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Most records "reset" in the post-season; consecutive game streaks forged in the regular season go on hold until next September. The 2003 Packers, who have already set a record for, well, records, can now make an assault on the postseason record books.

Focus on Brett Favre – the prolific passer will start in his 17th playoff game while his cross-field combatant and former backup Matt Hasselbeck will make his postseason debut. Favre's impressive playoff run has him poised on the brink of yet more Packer records.

  • Favre can set the NFL record for consecutive playoff games throwing a touchdown pass with one TD toss today. Currently Favre is tied at 13 games with Dan Marino, who set his mark with Miami from '83-95. Favre's streak began in 1995, as he did not have a touchdown pass in the NFC divisional playoff loss to Dallas to end the '94 season.
  • A huge game today could also propel Favre past Marino into third place on the NFL's list of most career postseason passing yards. Of course a win today and in subsequent playoff games means Favre can pace himself on the way to this one. Favre comes in with 4,187 yards in 17 games, while Marino compiled 4,510 in 18 games. Joe Montana is the record-holder with 5,772 yards in 23 games.
  • Favre owns a dozen Packer post-season marks and is tied for another. Of 16 passer categories in team annals, Favre is the leader in 13. The three he doesn't own? Favre's 331 yards passing at Dallas on Jan. 16, 1994 is just one yard shy of  Lynn Dickey's record for single-game passing yardage set exactly 11 years early in the same exact location (332 yards at Dallas, Jan. 16, 1983) and both came in losses. Favre also ranks second in touchdown passes in a game (4, Bart Starr at Dallas Jan 1, 1967) and  third in passing percentage at 59.93  (Starr leads with 61.03 percent, edging Lynn Dickey with 61.02.).

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