Notebook: Favre Ties Marino's TD Record

Brett Favre’s game-winning touchdown pass on Sunday turned out to be a history-maker as well. But the first part of the description means a lot more than the second to the future Hall of Famer. - More Audio | Video | Packers-Chargers Game Center


Brett Favre's game-winning touchdown pass on Sunday turned out to be a history-maker as well.

But the first part of the description means a lot more than the second to the future Hall of Famer.

Favre hit Greg Jennings on a slant pass for a 57-yard touchdown with 2:03 to play that put the Packers ahead for good in their 31-24 victory over San Diego. It was his third touchdown pass of the day and the 420th of his career, tying him with Dan Marino for the NFL's all-time record.

"I'm going to be totally honest with you - I'm so glad we won, I could care less about that record today," Favre said.

"Everyone was over there celebrating and cheering and congratulating me, and I said 'Look, this will mean nothing if we don't win this game.' That's what it's all about. There's no better feeling than winning. Those touchdowns were great because they gave us an opportunity to go up and win the game."

Favre's other two TDs were on 5-yard throws to Donald Driver and Bubba Franks in the second quarter. After Nick Barnett's late interception and return to the 2-yard line, Favre had a chance to break the record in front of the home crowd, but Brandon Jackson ran the ball twice to push it across the goal line with 59 seconds left.

As with his feelings about winning the game, making the right play call given the game situation was more important to Favre than the record. He said he told Head Coach Mike McCarthy on that series that they should run the ball, and it would be foolish not to.

"I think had we run a pass, it probably would have been a touchdown because everyone in the building assumed we were going to run it," Favre said. "But it's not worth it. It's not worth taking that chance, the ball being picked or tipped or getting sacked or I trip and fall. I can't believe I'm saying that, but that was the best move right there."

Favre finished the game 28-of-45 for 369 yards with the three TDs and no interceptions for a 110.3 quarterback rating, just below last week's 112.4. He's now 57-of-83 (68.7 percent) for 655 yards with six TDs and one interception over the last two games.

"He's played two unbelievable weeks back to back," veteran offensive tackle Mark Tauscher said. "We need to take a little pressure of him, because right now he's humming it. He's doing some great things. What else can you say?"

Favre will head to Minnesota's Metrodome next week needing just one more TD pass to break Marino's mark. The Metrodome was a personal house of horrors for Favre earlier in his career, and the Packers went just 2-9 in Favre's first 11 starts there. But the team has won there three of the last four seasons, including a 23-17 win last November.

"Historically it hasn't been the best place for him and for us to go up and play," Tauscher said. "But we've had a lot of success up there recently, and it's going to be a big division game. I think it would be really fitting that at a place that's given him so much trouble, and us as a team, it would be a great place to break the record."

Key replay

It is famously known as the "Tuck Rule" thanks to New England quarterback Tom Brady, and it worked to the Packers' advantage in the second quarter on Sunday.

The Packers had a first-and-goal on the San Diego 5-yard line when Favre scrambled to his left and pump faked as he was about to take off running. But the ball squirted out of his hands on the pump fake, and the loose ball was recovered by San Diego's Antonio Cromartie, thwarting the Packers' scoring drive for the moment.

But McCarthy challenged the call, and upon review it was clear Favre's arm was moving forward when the ball came out, making it an incomplete pass. The fact that Favre was actually faking a pass was irrelevant, which the NFL world came to understand when the Patriots' Brady was saved a potential game-ending fumble in a snowy playoff game in New England against the Raiders back on Jan. 19, 2002. In that instance, the Patriots kept the ball on the incomplete pass and drove down the field to tie the game with a field goal, sending the game into overtime and eventually winning it.

On Sunday, Favre took advantage of the replay reversal and hit Franks for a 5-yard touchdown pass on the next snap, giving the Packers a 17-7 lead late in the second quarter.

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With a 16-yard reception in the second quarter, Driver moved into first place all-time in receptions at Lambeau Field. Antonio Freeman was the previous career leader, with 213 catches at Lambeau.

Driver finished the game with six catches for 126 yards and now has 219 receptions at Lambeau all-time.

"You have so many great guys that have played here, from Don Hutson to Max McGee to Bill Schroeder to Robert Brooks, Sterling Sharpe, James Lofton, Antonio Freeman, the list goes on and on," Driver said. "Those guys had a great career here. For me to be the all-time (leader) at Lambeau, I guess it's shocking. I never thought to myself that I'd be able to accomplish this many goals.

"I'm hoping I can set a record that Greg (Jennings) and James Jones and Ruvell (Martin) can't break. I'm going to try to hold onto it for a long time."

It was also Driver's 17th career 100-yard game, moving him into a three-way tie for No. 6 on the franchise's all-time list in that category with Billy Howton and Max McGee.

Closing in

Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was credited with two sacks on Sunday, moving him within two sacks of Reggie White's all-time franchise record of 68 1/2. 'KGB' now has 66 1/2 after notching his first two sacks of the season.

Gbaja-Biamila sacked Philip Rivers for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter, and then he got his second sack in the fourth quarter without even tackling Rivers. 'KGB' swooped in and knocked the football out of Rivers' hand just as Aaron Kampman leveled him, but the forced fumble gave Gbaja-Biamila the sack. San Diego's Mike Goff recovered the fumble.

"I was on the other side, so I went all the way around and I could see the quarterback with the ball and I just grabbed at it," Gbaja-Biamila said.

After the league's statisticians review the game film, it's possible 'KGB' could be credited with another sack on Sunday. On the Chargers' final drive, Gbaja-Biamila hit Rivers from behind and the ball popped into the air, only to be snagged by LaDainian Tomlinson, who ran for a 14-yard gain.

It was ruled a 14-yard pass, but if it is determined the ball traveled backwards to Tomlinson, it could be ruled a fumble by Rivers and a fumble recovery by Tomlinson, thereby giving 'KGB' another sack and moving him within one of tying White.

Strong kickoff leg

Rookie kicker Mason Crosby showed off his strong kickoff leg once again on Sunday, recording three touchbacks and hitting two others that went 4 and 8 yards deep in the end zone and were returned.

That gives Crosby five touchbacks on the season, almost half of the 11 touchbacks recorded last season by Dave Rayner, which tied for the most recorded by a Packers kicker in the last decade. Ryan Longwell also had 11 in 1997.

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