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Favre overtakes Marino's all-time mark of 61,361 yards passing

12/16/2007 - NFL Brett Favre Green Bay Packers + more

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Favre became the NFL career leader in
yards passing Sunday, overtaking Dan Marino for his latest
achievement in a milestone season.

The three-time NFL MVP pulled 1 yard behind Marino with a
44-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, catching the St. Louis Rams in a blitz. That put the Green Bay Packers ahead 27-14 with
5:58 to go in the third quarter. He passed Marino on the Packers'
next series on the first play, a 7-yard slant pattern to Donald Driver with 23 seconds gone in the fourth quarter.

The game was halted for a few minutes while flashbulbs popped
from the stands from a crowd that appeared to be at least half
Packers fans, and public address announcer Jim Holder acknowledged
the record. Driver hugged Favre, who shook hands with an official.

Favre finished the game with 61,405 career yards passing as the Packers topped the Rams 33-14.

Marino passed for 61,361 yards in 17 seasons. Favre, who entered
Sunday needing 184 yards to set the record, also is in his
17th season while enjoying a year comparable to his peak
production.

Favre threw his 25th and 26th touchdown passes, also hitting
Donald Lee on a 4-yarder early in the second quarter. He had 440
touchdown passes after breaking another mark that belonged to
Marino with his 421st at Minnesota on Sept. 30.

He topped John Elway's career record for victories by a starting
quarterback with his 149th at New York on Sept. 16.

Favre, 38, entered the game on pace to surpass his personal best
of 4,413 yards in 1995 and challenge Lynn Dickey's franchise record
of 4,458 yards set in 1983.

Favre was flawless early, completing his first nine passes to
eight receivers for 95 yards. The early run ended when Ron Bartell
broke up a pass intended for Lee with 5:47 left in the first half.

The veteran quarterback entered Sunday's game needing six
touchdown passes in the last three games to add to his own NFL
record by throwing 30 or more in nine seasons.

Sunday was Favre's 251th consecutive regular-season start, or
271st counting the playoffs -- both records for a quarterback.

Only former Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall has
started more regular-season games (270) in a row.