4:30 PM ET, January 12, 2008
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre spotted his favorite target all alone and let fly.He hit Donald Driver, all right -- with a snowball.Favre frolicked in the flurries the entire afternoon, throwing three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 Saturday to reach the NFC Championship Game.
The Packers set a franchise mark for the most points scored in a postseason game at the expense of the Seahawks. Green Bay put up 42, which is the most allowed by Seattle in the postseason.
|'07 div. playoff||Packers||42|
|'03 wild card||Packers||33|
|'84 div. playoff||Dolphins||31|
|'83 AFC champ.||Raiders||30|
Talk about turning it around. Ryan Grant recovered from two early fumbles to set a Packers' postseason record with 201 yards rushing. In terms of NFL history, Grant's output ranks seventh all-time.
|'85 Rams||Eric Dickerson||Cowboys||248|
|'00 Dolphins||Lamar Smith||Colts||209|
|'63 Chargers||Keith Lincoln||Patriots||206|
|'87 Redskins||Timmy Smith||Broncos||204|
|'82 Jets||Freeman McNeil||Bengals||202|
|'75 Rams||Lawrence McCutcheon||Cardinals||202|
|'07 Packers||Ryan Grant||Seahawks||201|
Favre improved to 43-5 at Green Bay when the gametime temperature was 34 degrees or colder. It was 31 at kickoff. ... Grant lost one fumble all season before giving it away twice in the first 70 seconds. ... Former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch's return to the field lasted only a few plays for Seattle. He hurt his left knee and did not return. "It's a pretty good injury," Holmgren said. Branch had not played since Dec. 26 because of a strained right calf.
The Seahawks got on the board quickly as the Packers gave them a short field in the first quarter. Green Bay drew a line in the snow and roared back with four touchdowns behind great zone blocking by the Packers' offensive line and pinpoint passing by a confident Brett Favre. The question most experts had about how well this explosive Green Bay offense would perform in poor weather conditions was answered with hard-nosed running by Ryan Grant and a bunch of YAC by the Packers' air attack. In the end, Green Bay was able to adapt better to the adverse weather conditions and won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||6.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||14:40||Shaun Alexander 1 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)||7||0|
|TD||10:59||Bobby Engram 11 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||14||0|
|TD||07:08||Greg Jennings 15 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Mason Crosby Kick)||14||7|
|TD||01:02||Ryan Grant 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick)||14||14|
|TD||13:22||Greg Jennings 2 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Mason Crosby Kick)||14||21|
|FG||07:18||Josh Brown 29 Yd||17||21|
|TD||00:26||Ryan Grant 3 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick)||17||28|
|TD||10:25||Brandon Jackson 13 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Mason Crosby Kick)||17||35|
|FG||02:46||Josh Brown 27 Yd||20||35|
|TD||13:26||Ryan Grant 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick)||20||42|