Names and numbers add up to Packer win

Laura takes a first look at factors behind today's win

Favre was flawless, veterans demonstrated what it means to play at Lambeau in January, and newcomers made a name for themselves. Injured players toughed it out and, in the end, the defense redeemed itself. The big story of the Packers' 33-27 playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday was the product of the numbers compiled inside Lambeau's lines.

Between them, Brett Favre and William Henderson have played in 32 playoff games. Sunday, that experience was golden. Henderson's three catches for 38 yards may seem modest, but his 29-yard catch in the second quarter keyed the Packers' first scoring drive. It was also the second longest reception of the fullback's 9-year career. His longest was a 33-yarder in the 1998 playoffs at San Francisco.

Favre increased his team-high playoff run to 18 games. He kept pace among active players with Titans' punter Craig Hentrich atop the NFL. Hentrich forged the first 11 games of that skein with the Packers (1994-97).

The 23-yard TD pass to Bubba Franks with 4:37 remaining in the first half gave Favre the NFL record for consecutive playoff games with a touchdown toss. Sunday marked his 14th consecutive game with a TD pass, breaking a first-place tie with Dan Marino, who set his mark with Miami from 1983-95.

At least for one week, Favre becomes the Packers' most accurate post-season passer of all time. His 26-of-32 performance Sunday gave him a career playoff completion percentage of 61.07 (364-of-596). That edges Bart Starr (61.03) and Lynn Dickey (61.02). Favre also closed to within four yards of Marino for third place on the NFL's all time postseason passing yardage list. The Green Bay QB's 319 yards Sunday gave him 4,506 in 18 games, while Marino had 4,510 in his career total of 18 postseason contests. Favre is likely to pass the Dolphins' star on the first completion next week at Philly.

That gives Favre one of just three Packer post-season records he doesn't already own.

When his slightly-short field goal attempt bounced in the storied south end zone, it didn't look like it would be a day to remember for kicker Ryan Longwell. The hard-working kicker was not only saved by his teammates' heroics, he also connected on two other field goals of 27 and 31 yards to help the Packers keep pace in the nail-biter.

Longwell also moved into third place in Packer history with 55 playoff points. Longwell passed Don Chandler (49 points) and trails Antonio Freeman (72) and Chris Jacke (73).

Al Harris' game-winning 52-yard interception return ranks fourth in Packer annals (third among returns for a TD). George Teague holds a record that will be though to beat: 101 yards vs. the Detroit Lions in a wild-card round game Jan. 8, 1994. Herb Adderley had a 60-yard TD return on Jan. 14, 1968 and Eugene Robinson recorded a 58 yard return at San Francisco Jan. 11, 1998.

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