Packer-Panther notes

Green Bay's season-opening 24-14 win over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium Monday night helped Mike Sherman avoid a dubious distinction.<p>

The Packers have not lost consecutive season openers since 1991-92. Those losses were split between outgoing coach Lindy Infante's pathetic 20-3 loss to the Eagles Sept. 1, 1991 in his final opener and first-year coach Mike Holmgren's ulcer-inducing 23-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sept. 6, 1992.

The last coach to lose two consecutive season openers was Infante, while Forrest Gregg lost three of his four as Packer coach.

Keep on truckin': The Packers' 47 rushing attempts were the second-most of the Brett Favre era. Last season the Packers rushed 48 times in a 20-10 win over the 49ers on Nov. 23. The Packer record is 64, set at Washington on Dec. 1, 1946.

Favre file: Monday marked Favre's 126th career win, putting him third on the all-time list behind Dan Marino and John Elway. He broke a tie with Fran Tarkenton, who had 125 wins in 240 games. Favre needed only 189 games to match the former Viking QB. Favre also passed Tarkenton on the all-time attempts list. No. 4 needed just four entering Monday night's game. He reached that on an 11-yard completion to Tony Fisher during the Packers' second possession.

Favre's TD pass to Ahman Green extended his streak to 26 consecutive games, tied for fourth in NFL history ... Favre started his 190th consecutive contest, extending his own record for quarterbacks.

Green acres: Ahman Green's 119-yard performance gives him 25 100-yard games as a Packer. Green's next game at the century mark will tie him with Jim Taylor for most 100-yard games in Packer history.

Green matched his personal best for touchdowns with three - one catch and two runs. He scored a hattrick in a 30-9 win over Washington on Oct. 20, 2002 with runs of 24, 2 and 8 yards.

His first TD Monday night put Green's streak at five straight games with a rushing touchdown. He is tied for third in Packer history on that list with Tobin Rote, 1956; Jim Taylor 1961 and 1964; and Brent Fullwood, 1988. Paul Hornung had rushing TDs in seven consecutive games in 1960, while Terdell Middleton had six consecutive games with a rushing touchdown in 1978.

Monday Night's all right: Coach Mike Sherman improved to 8-2 on Monday Night Football with losses to Carolina in 2000 and Philadelphia in 2003. Better still, he is 8-1 in games following a Monday Night appearance. Only Philly owns a better MNF record since Sherman took the reins in Green Bay; the Eagles are 6-1 (.857) while the Packers have an .800 Monday Night mark.

Bad Brad: When RB Brad Hoover scored the game's first touchdown, it brought back bad memories for Green Bay. Hoover pummeled the Packers on Monday Night Football back on Nov. 27, 2000. Then a rookie, Hoover had 117 yards on 24 carries and scored the game-sealing touchdown in Carolina's 31-14 win.

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