Packers-Cardinals notebook

Take a look inside the names and numbers from the Packers' 20-13 loss to the Cardinals Sunday at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.<P>

Welcome back: Donald Driver marked his return from a frightening injury with an 8-yard reception with 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter. He received an ovation from the large green and gold following in the Sun Devil Stadium stands. Driver finished with 2 catches for 12 yards. According to Packers Radio Network analyst and Packer Hall-of-Famer Larry McCarren, Driver was tackled on the final, fateful play of the game, although the nearby official did not choose to make a call.

The heat was on: The unofficial on field temperature in the fourth quarter was 126 degrees. That would be a Tempe record for Sept. 21. The on-field temperature at kickoff was 122 degrees.

Strong string: Favre started the game 10-for-10, which going back to last week's win over Detroit gave him a 14-for-14 streak to tie his career high. He finished 23-of-43 for 245 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Break-through: Arizona's first-quarter recovery of an Ahman Green fumble was the Cardinals' first takeaway of the 2003 season.

Last chance: The Cardinals offense stayed alive with a bend-don't-break approach. Often stopped cold on first and/or second down, Arizona converted 8-of-13 third down chances (62 percent) which will probably maintain their league-high conversion percentage. QB Jeff Blake's ability to absorb hits and hurries but stay on his feet helped the Cards' cause. He was not sacked in the game.

Hendu can-do: Fullback William Henderson had three catches fora team-high 47 yards and three first downs in his best career receiving yardage day since making five catches for 58 yards vs. Carolina Dec. 12, 1999.

WRs quiet: Favre found more luck with his backfield than his did with his wide receivers Sunday. Henderson, Ahman Green and Tony Fisher combined for 11 catches for 132 yards vs. the Cardinals. Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson, who left the game early with an injury, had 5 catches for 78 yards between them. Antonio Freeman did not catch a pass Sunday, and was the target of an incompletion in the end zone on the Packers' final drive.

Injury update: WR Robert Ferguson aggravated his injured right knee while blocking for Ahman Green on a first-down play in with 12:11 to go in the fourth quarter ... DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila went down in the second quarter but left the game under his own power and returned later in the half.

Heat stroke? The 40-yard pass interference penalty called on Packer cornerback Al Harris with 11 minutes to go in the game was probably the most controversial of several curious calls during Sunday's game. Harris didn't appear to make contact with the intended receiver, the ball sailed a good 25 yards past any Cardinal, and the call was discussed by the crew but the call was made anyway. Branded a terrible call by the officials, the 28-yard Cardinal gain precipitated their eventual game-winning touchdown.

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