High Winds, Heavy Heart Can't Stop Favre

Despite high winds which made it tough to pass, and heavy heart following the death of his father, Brett Favre led his team to a romp of the Broncos and a playoff berth. W. Keith Roerdink has the story...

Playing in a heavy wind and with a still heavy heart from the sudden death of his father the week before, quarterback Brett Favre continued to etch his name in Packer and NFL history in Green Bay's 31-3 victory over the Broncos.

His two-yard pass to tight end Bubba Franks for the game's first points gave him a league-leading 32 touchdown passes on the year. In doing so for the fourth time in his career, he ties Len Dawson, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young for most seasons leading the league in scoring strikes.

Favre also extended his club record for most consecutive games throwing at least one touchdown pass to 25. Additionally, by completing 12 of 21 passes on the day (including his first six in a row), he finished the regular season with a career-best completion percentage of 65.4, also a new Packer record.

But like the rest of his teammates, Favre was more focused on the numbers 18 and 17. The score of the wild Arizona-Minnesota contest that helped Green Bay to the NFC North Division crown. Favre even ditched his trademark tattered and faded Nike golf hat for a clean, crisp division champs lid.

"This is one of the few times it was easy to take that one off," Favre said. "And I probably won't wear this one for long. The emotion on the sideline and the locker room, I mean, I was shocked that we not only got in but were division champs.

"Everyone was so excited, and I was really just numb. I didn't know whether to smile, cry, rejoice there's just been so much going on this week. I know what we've done but I really don't think it's hit me. I don't think everything that's happened this week has hit me."

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