Final

Packers 23

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Vikings 30

(4-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, October 5, 2009

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 7 0 923
MIN 7 14 7 230

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 384 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 25 CAR, 55 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Finley (GB) - 6 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Favre throws for 271 yards, three touchdowns in Vikings' win

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brett Favre added another feat to his overflowing résumé: He's the first quarterback in history to beat all 32 NFL teams.

Well, he saved the best for last: The Green Bay Packers.

Favre's first game against his former team was all fun for the Minnesota Vikings and all frustration for the Packers, as the graying quarterback kept his cool and connected for three touchdown passes and 271 yards in a 30-23 victory on Monday night.

"I don't know how to explain it. I felt right, but I guess I never thought I'd be in that situation," Favre said.

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Favre went 24 for 31, without a turnover. He celebrated his first scoring toss with an awkward body bump with kicker Ryan Longwell, also a former Packers teammate, and showed plenty of emotion on this most emotional night. He stayed poised in the pocket all night, too, and avoided the risky throws that have defined his career almost as much as the success.

"I don't think there was any question what he could do when he came back," Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said. "But you know, we didn't do ourselves any justice."

The Vikings (4-0) sacked Favre's replacement, Aaron Rodgers, eight times. Jared Allen was credited with 4½ of them, a career high, including a safety in the fourth quarter that stretched the lead to 16. Rodgers had his first two turnovers of the season, and Favre turned both of them into vintage touchdown passes in the first half.

"I definitely wanted to get this win for Brett," teammate Adrian Peterson said. "He downplayed it all week, but I just knew it meant a lot to him. I could see it in his eyes."

Favre hugged Rodgers, Donald Driver and several other Packers once the game was over. Rodgers tried to engineer the kind of drive his predecessor is famous for, but he came up short.

"Below my expectations, definitely," Rodgers said. "To have three possessions where you're in their territory and come away with zero points, two of them are directly related to mistakes by myself, that's disappointing."

Favre had tons of time to throw throughout the game, and Rodgers had the exact opposite experience -- often hanging onto the ball too long. He finished 26 for 37 for a career-high 384 yards, many of them in desperation down the stretch, and two touchdown passes.

The Vikings were relentless in their rush, particularly Allen on left tackle Daryn Colledge, who left in the third quarter with a right knee injury. Colledge moved from left guard two weeks ago when Chad Clifton got hurt.

Fast Facts

• The Vikings improved to 4-0 as Brett Favre threw 3+ TDs for the 66th time in his career and 12th time on Monday Night Football (most all-time). Favre became the first QB to beat all 32 current NFL teams.

• The Vikings sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times, their most since the final game of the 2003 season vs. the Cardinals. Jared Allen had a career-high 4½ sacks, the most on MNF since sacks became an official stat, and added a forced fumble and a safety.

• Rodgers threw for a career-high 384 yards and two TDs, his fifth career 300-yard passing game. He's the first Packers QB not named Favre to throw for 300+ yards against the Vikings since Lynn Dickey in 1984.

• With four receptions, Donald Driver tied Sterling Sharpe for most in Packers history (595).

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Rodgers' receivers let him down, too, though. On fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter, Rodgers found tight end Donald Lee open in the end zone. But the ball bounced off Lee's chest and onto the turf, as Rodgers snapped his head back with his hands on the sides of his helmet.

Pink wristbands, cleats and sideline caps for breast cancer awareness gave the game a different look, but nothing altered the color scheme as much as Favre in purple. This was his sixth game with Minnesota, counting the preseason, but the sight of the guy who led Green Bay to a Super Bowl trophy and took only one losing record in 16 years there wearing the rival team's jersey was still strange.

This was a highly anticipated and heavily hyped game. Everybody in the stadium stood all the way through the Vikings' first possession, instead of sitting after the first few snaps like usual. Cameras flashed constantly.

"You don't want your quarterback crying coming out of the locker room," coach Brad Childress said. "He was great."

Favre was clearly uncomfortable this week with all the attention on this reunion, trying to downplay the significance and stumbling through denials that his main motivation to unretire last year was revenge on general manager Ted Thompson for not letting him come back and compete for his old job with Rodgers.

"My statement has been what I've done over my career," Favre said. "One game does not define my career good or bad. I know what I've done. I'm proud of what I've done. I know I can play. I wanted to do what it takes to win."

Brett's bombs

Brett Favre had relied on short passes through most of his first three games with the Minnesota Vikings, but he found success airing it out against his old teammates on Green Bay's defense Monday night.

Brett Favre 2009 Season Passes Thrown 10+ Yards
First 3 games MON vs. GB
Comp-Att 7-18 7-12
Yards 159 169
TD-Int 2-1 2-0
Pass rtg. 85.2 142.4

One of the most excitable players football has ever seen, Favre's history in emotional games has been mixed. In 2003, on Monday night against Oakland after the death of his father, Favre threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns. In 1999, though, he went 14 for 35 with four interceptions in his first game against Mike Holmgren after the head coach took over in Seattle.

Favre said he felt on this night a lot like he did in that game after his dad died. He said he was as nervous as he could remember, once it dawned on him in the afternoon the significance of this matchup.

"It's why I play the game. It was fun. It never gets old to me, even though I do," he said.

The Packers (2-2) stuffed Peterson with their new 3-4 defense, holding him to 12 yards on 11 attempts in the second half and 55 yards for the game. They even turned one short gain directly into points: Rookie Clay Matthews joined a gang tackle and ripped the ball out, returning it 42 yards to tie the score at 14.

"I was hoping we'd run the ball better than that," Favre said. "Against a defense like that you don't want to throw the ball that many times. But it was better than I thought it'd be."

Favre trotted right out and took the Vikings down the field, though. He fired a 43-yard pass to Percy Harvin to give the Vikings first-and-goal at the 3, then caught a break when Woodson's interception in the end zone was wiped out by a pass interference penalty. Replays showed Woodson making minimal, if any, contact with Sidney Rice, but Peterson plunged in for a touchdown on the next play to make it 21-14.

Then came an eight-play, 80-yard drive that stretched the lead to 14. Favre found Bernard Berrian wide open from 31 yards for the score, but the setup was more impressive. Favre had six or seven seconds to throw, and found backup tight end Jeff Dugan for a 25-yarder.

"I didn't expect him to do that. I thought we would play better, but obviously we didn't," Woodson said. "And, you know, give him a lot of credit."

Game notes


Rodgers has been sacked 20 times this season. ... Thirteen of the last 15 games in this series have been decided by seven points or fewer. ... A handful of Twins players, including Joe Nathan, Jesse Crain and Delmon Young, spent their night off on the sideline. They got loud cheers when they appeared on the scoreboard. The Twins play Detroit in an AL Central tiebreaker on Tuesday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
MIN
1st Downs1922
Passing 1st downs
1614
Rushing 1st downs
35
1st downs from penalties
03
3rd down efficiency
7-138-14
4th down efficiency
1-21-1
Total Plays6262
Total Yards424334
Yards per play6.85.4
Total Drives1011
Passing342271
Comp-Att
26-3724-32
Yards per pass
7.68.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
8-420-0
Rushing8263
Rushing Attempts
1730
Yards per rush
4.82.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-33-4
Penalties7-572-10
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession28:1631:44

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers26/3738410.4218-42
MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre24/312718.7300-0
Rice0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant11514.6015
Rodgers2168.0011
MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson25552.2112
Taylor284.005

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Finley612821.3162
Driver45513.8024
MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berrian67512.5131
Rice57014.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBMIN
minTD3:26Visanthe Shiancoe 1 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 67 yds, 6:02
07
gbTD2:27Jermichael Finley 62 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 67 yds, 1:04
77
SECOND QUARTERGBMIN
minTD5:04Sidney Rice 14 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 6:43
714
gbTD3:30Clay Matthews 42 Yard Fumble Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 42 yds, 0:00
1414
minTD0:33Adrian Peterson 1 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 84 yds, 2:48
1421
THIRD QUARTERGBMIN
minTD10:45Bernard Berrian 31 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:20
1428
FOURTH QUARTERGBMIN
minSF7:25Aaron Rodgers Sacked By Jared Allen In End Zone For -1 Yards
Drive info: 3 plays, -1 yds, 1:28
1430
gbTD3:49Jordy Nelson 33 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Aaron Rodgers Pass For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 96 yds, 1:19
2030
gbFG0:59Mason Crosby 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yds, 2:15
2330