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TONIGHT: Brett Favre will play his 100th game at Lambeau Field, already a record for the legendary stadium...With his 400th TD pass on the horizon, Favre needs just 9 passing yards to reach 3,000 for a 14th season and break a tie for the NFL record with Dan Marino (13, 1984-92, 1994-95, 1997-98). Favre's 13 consecutive 3,000-yards seasons are already the league standard...At home, Green Bay has won 13 straight games over Detroit (14 including the 1994 playoffs)...This marks the latest in the season the NFL has ever scheduled a prime-time game in Wisconsin. Previously, the latest was Dec. 8, 2002, a Sunday night contest vs. Minnesota. The sun sets at 4:12 p.m. local time...Hoping to finish strong, the Packers kick off the final quarter of their season. Three of their final four are at home.



-With 151 tackles in just 12 games, is on pace for 201. Since coaches first began recording tackles in 1975, the team record is 180 by Mike Douglass in 1981. From 1984-2004, the two highest totals for the club's leading tackler were 162 by Barnett in 2004 and 145 by Johnny Holland in 1993.


-Needs one punt return to surpass No. 2 Al Carmichael and Phillip Epps (100) on the team's all-time list. Chatman enters with 100 career punt returns, all in a Packers uniform. The franchise leader is Hall of Famer Willie Wood, who racked up 187 from 1960-71.

-Needs 14 punt-return yards to surpass No. 4 Phillip Epps (819) and 29 to surpass No. 3 Billy Grimes (834) on the all-time list. Chatman enters with 806.


-With a catch, can extend his streak of games with a reception to 61 and surpass the second-longest stretch in Packers history, held by current running backs coach Edgar Bennett (60). Next up would be all-time leader Sterling Sharpe (103).

-Needs 92 receiving yards to become only the fourth player in Packers history with three career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He would join James Lofton (5), Sterling Sharpe (5) and Antonio Freeman (3).


-Needs one TD pass to extend his NFL-record streak of seasons with at least 20 TD passes to 12.

-Needs five touchdown passes to become the second in NFL history with 400, joining Dan Marino (420). Favre enters with 395 in 221 NFL games. Marino reached the landmark in his 227th contest.

-Needs 9 yards passing to reach 3,000 for a 14th season and break a tie for the NFL record with Dan Marino (13, 1984-92, 1994-95, 1997-98). Favre's 13 consecutive 3,000-yards seasons are already the league standard.

-Including playoffs, Favre has 47 career 300-yard passing games and needs three for 50.


-Needs 64 receiving yards for 2,000 career. He enters with 1,936.

SAMKON GADO: On the Packers' all-time rookie rushing list:

-Needs one carry to surpass No. 5 Bob Monnett (108 in 1933) and seven to surpass No. 4 Kenneth Davis (114 in 1986). Gado enters with 108 carries.

-Needs 48 yards rushing to surpass No. 5 Bob Monnett (413 in 1933) and 80 to surpass No. 4 Cecil Isbell (445 in 1938). Gado (2) is already the only rookie other than John Brockington (3 in 1971) with multiple 100-yard games.

-Needs one rushing TD to take sole possession of the rookie record. Gado (five) currently shares the mark with Brent Fullwood (1987) and Gerry Ellis (1985).


-Needs two passes defensed for 100 career. Harris, who owns a team-leading 14 on the year, enters with 98.


-Needs one tackle to match his 2004 career high (77) and 11 to establish the team record by a defensive lineman, surpassing Ezra Johnson's 86 in 1983. Kampman enters with 76 stops.

APPROACHING 2,500 DRIVES: Brett Favre enters tonight having engineered 2,487 career drives and needs 13 for 2,500.

-During those 2,487 possessions, Favre has guided his teams to 4,776 points (547 touchdowns, 317 field goals). Counting 80 missed field goals, and subtracting drives ended by the clock, Favre has put his team in a position to score 40.3 percent of the time, one of the best marks in NFL history.

-34 of those drives have been during victories in which he rallied the Packers from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie.

TIS THE SEASON: Players and coaches will cast their annual Pro Bowl ballots next week. The Packers' leading candidates:

-LB Nick Barnett - The team's leading tackler with 151, on pace to shatter the single-season franchise record for a defense that enters tonight ranked eighth in the NFL.

-WR Donald Driver - Just 92 receiving yards from a 1,000-yard season, a significant accomplishment considering two of Brett Favre's other primary wideouts entering the year, Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson, have missed all or part of the season with injury. Driver, despite drawing most of the opponents' attention since a knee injury ended Walker's season in Week 1, needs 18 catches in the final four games to set a career high.

-Al Harris - Highly regarded by opposing receivers, including strong comments from Detroit's Roy Williams earlier this week, Harris is having the best season of his career. With 14 passes defensed, he leads the NFL's No. 1 defense against the pass.

-Aaron Kampman: Already with a career-high 61/2 sacks, needs 11 tackles over the last four games to establish the team's single-season record by a defensive lineman.

-Mark Tauscher - The team's most consistent offensive lineman this year, has started every game at right tackle.

OTHER QUARTERBACKS DURING STREAK: Brett Favre tonight makes his 218th consecutive start, padding his NFL record among quarterbacks. Since the streak started, Sept. 27, 1992, 190 other quarterbacks have started an NFL game.

-During the 2005 season, seven quarterbacks have made their first NFL starts: Charlie Frye (Cleveland), Ryan Fitzpatrick (St. Louis), Cody PIckett (San Francisco), Brooks Bollinger (N.Y. Jets), Kyle Orton (Chicago), Alex Smith (San Francisco) and J.P. Losman (Buffalo).

-Also, 21 NFL teams during the period have started at least 10 quarterbacks. During the '05 campaign, the following have made a starting debut with their respective teams: Charlie Frye (Cleveland), Ryan Fitzpatrick (St. Louis), Cody PIckett (San Francisco), Mike McMahon (Philadelphia), Jeff Garcia (Detroit), Trent Dilfer (Cleveland), Kyle Orton (Chicago), J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb (Buffalo), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Gus Frerotte (Miami), Drew Bledsoe (Dallas), Kurt Warner (Arizona), Brooks Bollinger (N.Y. Jets) and Charlie Batch (Pittsburgh). Orton became the 20th quarterback to start a Bears game, most in the NFL, during Favre's streak.

PREGAME/HALFTIME: Country recording group Hot Apple Pie (Keith Horne, Trey Landry, Mark "Sparky" Matejka and Brady Seals) will perform our Star Spangled Banner...Miller sponsors the Ultimate Fan Contest at halftime.

POOL REPORTERS: Appointed by the Professional Football Writers of America, Cliff Christl (primary) of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mike Vandermause (alternate) of the Green Bay Press-Gazette are today's pool reporters.

NEXT WEEK: The Packers make their final 2005 road trip, their first appearance in Baltimore since 1982 and their 48th and final contest on ABC's Monday Night Football, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. CST...On Sunday, Detroit hosts the Cincinnati Bengals.

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