds, 0:00
76
gbTD7:42Ryan Grant, 5 yd run (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:51
146
detFG6:30Jason Hanson 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -3 yds, 1:26
149
gbFG0:04Mason Crosby 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 2:12
179
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gbTD11:17Greg Jennings, 4 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:47
249
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
detFG5:21Jason Hanson 52 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 42 yds, 5:58
3412
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gbTD1:53Ruvell Martin, 3 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:27
3112
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
gbFG13:12Mason Crosby 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yds, 2:31
3412
detTD10:03Calvin Johnson, 6 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yds, 3:10
3419
detTD6:39Kevin Jones, 1 yd run (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yds, 1:37
3426
gbFG1:48Mason Crosby 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yds, 4:50
3726