The Green Bay Packers couldn't have asked for any better execution from Brett Favre and the No. 1 offense, until their very last play.
In front of 59,362 fans at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Favre directed two flawless 75-yard scoring drives on the first two possessions of the Family Night scrimmage against the No. 2 defense.
Then in their two-minute drive against the No. 1 defense, Favre and the offense marched 62 yards and was in the red zone when Favre made his lone mistake of the evening, under-throwing a pass into end zone that was easily picked off by Nick Collins.
Still, it was an impressive display of execution up to that point, with Favre completing 13-of-14 passes for 156 yards before the interception on his last play.
"We were consistent," said receiver Greg Jennings, who had four catches for 31 yards on the first two drives. "Obviously we weren't going against the 1s, but anytime you can move the ball down the field consistently and at a methodical pace, where everybody is making plays and everybody is on the same page, that says a lot."
The first drive took nine plays to go the 75 yards. Favre was 5-for-5 for 58 yards, zipping an 11-yard TD pass to Donald Driver on a crossing route. Driver also had a 22-yard catch. The running game contributed as well. Brandon Jackson had three carries for 12 yards, and Noah Herron ran once for 5 yards to convert a third-and-3, the only third down on the drive.
The second drive seemed even smoother, taking only six plays and including some no-huddle work. Favre was 4-for-4 for 70 yards. Driver made a falling, 33-yard grab along the sideline, and Jackson followed with a 25-yard catch down the middle to put the ball on the 1. The rookie running back, who had six carries for 20 yards on the night, finished it with a TD plunge.
"We always have to start with one completion and then we go from there," said Driver, who finished with four catches for 72 yards. "Greg said it best, he said we drove the ball down and didn't have any incomplete balls. That's shows you the offense is coming together. We still have work to do, but it's coming along."
Favre's first incomplete pass didn't come until the first play of the two-minute drive, when Aaron Kampman batted it down at the line. But two passes to Herron gained 19 yards, a defensive pass interference gained 17 yards, and Herron rushed twice for 16 more.
That left the offense with third-and-1 on the 13-yard line. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Favre was looking for a receiver in the back of the end zone but underthrew the ball, and Collins made the easy interception.
"I thought Brett was in a good rhythm," McCarthy said. "I thought he had a polished evening. He had one mistake in the two-minute.
"Brett looked very sharp. I liked the tempo of the first offense. I was very pleased with the performance of the first offense."