Monday milestones march on

Packers piling up the numbers in memorable fashion

The milestones reached in Monday night's 41-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders are rightfully in the shadow of the courageous performance by quarterback Brett Favre, whose father died 24 hours before the game.

While that performance is what will be remembered most about the game and the season, Monday's game was another step in a season that has seen the numbers pile up at a record pace.

Here's a few new inscriptions in the team and individual record books.

Both tight end Wesley Walls and cornerback Michael Hawthorne recorded Packer firsts. Walls caught his first touchdown as a Packer after joining the team this season as a free agent. Hawthorne, starting in place of the injured Mike McKenzie (toe) recorded the second and third interceptions of his career and first two as a Packer.

Ahman Green established even more mileage. He quietly ran for 127 yards on 19 carries, giving him 1,665 yards through 15 games and extending the season record he set in last week's game at San Diego. The performance was Green's 10th 100-yard game of the season.

Green also scored a 7-yard rushing touchdown, giving him 13 for the season. That's good for  a tie with Paul Hornung (1960) for third on the team's all-time list.  Jim Taylor holds the top two spots with 19 rushing TDs in 1962 and 15 in 1961.

Adding his five touchdown catches, Green stands at 18 overall touchdowns for the season. Taylor is the record holder here as well, as his 19 rushing touchdowns in '61 also stand as the team's highest overall total. Green's 18 total TDs tie him with Sterling Sharpe (1994) for second.

As for Favre, he made his tribute to his father one that will live on in the record books for many years to come.

  • *His 311 yards passing in the first half was a career high, and his  139 yards passing in the first quarter ranks second on his list of personal first-quarter totals.
  • *The touchdown pass to Javon Walker was Favre's 30th of the season. He added to his NFL-record seven seasons with 30 or more touchdown passes. He is way out ahead of Dan Marino in second place with four.
  • *The four touchdown passes Monday night put Favre in a tie with Fran Tarkenton for second in NFL history with 342 touchdown passes. Marino holds the record with 420.
  • *Favre also passed the 3,000 yard mark during a second-quarter drive which resulted in a field goal.  Favre has reached that milestone a dozen times in his career, tying John Elway for second on the NFL's all-time list. If Favre reaches 3,000 next season, he'll tie leader Dan Marino with 13 3,000-yard seasons.
  • *Favre also extended his Packer record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. His skein now stands at 24. He recently surpassed Cecil Isbell (22).

The interception was the second of Hawthorne's career and his first with the Packers.


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