Archive for Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Packers celebrate ‘Brett Favre Day’

Green Bay QB sparks 45-17 rout of Rams

November 30, 2004


— The governor proclaimed it "Brett Favre Day," and the night belonged to the quarterback, too.

Favre celebrated his 200th straight regular-season start with three touchdown passes and yet another record in Green Bay's 45-17 rout of St. Louis on Monday night.

Favre topped 20 touchdown passes for the 11th straight season, breaking a tie with Dan Marino on a seven-yard toss to tight end Bubba Franks in the second quarter. He also threw touchdown passes to Javon Walker and Donald Driver as the Packers (7-4) got two defensive touchdowns and won their sixth straight to keep pace with Minnesota atop the NFC North.

Favre didn't have his co-star, Ahman Green, who was out because of injured ribs. But Najeh Davenport came up with a strong imitation, gaining 178 yards on 19 carries in his first NFL start even though he had two sore hamstrings.

Davenport said after the fifth-highest single-game rushing total in franchise history that he was just glad to be a part of Favre's memorable milestone.

"Brett Favre is unbelievable. It's a great honor to play with him," Davenport said. "Who knows how long he's going to be around ... He's like an old man, but he's young at heart."

Marc Bulger threw for more yards -- 448 -- against Green Bay than any quarterback ever had, completing 35 of 53 passes, but he was overshadowed by Favre, and St. Louis (5-6) missed a chance to tie Seattle atop the NFC's woeful West.

"Anytime you play against Brett Favre, you're not going to get the spotlight," Bulger said. "It was his night."

Isaac Bruce caught nine passes for 170 yards and a touchdown, but his two fumbles were returned for touchdowns, one by rookie Ahmad Carroll to start the scoring and one by Michael Hawthorne to cap the rout in the final minute.

Bruce's four-yard TD catch just before halftime brought St. Louis to 21-10, and in the third quarter the Rams benefited from a new rule this year that allows the coach to call a timeout from the sideline when Mike Martz's timeout negated a lost fumble by Steven Jackson.

But Martz followed up with a questionable call -- a fake field goal when a 42-yarder by Jeff Wilkins would have made it a one-possession game. Wilkins was stuffed 12 yards shy of the first down on fourth-and-seven.

"We didn't make it, so I wish we hadn't done it," Martz said. "I felt like we needed the points. We had to keep our offense in there the way we had to pursue them."

Not only did the Rams get nothing out of a nearly eight-minute drive, but the Packers went 71 yards in four plays, capped by Driver's 16-yard TD.

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