Favre rewriting the records

In 2003, Brett Favre continued to become more prominent in the record books of the Green Bay Packers and National Football League. The future Hall of Fame quarterback extended some of his own records and climbed the charts toward other achievements.<p>

Here is a look at statistics and streaks compiled by the Green Bay Packers and the Elias Sports Bureau on Favre:

Passes Gregg: Favre, on Dec. 7, passed Forrest Gregg for the longest consecutive games-played streak in Packers history. Hall of Famer Bart Starr (196) is the only other Packer to have played more games in a Packers uniform than Favre (191).

Gregg's streak included an exemption for missing the 1956 finale and the entire '57 season while serving in the Army.

Favre extended his NFL record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback to 189 straight regular season games. He has started 208 straight games, including the playoffs, and has played in 210 consecutive games, including the postseason.

With his 191st regular-season game in a Packers uniform Dec. 28 vs. Denver, Favre passed No. 2 Ray Nitschke (1958-72) on the Packers' all-time list.

The others: 172 other quarterbacks have started an NFL game since Sept. 27, 1992, when Favre launched his current starting streak. Favre's streak, the longest ever by a quarterback, is also the league's longest active at all positions.

Touchdown streak: Favre has thrown a touchdown pass in 25 straight regular-season games (28 including playoffs), a team record. Johnny Unitas (1956-60) owns the longest all-time streak with 47 straight games with a touchdown pass.

Other quarterbacks ahead of Favre include, Dan Marino,1985-87, 30; Dave Krieg, 1983-85, 28; Chris Chandler, 1997-99, 27; Peyton Manning, 1998-99, 27.

Total touchdowns: Favre (346) put No. 2 Fran Tarkenton (342) in his wake Dec. 22 at Oakland, and now looks up at only Dan Marino (420) on the NFL's all-time touchdown pass list. At his current pace, Favre would not catch Marino until 2006.

Best in the NFL: According to Elias Sports Bureau, Favre enters 2004 averaging more TD passes per game (1.7927) than any player in league annals (minimum 150 TD). Other quarterbacks behind Favre include: Peyton Manning (1.7400), Dan Marino (1.7355), Jim Kelly (1.4813), and Joe Montana (1.4219).

Most accurate season: With a 65.4 completion percentage, Favre established a career high and franchise record (both 64.1 in 1992).

Other milestones: Reached 30 TD passes for a seventh overall season (also 1994-98 and 2001) and extended his own NFL record. No. 2 Dan Marino (four) is the only other player in history with at least four 30-TD seasons.

– Reached 3,000 yards for a 12th overall season, and tied No. 2 John Elway (1985-91, 1993-97) on the NFL's all-time list. Dan Marino (13) paces the list. By reaching 3,000 for a 12th consecutive year, Favre extended his own NFL record.

– Since 1992, Favre and the Packers are 41-12 (.774) in regular-season games during December and January. No other quarterback or team has a better mark during that span.

Looking ahead: Favre needs 1,358 passing yards in 2004 to surpass No. 4 Fran Tarkenton (47,003), and 3,680 to surpass No. 3 Warren Moon (49,325). Favre enters ‘04 with 45,646.

Elway in range: Favre (4,686) on Jan. 11 passed No. 3 Dan Marino (4,510), and now needs 279 to eclipse No. 2 John Elway on the league's all-time postseason passing yards chart.

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