Off-season Game of the Week

If the football world didn't know it by then, Brett Favre served noticed that he was bound for greatness on Sept. 24, 1995.<p>

On a Sunday night game in Jacksonville, Fla., Favre threw at least two touchdown passes an NFL record-tying 12th consecutive game as the Packers whipped Jaguars 24-14 to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC Central for the first time in 17 seasons.

Favre tied the record held by Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas and Don Meredith in helping the Packers improve to 3-1 for the first time since the strike-shortened season of 1982. The 3-1 start marked the first by the Packers in a 16-game season since 1978.

"That's pretty classy company," Packer coach Mike Holmgren said after the game. "I'm happy for him for that. That's a good group to be with."

Favre started the streak in the Packers' 38-30 win over the Detroit Lions at Milwaukee County Stadium Nov. 6, 1994. The skein, which included 32 touchdown passes, would end the following week when Favre posted just one six-point aerial in a 34-24 setback at Dallas.

"I guess it's a great record," said Favre, who was 20 of 30 for 202 yards with one interception. "As I've said before, I'd much rather win and when you can win and break records, it's a great feeling. We still have a long ways to go and I'd like to continue it simply because we're putting points on the board when we get into the red zone."

While Favre was linking himself to the legends, the Packer defense was turning in one of its best performances of the Holmgren Era against an offense that entered the game ranked last in the league.

Reggie White & Co. limited the Jags to 201 total yards and 13 first downs. The winless Jaguars managed just 16 yards in the first half and they didn't log get a first down until the early stages of the third quarter. White recorded one of the Packers' five sacks, upping his career total to 149.5.

The Packers were heavy favorites over the expansion Jaguars, which did not sit well with Holmgren.

"You come down here and the whole world expects you to win and they can play loose and hard," he said.

Said nose tackle John Jurkovic: "We knew it was going to be a tough game. Jacksonville plays with a lot of fire. We just wanted to get out of here with a victory and that's what ended up happening."

The game was scoreless until the second quarter when Craig Hentrich – subbing for the injured Chris Jacke – booted a 49-yard field goal. The three-pointer was part of a banner night for the versatile Notre Damer. Hentrich averaged a season-best 49 yards on four punts and booted three PATs in addition to his field goal.

Favre jacked the lead to 10-0 with a six-yard laser beam to Robert Brooks in the final minute of the first half. Favre zipped the ball between three defenders for his eighth TD pass of the season.

Favre used his feet to set up the Packers third quarter touchdown. Favre scrambled 40 yards – still the longest jaunt of his career – to the 2-yard line. Dorsey Levens finished off the drive with a TD run to give the Packers an insurmountable 17-0 lead.

After the Jaguars got on the board, Favre threw his way into the record books with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Morgan with 5 minutes and 52 seconds left in the game. Favre was able to get the ball into the end zone despite rolling left under heavy pressure and throwing off the wrong foot.

Jacksonville finished the scoring with a 3-yard TD pass from former Packer quarterback Mark Brunell to Willie Jackson.

The Jags recovered the onside kick and appeared to register a gap-narrowing score with a 35-yard Brunell to Jackson TD pass late in the game. However, an official noticed Jackson had stepped out of bounds and negated the play. The Packers then threw Jacksonville running back Ryan Christopherson for a 1-yard loss on fourth down to essentially end the game.

Game notes: Brunell, traded by the Packers to the Jaguars for draft picks, was 16 of 29 for 156 yards. Brunell, a left-hander, was the Packers' first fifth round pick in the 1993 draft. He backed up Favre in 1993 and 1994 before being dealt to Jacksonville. … The game is still the only meeting between the teams. … Edgar Bennett led the Packers with 66 rushing yards while Levens and Brooks tied for team honors with four receptions. … Favre used eight different receivers in the game: Levens, Brooks, Morgan, Bennett, Mark Chmura, Mark Ingram, Antonio Freeman and Jeff Thomason.

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