Packers-Seahawks Notebook

It must have seemed like old times for Mike Holmgren as he watched the handful of holdovers from his coaching tenure tear it up at Lambeau. Brett Favre and William Henderson enjoyed their best games of the season, while even Antonio Freeman got into the act with a key catch on third-and-long.<p>

A loss is a loss," Holmgren said. "But I have a lot of friends here and you want to do well in front of them. I didn't do so well today. Just like me wanting to impress my friends, I'm sure they wanted to play well against me."

Favre avenged a 6-turnover performance the last time the two were reunited at Lambeau Field (Nov. 1, 1999). This time, Favre enjoyed his first turnover-free day this season and worked his old magic throughout.

"I think Favre and (Ahman) Green, their best players, played very, very well," said Holmgren in his post-game press conference. "We didn't want to get into a shootout, they just got us today."

Henderson, a third-round draft pick of Holmgren's Packers back in 1995 and a member of both of the coach's Super Bowl teams, turned in arguably his best game of the post-Holmgren era. The fullback had three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, also providing the key block to clear Ahman Green's second TD run.

Sharper made his presence known with a savvy second-half play that may have sealed the Seahawks' fate. With the defense is disarray on third and long, Sharper wisely called timeout to avoid the Seahawks snapping the ball to force a penalty. On the ensuing play, Sharper read Hasselbeck perfectly the whole way, nabbing his pass for his first interception of the season.

Besides Favre, Henderson, Sharper and Freeman, the other Packers on the current roster who played for Holmgren in Green Bay are: Ryan Longwell, Doug Pederson, Mike Flanagan, Rob Davis, Marco Rivera, Mike Wahle and Gilbert Brown.

Play fair: Packer coach Mike Sherman explains the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty they incurred in the second half.

"We saw some guys kind of jawing back and forth and one of our coaches tried to go out there and break it up and they thought we were challenging the official and that time on the call," Sherman said. "We didn't disagree with the call it was fourth down and we won the down and there wasn't any disagreement, we just wanted to get our players off the field. You know I thought on the change of possession the opportunity to go out and greet your players was allowed but obviously today it wasn't."

Stopped cold: The Packers' win snaps Matt Hasselbeck's string of wins in six consecutive starts.

Welcome, Wesley: Tight end Wesley Walls, hampered by injury since joining the Packers in August, made his first catcvh as a Packer on a five-yard grab with five minutes left in the second quarter. The last time Walls caught a pass in Lambeau Field was Dec. 12, 1999 when he had six receptions for 96 yards in the Carolina Panthers' 33-31 stunner over the Pack.

Welcome, Part II: Cornerback Michael Hawthorne, who signed with the Packers Sept. 15, recorded his first career sack on a big play near the end of the first half. The fourth-year pro and former New Orleans Saint crushed Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss with 3 seconds to go in the half. The feat seemed to end the Seahawks' scoring hopes, but rookie kicker Josh Brown made good on a 58-yard field goal.

Record book: Favre passed Joe Montana for fifth place on the all-time victories list with 118. His next win ties him with Johnny Unitas at 119 ... John Randle's 133rd sack moved him into sixth place all-time. It also marked just the second sack of the season absorbed by Favre, who exchanged pleasantries with long-time combatant and former Viking Randle afterwards.

Injury update: Several Packers, most notably on defense, went down with injuries Sunday. Linebackers Na'il Digg and Paris Lenon both suffered sprained MCLs and will be evaluated Monday. DE Joe Johnson (triceps), DT Gilbert Brown (knee), DE Chukie Nwokorie (knee) and OL Mike Wahle (knee) were all able to return to the game.


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