Final

Lions 9

(2-12, 0-7 away)

Packers 17

(6-8, 2-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2006

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 3 0 3 39
GB 3 7 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 174 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: A. Green (GB) - 22 CAR, 79 YDS

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 7 REC, 70 YDS

Favre sets completions record in victory over Lions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre became the NFL's all-time completions leader Sunday and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions.

Listening to a dour Favre speak after the game, you wouldn't have known it.

Complete Satisfaction
Marvin Harrison
Favre
Brett Favre completed 20 of 37 for 174 yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions to become the NFL's all-time leader in completions.
PlayerCompletions
Brett Favre4,974
Dan Marino4,967
John Elway4,123
Warren Moon3,988
Drew Bledsoe3,822

"I have to remind myself that this is a win," Favre said.

Favre broke Dan Marino's career completions record, but the Packers had to overcome three interceptions by the three-time MVP for a 17-9 victory over the Lions.

It was only the second home victory all season for the Packers (6-8), who have won two in a row. Given the sorry state of the NFC, some Packers players were talking playoffs after the game.

Favre scoffed.

"We were lucky to win the game," Favre said. "We'll take it. But for us to be talking playoffs -- and I heard that there has been playoff talk -- I mean, we've got a long ways to go."

Detroit (2-12) remains winless in seven games on the road.

"It's very frustrating, but you can't let it become a downward spiral you can't recover from," Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said.

Favre connected on a 21-yard pass to receiver Carlyle Holiday just before halftime for his league-record 4,968th completion. Referee Ed Hochuli delivered the news.

"I [said], 'I have no idea what you're congratulating me for, but thank you,'" Favre said. "So I did know because of him. But I'm more concerned about the three I completed to their team."

Favre threw his first two interceptions in the red zone, and the third pick nearly proved even more costly.

Kitna seemed to throw the game away by floating an interception to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, then committing a face-mask penalty on Woodson to give the Packers a first down on the Detroit 12-yard line with a 10-6 lead in the third quarter. It was Woodson's career-best sixth interception of the season.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Jon Kitna (right) continues to lack the charismatic leadership and playmaking abilities to lead Detroit to the end zone, much less to a victory. Playing behind a terrible offensive line that has been riddled by injuries all season, Kitna was sacked six times, lost a fumble and threw two interceptions that gave Green Bay advantageous field position and led directly to Packers points.

Detroit's defense gave a better effort than its offensive counterparts, creating problems for Brett Favre and forcing three interceptions. Favre had little help as his receivers dropped many balls and contributed to the Lions' picks as well.

But Favre squandered the scoring chance by throwing an interception to former Packers linebacker Paris Lenon in the end zone.

The Lions couldn't drive for a score, and punter Nick Harris downed the ball deep in Packers territory. Favre then threw a pass that bounced off the hands of Ahman Green and was intercepted by Dre' Bly.

The Lions took over at the Packers 12, but were forced to kick a field goal that cut Green Bay's lead to 10-9 with 9:33 remaining. The Packers came back with an extended drive ending with a 21-yard touchdown run by Vernand Morency, his second TD of the afternoon.

"We're working to get better in a lot of areas," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We've just got to get the consistency we're looking for."

Favre was 20-of-37 for 174 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. With two games remaining in the season, Favre needs eight more touchdown passes to pass Marino's career mark of 420.

Favre now has 4,974 career completions, seven ahead of Marino. Last week, Favre extended his record of most consecutive and overall seasons with 3,000 yards passing to 15.

Elias Says
Brett Favre
Favre
One day after Morten Andersen became the NFL's all-time leading scorer, Brett Favre passed Dan Marino as the league's all-time leader in pass completions. Favre completed 20 of 37 passes in the Packers' 17-9 win over the Lions, raising his career total to 4,974 completions -- or 43 more than the combined career totals of Roger Staubach, Sammy Baugh, and Norm Van Brocklin.

Baugh held the record for career completions longer than anyone else -- for 20 years, from 1941 to 1961. Other holders of the record since then were Bobby Layne (1961-1963), Y.A. Tittle (1963-1967), Johnny Unitas (1967-1975), Fran Tarkenton (1975-1995) and Marino.

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Kitna was 16-for-26 for 135 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Lions had only 142 net yards and couldn't make the most of their scoring chances.

"The effort and the energy was there, the execution was not," Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. "It was not good enough."

Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz used frequent presnap motion, something that confused the Packers in a blowout loss to the New York Jets at Lambeau Field two weeks ago. But it didn't work on Sunday.

Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins, starting in place of veteran Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, had a career-high three of the Packers' six sacks. Green Bay had only four sacks in its previous four games.

Game notes


Marinelli said the Lions had two potentially serious injuries that will be re-evaluated: Linebacker Ernie Sims (shoulder) and wide receiver Corey Bradford (elbow). ... Packers left tackle Chad Clifton sustained a stinger in the first half, but returned. Right tackle Mark Tauscher was inactive with a groin injury. ... The Lions were without starting nose tackle Marcus Bell (hand) and cornerback Fernando Bryant (concussion). Tight end Marcus Pollard (hamstring) also was inactive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
GB
1st Downs1019
Passing 1st downs
69
Rushing 1st downs
38
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
2-127-15
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays5270
Total Yards142303
Yards per play2.74.3
Total Drives1413
Passing84164
Comp-Att
16-2620-37
Yards per pass
2.64.3
Interceptions thrown
23
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-511-10
Rushing58139
Rushing Attempts
2032
Yards per rush
2.94.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-11-5
Penalties6-379-69
Turnovers34
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
23
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:2633:34

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna16/261355.2026-51
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre20/371744.7031-10

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kitna7344.9018
Harris9182.006
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green22793.6019
Morency7547.7221

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams34214.0021
Harris5336.6020
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver77010.0015
Green7446.3016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETGB
detFG7:27Jason Hanson 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 30 yds, 3:54
30
gbFG2:54Dave Rayner 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 22 yds, 3:03
33
SECOND QUARTERDETGB
gbTD5:42Vernand Morency, 14 yd run (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yds, 4:14
310
THIRD QUARTERDETGB
detFG10:03Jason Hanson 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 40 yds, 3:57
610
FOURTH QUARTERDETGB
detFG9:36Jason Hanson 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 2:07
910
gbTD2:55Vernand Morency, 21 yd run (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yds, 6:45
917