Final

Panthers 17

(4-6, 4-2 away)

Packers 31

(9-1, 5-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 18, 2007

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
CAR 3 0 7 717
GB 7 14 7 331

Top Performers

Passing: V. Testaverde (CAR) - 258 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 20 CAR, 88 YDS

Receiving: D. Carter (CAR) - 5 REC, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Favre outplays Testaverde in matchup of veteran QBs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre won the senior bowl.

And now that they're off to their best start since the Vince Lombardi era, the Green Bay Packers have another big bowl on their minds.

But even after a relatively easy 31-17 romp past fellow passing patriarch Vinny Testaverde and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Favre and the Packers (9-1) don't want to get caught looking ahead to the playoffs and beyond.

Good Things In 3s
Brett Favre
It looks like Brett Favre might soon have another NFL record added to his career. He tossed three touchdown passes in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Panthers, tying him with Dan Marino for most career three-touchdown pass games. Here's a look at the full list:
Player
3-TD games
Brett Favre62
Dan Marino62
Peyton Manning44
Fran Tarkenton41
Joe Montana40

Not with back-to-back Thursday games at Detroit and Dallas on the horizon.

"By no means can we rest, or think that we arrived," Favre said, "because we haven't."

And if Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants to drive that point home this week, he can point to the two second-half touchdowns his defense gave up to the Panthers (4-6) after taking a 28-3 lead in the third quarter.

Nitpicking? Not if your goal is to win the Super Bowl.

"We need to do a better job of finishing games," McCarthy said. "We're up 28-3, we can learn from that experience and put the opponent away. There was some sloppiness in our play down the stretch that we can learn from."

It's Green Bay's best start since 1962, when Lombardi's Packers started 10-0 on their way to their eighth world title. Green Bay has a three-game lead on Detroit and can virtually wrap up the NFC North with a win Thursday.

Favre threw three touchdowns in a game that featured the oldest starting quarterbacks duo in NFL history, the 44-year-old Testaverde and 38-year-old Favre.

Favre is playing like he's in his prime these days, completing 22 of 30 passes for 218 yards on Sunday. But Testaverde held his own, shaking off a pair of interceptions to throw two second-half touchdowns.

It wasn't enough to win, but it wasn't bad for a guy who was out of the league a little more than a month ago and who played Sunday's game without injured receiver Steve Smith.

"Made it a little bit exciting toward the end there, but we obviously came up short," Testaverde said. "Green Bay made the plays when they had to, and they're a pretty good football team."

Smith was inactive because of a shin injury that kept him out of practice this week.

"Are we frustrated? No, because we haven't quit," Smith said. "Are we disappointed with the outcome? Yes."

Favre walked away impressed.

"I don't think I could do it, or play as well as he did at 44," Favre said. "Quite a feat."

It was Favre's 62nd career game with at least three touchdown passes, tying yet another of Dan Marino's records. Favre has set all kinds of records this season, but he has spent much of his time worrying that the Packers' younger players are a little too loose.

Now he wonders if he should just throw up his hands and start "riding the wave."

"I see the confidence that we have, and it makes me nervous," Favre said. "But I guess I kind of have to give into it."

Favre got off to a slow start on Sunday, but found his rhythm on the Packers' first possession of the second quarter.

He lofted a 47-yard pass to Donald Driver to move the Packers into Panthers territory; zinged a rocket to James Jones to set up first-and-goal on the 5; then tossed a soft changeup to Greg Jennings on a slant route to put the Packers ahead 14-3.

Favre led the Packers to another touchdown later in the second quarter, finding tight end Donald Lee on a post pattern for a 26-yard score.

The Panthers had a scoring chance just before halftime. But at the Green Bay 7 with 16 seconds remaining, Corey Williams forced a fumble and Aaron Kampman recovered the ball.

Green Bay's Koren Robinson returned the second-half kickoff 67 yards to the Carolina 28, and Favre found Lee for a 12-yard touchdown pass four plays later.

The Panthers' pass defense was affected by a thumb injury to cornerback Chris Gamble.

"That's no excuse," Panthers coach John Fox said. "They're good. I think for the most part, we contained them. We just couldn't stay up with them."

Late in the third quarter, Testaverde threw a 2-yard pass to tight end Christian Fauria, who launched into an enthusiastic end-zone celebration with his team trailing by three scores.

Testaverde then threw a 5-yard touchdown to Drew Carter to cut Green Bay's lead to 28-17 with 4:22 left.

Carter caught five passes for 132 yards.

"I thought our offense moved the ball well," Fox said. "We had more production today than we've had in quite some time. The turnovers I think were a factor, we had a fumble and two interceptions versus I don't think any turnovers the other way. And in a game like that, that's usually the difference."

Game notes


Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly injured his shoulder, but McCarthy said he should be available for Thursday's game at Detroit. ... McCarthy said Packers running back Ryan Grant had a "mild" ankle sprain after another good game, gaining 88 yards on 20 carries. His availability for Thursday was not clear. ... Green Bay scored its first touchdown on Tramon Williams' 94-yard punt return when Carolina kicker John Kasay punted after faking a field goal attempt.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAR
GB
1st Downs2118
Passing 1st downs
1312
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
5-145-12
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays6858
Total Yards382317
Yards per play5.65.5
Total Drives1213
Passing251214
Comp-Att
19-3722-30
Yards per pass
6.46.9
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-71-4
Rushing131103
Rushing Attempts
2927
Yards per rush
4.53.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-2
Penalties4-256-75
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession28:4931:11

Passing Leaders

CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Testaverde19/372587.0222-7
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre22/302187.3301-4

Rushing Leaders

CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster20874.4011
Williams6223.709
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant20884.4023
Jackson3134.309

Receiving Leaders

CARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carter513226.4149
Jarrett33913.0019
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver58316.6047
Lee5499.8226

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARGB
gbTD8:16Tramon Williams, 94 yd punt return (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 94 yds, 0:00
07
carFG5:06John Kasay 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yds, 2:51
37
SECOND QUARTERCARGB
gbTD11:17Greg Jennings, 4 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yds, 3:34
314
gbTD1:21Donald Lee, 26 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:56
321
THIRD QUARTERCARGB
gbTD12:50Donald Lee, 12 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yds, 2:14
328
carTD3:26Christian Fauria, 2 yd pass from Vinny Testaverde (John Kasay kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 61 yds, 7:41
1028
FOURTH QUARTERCARGB
carTD4:27Drew Carter, 5 yd pass from Vinny Testaverde (John Kasay kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 86 yds, 1:40
1728
gbFG2:46Mason Crosby 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yds, 1:41
1731