New England (6-3) at Green Bay (4-5) Sunday 1:00 pm EST
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Tom Brady makes his first trip
to Lambeau Field to face Brett Favre on Sunday when the New
England Patriots meet the Green Bay Packers in an
A two-time Super Bowl MVP with three championship rings, Brady
is in his prime at 29 years of age.
Favre is the NFL's only three-time MVP and earned a championship
ring with a 35-21 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI
after the 1996 season. But at 37, this could be Favre's last
Brady and Favre have met just once before. Four years ago at
Foxboro, Favre threw for three touchdowns and Ahman Green rushed
for 136 yards and scored twice as the Packers posted a 28-10
Brady threw for 183 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted
Favre has a career record of 154-96, including playoffs. Brady
is 74-24 - the best record of any NFL quarterback in the Super
Bowl era with at least 40 starts.
This season, Brady has completed more than 59 percent of his
passes for 2,054 yards and 15 touchdowns with nine interceptions
for a passer rating of 83.7.
Favre, who has started an NFL record 250 consecutive games,
including playoffs, has completed nearly 58 percent of his
passes for 2,295 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven
interceptions for a rating of 81.3.
Favre is second all-time in passing yards (55,910) and
touchdowns (409) behind Dan Marino.
Last week, Favre threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns in the
Packers' 23-17 win at Minnesota. Donald Driver caught six
passes for a career-high 191 yards, including an 82-yard
Rookie linebacker A.J. Hawk, the fifth overall pick in the
draft, starred on defense with 13 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.
Brady was sacked four times and intercepted once in the
Patriots' 17-14 loss to the New York Jets last week. Seeking
their fourth straight AFC East title, the Patriots lead the Jets
by just one game.
Brady has had to adjust to a different set of receivers after
losing last year's starters - Deion Branch and David Givens.
Branch was traded to Seattle due to a contract dispute and
Givens signed with Tennessee.
Caldwell had nine catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in last
week's loss to the Jets.
Corey Dillon produced 98 yards on just 11 carries in the loss to
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This rematch of Super Bowl XXXI is actually a 10-year reunion with the only constant being Brett Favre. The Patriots are in the unfamiliar position of having lost back-to-back games so expect New England to bring an extremely focused team to Lambeau Field. The youthful Packers, with Favre playing at a high level, will host the Patriots following a big divisional road win over Minnesota, which quietly keeps Green Bay alive in the playoff race. These are two teams that go as far as their great quarterbacks lead them.