Packers 31

(1-2, 1-0 away)

Lions 24

(0-3, 0-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 24, 2006

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 14 3 7 731
DET 14 0 7 324

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kitna (DET) - 342 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Jones (DET) - 17 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Williams (DET) - 7 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Favre second with 400 TD passes, leads Packers to win

DETROIT (AP) -- Brett Favre sprinted toward the end zone, signaled touchdown and then pumped his right fist. The 36-year-old quarterback had just become the second player in NFL history to throw 400 career touchdown passes.

It was over when ...
Ahman Green caught a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, giving the Packers a 10-point edge.
Game ball goes to ...
Brett Favre, who became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 touchdown passes, joining Dan Marino. Favre finished with three scoring passes and was 25-of-36 for 340 yards with no interceptions.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Brett Favre looked like he was having fun again, bouncing around, laughing and throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Much credit should be given to the Packers' much-maligned offensive line for keeping Detroit's tough defensive front seven from getting to Favre. However, this young line did not pave the way for RB Ahman Green, as the Lions held him to 63 yards rushing. Detroit's pass defense has given up seven touchdown passes in the last two games.

He added two more scores to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 31-24 win over Detroit on Sunday for their first victory of the season.

Favre said he felt like a kid while celebrating after each TD, bouncing on his toes and leaping into teammates' arms, but his body quickly reminded him that he's not.

"I've got to stop doing that because I get so tired," said Favre, who turns 37 next month. "I have to be smarter. Mike [McCarthy] said, 'Great job, but you have to quit running around like that,' because I couldn't talk to him, I couldn't breathe.

"I was able to recover a lot easier back in the old days, but there's nothing like throwing touchdown passes."

Favre would know.

With his first TD pass of the game -- a 75-yarder to Greg Jennings -- Favre joined Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to reach 400 touchdown passes. Marino has 420.

Career TD pass leaders
1. Dan Marino420
2. x-Brett Favre 402
3. Fran Tarkenton 342
4. John Elway 300
5. Warren Moon 291
6. John Unitas 290
7. Joe Montana 273
8. Vinny Testaverde 269
9. Dave Kreig 261
10. Sonny Jurgensen 255
x -- active

"We needed a win a lot more than I needed 400 touchdown passes," the three-time MVP said.

While the Lions (0-3) remained winless under new coach Rod Marinelli, they had their chances in the fourth quarter -- just as they did in the season-opening loss to Seattle.

"We were close," Marinelli said. "We have to finish."

After Jon Kitna threw behind a wide-open Mike Furrey on third down, Jason Hanson kicked a 40-yard field goal to cut the lead with 5:24 to play. The Lions got the ball back at their 31 a couple of minutes later, but gained just 8 yards before Kitna was sacked on fourth down.

Then, the Packers' Ahman Green fumbled at the 32 with 54 seconds left. The Lions got to midfield and Kitna heaved a pass that fell incomplete into a crowded end zone.

"We got it going in spurts -- you saw glimpses of what's coming -- but we didn't get it going enough, and that's unfortunate," Kitna said. "We left a lot of points on the field."

The Packers (1-2) scored just enough to give McCarthy his first victory as an NFL coach.

"That's the way you're supposed to spend Sunday afternoon," McCarthy said. "It's great to get the first one. I'm looking forward to more."

Favre connected with Jennings on Green Bay's second drive for a 7-0 lead. He found Donald Driver open in the third quarter for another TD and threw to Green early in the fourth for a 31-21 lead. He reached the milestone in his 228th game, one more than Marino needed to throw No. 400.

Favre's favorites
Teams Favre has thrown the most TD passes against:
Favre has thrown scoring passes to 41 players. His most-frequent targets:
Antonio Freeman57
Sterling Sharpe41
Robert Brooks32
Donald Driver27
Bubba Franks26

Favre finished 25-of-36 for 340 yards with three TDs with no interceptions. Jennings caught three passes for 101 yards and a TD.

Jennings did most of the work on No. 400. Favre threw a short pass to Jennings and the rookie turned the third-down play into a 75-yarder by eluding Jon McGraw with a spin move and sprinting past Dre' Bly on the sideline.

"As young as I am, to become a part of that greatness, it puts a lot of joy in my heart," the 23-year-old Jennings said. "I had to make sure that I went and got the ball back. I flipped the ball, and had to go see where the ball was. I definitely gave to him."

Kitna was 25-of-40 for 342 yards with two TDs and an interception that was returned for a score. Roy Williams had seven receptions for a career-high 138 yards and a score.

Detroit made it 7-all on the ensuing possession when Kitna dumped a pass to Shawn Bryson, who easily got past safety Marquand Manuel for a 37-yard score.

Manuel made up for the missed tackle on Detroit's next drive by intercepting a deflected pass and returning it 29 yards for a TD and a 14-7 lead.

"I saw pass interference," Kitna said.

Detroit tied it again when Kitna lofted a pass over Williams' shoulder in the end zone on the last play of the first quarter.

That was one of the few highlights for the Lions, who have an NFL-high 62 losses since 2001.

Marinelli acknowledged it might be harder to get his positive message through to his team, but said he continue to stay upbeat.

"That's just how I am," he said. "I'll just keep pounding. I'll go back to work and find a way to do this thing."

Game notes

The Packers have won 10 of the past 12 games against Detroit. ... The Lions were without two starting DBs: Kenoy Kennedy (foot) and Fernando Bryant (personal issues). ... Green Bay DT Ryan Pickett (ankle) was injured, but returned. ... Detroit OG Ross Verba, playing in his first game since 2004, left the game with an aggravated hamstring. ... The Lions activated WR Mike Williams for the first time this season, but he didn't play extensively until the end of the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6366
Total Yards400424
Yards per play6.36.4
Total Drives1213
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-31-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

gbTD7:16Greg Jennings, 75 yd pass from Brett Favre
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 1:37
detTD3:58Shawn Bryson, 37 yd pass from Jon Kitna
Drive info: 6 plays, 79 yds, 3:12
gbTD2:12Marquand Manuel, 29 yd interception return
Drive info: 1 plays, 22 yds, 0:00
detTD0:03Roy Williams, 42 yd pass from Jon Kitna
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 2:05
gbFG7:54Dave Rayner 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 69 yds, 7:09
gbTD6:52Donald Driver, 5 yd pass from Brett Favre
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:51
detTD3:28Kevin Jones, 5 yd run
Drive info: 7 plays, 58 yds, 3:20
gbTD12:25Ahman Green, 10 yd pass from Brett Favre
Drive info: 4 plays, 43 yds, 1:48
detFG5:28Jason Hanson 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 58 yds, 2:45