The Packers haven't had much they can count on this season. Green Bay was an unheard of 3-3 at Lambeau Field coming into Sunday's showdown with the Bears. And perhaps as much as Ahman Green has given with his record-pace rushing, he has taken away with fumbles. Even Brett Favre has let games slip through his injured throwing hand.
Finally, the Packers found their rock – an answer to their search for consistency this season. That answer was the Chicago Bears.
A win over the Bears at Lambeau Field is something the Packers have counted on every season except one (1999) in the past 10 years. Sunday, the Green and Gold put that dependability to the test, spotting the Bears a 14-0 first half lead. But traditions run deep in Titletown, and five takeaways later the Packers were 34-21 winners over Chicago.
Sunday's win gave the Packers 7 in a row vs. Chicago, including a four-game streak at home.
If the Bears bring out a better Green Bay team in Lambeau, they bring out the best in Favre no matter where the rivals meet. In 24 career starts vs. Chicago, Favre is an amazing 20-4. His 21-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker with 2:43 left in the first half made it 24 games in a row with a TD pass vs. the Bears for the 34-year-old QB.
The skein tied Dan Marino's NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass against a single opponent. In Marino's case, the New York Jets were the ones counting the days until his retirement press conference.
Favre also tied the Packers' mark for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, owned by Cecil Isbell with 22 games spanning the 1941 and 1942 seasons.
That milestone joins many other set by Favre against the Bears. His career best comletions (36), passing yards (402), touchdown passes (5), passer rating (147.2), longest pass (99-yard TD pass to Robert Brooks), second-longest pass (84 yard TD to Donald Driver) and second longest run (36-yard TD) have all come against Chicago.
After an erratic Thanksgiving Day outing in Detroit, a city which has not been particularly kind to Favre, he shook off the bad holiday memories with another happy December date with the Bears. He completed 22-of-33 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. In December games, Favre's Packers are 6-0 vs. Chicago. Sunday's win added to the Packers' sparkling December record with Favre at the helm. He moved past Joe Montana, at least temporarily, into third place on the list of best December records for a starting QB (36-11, .783).
The game wasn't all a winter wonderland for Favre, however, as his one interception was returned 45 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Lance Briggs. That turned out to be the Packers' only turnover of the day.
The second half told a more accurate story. That's when the Bears turned back into the Bears and the Packers turned back into the Packers and all was right with the world. Or at least at Lambeau Field.