Favre's TD Pass Streak Ends In Loss


In what turned out to be a dreary day for the Green Bay Packers in Philadelphia, a number of impressive streaks came to a close in the Green and Gold's 47-17 loss to the Eagles.

By all accounts, the most important streak to be snapped was the Packers' six-game winning streak, which saw the team rebound from a 1-4 start and return to first place in the NFC North Division.

Another impressive run was ended in the defeat, one which saw Brett Favre's assault on the NFL record books hit a roadblock.

Coming into Sunday's action, the ironman quarterback had thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last 36 games, good for second place on the all-time list. Only Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas ever put together a longer run, making a scoring throw in 47 straight contests for the Baltimore Colts from 1956-1960.

Favre's streak traced back to a Monday night home game against the Miami Dolphins November 4, 2002, a game won by the Packers 24-10 with the quarterback hitting Ahman Green for a 23-yard score.

Over the next 36 games, Favre would throw 67 touchdowns to 10 different receivers. In those games, the Packers compiled a record of 23 wins and 13 losses.

Overall during the streak, Favre threw 1,164 passes, completing 740 of them, good for 8,154 yards with the aforementioned 67 scores against 45 interceptions.

Four times during the run, Favre threw four TDs in a single game - December 14, 2003 at San Diego, December 22, 2003 at Oakland, September 26, 2004 at Indianapolis, and November 14, 2004 at home against Minnesota.

The most common target of a six-point throw from #4 over the course of the 36 games was Javon Walker, who connected with the passer 17 times, including three times in the Indianapolis contest earlier this season.

The longest TD throw came on an 84-yard pass play to Donald Driver in the third game of the streak against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in November of 2002.

Seven of the passes officially covered just one yard, with four of those short tosses finding the hands of tight end Bubba Franks.

Here's a look at Favre's impressive 36-game run, game by game:

Date, Opponent, Number of TDs

11/4/02, vs. Miami (1)

11/10/02, vs. Detroit (2)

11/17/02, @ Minnesota (2)

11/24/02, @ Tampa Bay (1)

12/1/02, vs. Chicago (2)

12/8/02, vs. Minnesota (2)

12/15/02, @San Francisco (1)

12/22/02, vs. Buffalo (1)

12/29/02, @NY Jets (1)

9/7/03, vs. Minnesota (1)

9/14/03, vs. Detroit (2)

9/21/03, @ Arizona (1)

9/29/03, @Chicago (3)

10/5/03, vs. Seattle (2)

10/12/03, vs. Kansas City (2)

10/19/03, @St. Louis (2)

11/2/03, @Minnesota (3)

11/10/03, vs. Philadelphia (1)

11/16/03, @ Tampa Bay (1)

11/23/03, vs. San Francisco (2)

11/27/03, @ Detroit (2)

12/7/03, vs. Chicago (1)

12/14/03, @ San Diego (4)

12/22/03, @Oakland (4)

12/28/03, vs. Denver (1)

9/13/04, @ Carolina (1)

9/19/04, vs. Chicago (1)

9/26/04, @ Indianapolis (4)

10/3/04, vs. NY Giants (1)

10/11/04, vs. Tennessee (2)

10/17/04, @ Detroit (2)

10/24/04, vs. Dallas (2)

10/31/04, @ Washington (1)

11/14/04, vs. Minnesota (4)

11/21/04, @ Houston (1)

11/29/04, vs. St. Louis (3)

And a look at the breakdown of how many times Favre connected with each receiver during the 36-game span:

Receiver, Number of TDs

Javon Walker, 17

Donald Driver, 11

Bubba Franks, 11

Robert Ferguson, 7

Ahman Green, 7

William Henderson, 6

Tony Fisher, 4

David Martin, 2

Terry Glenn, 1

Wesley Walls, 1

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