Favre named player of month

QB threw for 1,000 yards in December

Quarterback Brett Favre, who led the Packers to a perfect 4-0 record in the month of December, was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month by the NFL today. Favre joins running back Ahman Green, who was named NFC Player of the Week for his performance in Green Bay's victory over the Denver Broncos in the regular season finale Dec. 28.

Favre guided the Packers' red-hot offense to 144 points in December and 442 in 2003, fourth-most in the NFL. He completed 79 of 117 attempts for 1,003 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, finishing December with a 111.9 passer rating. Favre's 10 scoring strikes gave him an NFL-leading 32 touchdown passes, joining Johnny Unitas, Len Dawson and Steve Young as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to lead the league four times.

Favre twice had games of four touchdown passes in the month, including an inspiring performance in a 41-7 road-win over the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 22. One day after the death of his father and high school football coach, Irvin Favre, the Packers' quarterback completed 22 of 30 attempts for 399 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 154.9 passer rating, the best of his career.

Favre also tossed four touchdowns in a 38-21 triumph against the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 14, completing 22 of 33 attempts for 278 yards. The strong-armed passer has thrown a touchdown pass in 25 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history.

"This team is going into the playoffs with a better mind-set than last year's team," Favre said. "To overcome the Jets loss last year was tough. But this team is feeling good and it would have been a shame to miss the playoffs because of the way we're feeling and playing right now."

Favre won the Player of the Month Award for the fourth time in his career and first since September 1999.

Grant Wistrom and kicker Jeff Wilkins of the St. Louis Rams were named Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month.

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