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AP Story: Packers Defeat Lions, 40-14


Brett Favre was replaced by backup Doug Pederson again. Only this time, it was for the damage he inflicted.

Favre's sprained left knee gave him no problems in his second start since getting hurt as he threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns, leading Green Bay to a 40-14 rout of the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Packers improved their NFL-best record to 8-1 while taking a five-game lead over second-place Detroit (3-6) in the NFC North.

But the blowout could prove costly as running backs Ahman Green (neck) and Najeh Davenport (foot) got hurt.

Green (12 carries for 50 yards) didn't play after halftime, although his injury didn't appear to be serious. Davenport gained 73 yards in 10 carries before getting hurt in the third quarter.

After Davenport went out, coach Mike Sherman took no more chances with Favre, who guided Green Bay on seven scoring drives in 10 possessions and completed 26 of 39 passes.

He had 295 yards passing by halftime, a career-best.

Donald Driver caught 11 passes for 130 yards and Ryan Longwell kicked four field goals in Green Bay's seventh straight victory _ their longest streak in the regular season since 1963.

Former Packers wideout Bill Schroeder had a terrible return to Lambeau Field. He had no catches and three drops, one of which was intercepted by rookie safety Marques Anderson and returned for a touchdown.

Schroeder dropped a pass in the end zone on the last play of the game.

Anderson also had an interception return for a TD in Green Bay's 37-31 victory at Detroit on Sept. 22.

His score was part of a 27-point second-quarter onslaught by the Packers, whose defense stiffened after allowing Joey Harrington's 64-yard touchdown pass to Az-Zahir Hakim on Detroit's first offensive play.

Longwell's field goals of 30, 40 and 36 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Favre to tight end Bubba Franks gave Green Bay a 16-7 lead at the two-minute warning of the first half.

Longwell's 36-yarder came after linebacker Hardy Nickerson stopped Harrington on fourth-and-inches from the Detroit 35.

Then Schroeder let Harrington's short pass go through his arms, and Anderson was there to return it 14 yards for the touchdown.

After the Lions punted, Favre threw an apparent 41-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn, who hauled in the pass at the 20 and dived at the 5-yard-line, slamming the ball just inside the pylon as he tumbled out of bounds.

After a review, the officials ruled that Glenn's other elbow hit the ground inches shy of the goal line. Davenport went in from there for a 30-7 halftime lead.

The Packers went 74 yards in 13 plays on the opening drive, which ended with Longwell's 30-yard field goal. It took the Lions 15 seconds to answer.

Cornerback Mike McKenzie bit on Harrington's pump fake and Hakim was wide open at the 35 for a 64-yard touchdown and a 7-3 Lions lead.

But the Lions only gained 56 more yards before halftime, and they only had the ball for 5:49 in the first half.

Longwell had a 33-yarder and Favre hit fullback William Henderson with a 9-yard TD pass for a 40-7 lead. Nate Wayne deflected and intercepted Harrington's pass at the Green Bay 4 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Mikhael Ricks' juggling, 1-yard TD catch made it 40-14

-- Associated Press

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