Packers-Giants marks and milestones

News, names and notes from the Packers 14-7 loss to the New York Giants Sunday at Lambeau Field.<P>

Green Bay's fourth-down TD not only wrote another page of Favre lore, it kept the Packers' league-leading touchdown streak alive at 65. The Packers have scored a touchdown in 65 consecutive games dating back to 2000. The last time the Packers did not score a touchdown was in Mike Sherman's first win as Packer head coach, Sept. 17, 2000, when Green Bay beat Philadelphia 6-3 at Lambeau. The Green Bay streak is the longest active skein in the league by far.

Favre advanced his own TD pass streak as well. Favre has thrown a touchdown pass in 29 consecutive games, giving him sole possession of third place as he moves ahead of Dave Krieg. Favre is in close range of Dan Marino who is in second place on the league list with a 30-game TD streak. Johnny Unitas holds the record with 47.

String gets longer: Favre started his 193rd game Sunday, passing Len Hauss for sole possession of of the ninth-longest starting streak in NFL annals. Hauss started 192 consecutive games at center for Washington from 1964-1977. If Favre starts next Monday night, he'll tie Doug Kieken (Cleveland, 1971-84) in the eighth spot. If Favre starts every game this season, he'll enter 2005 with the seventh longest starting streak.

Favre's streak has reached teenaged proportions. The QB's starting streak has entered it's 13th calendar year, dating back to Sept. 27, 1992.

Blanked: The less-than-eventful first half marked the first scoreless half for the Packers and their opponents since Oct. 26, 1980. Green Bay and Minnesota were knotted at 0 in the first half at Lambeau, and the Packers went on to win 16-3.

Pick parade: Darren Sharper moved into fifth place on the Packers' all-time interception list with his first-quarter pick off of Kurt Warner in the end zone. Sharper's 34th career interception moved him pass Irv Comp. LeRoy Butler (38), Herb Adderly (39), Willie Wood (48) and Bobby Dillon (52) hold the top four spots.

Century mark: Cornerback Al Harris played in his 100th consecutive game Sunday. Backup QB Doug Pederson played in his 100th overall game, notable because he came in under unusual circumstances. Rather than enter the game as a holder, as usual, Pederson's first snap came under center when Favre exited for two plays due to a head injury.

Etc: Wide receiver Javon Walker has caught at least one pass in 21 consecutive games and 31 of the last 32. The last time Walker went "catchless" was the home finale of his rookie year, Dec. 22, 2002 in Green Bay's 10-0 win over Buffalo.

Even on a sub-par day, Ahman Green reached another milestone. His 15 carries Sunday pushed him past John Brockington (1,293) for the No. 2 spot on the Packers' all-time rushing attempts list. Green stands at 1,297 carries in his fifth Packer season. Jim Taylor holds the record with 1,811 carries in his nine seasons.

Some of the marks and milestones were less than impressive. Green Bay lost three straight for the first time since 1999 and dropped their first two at home for the first time since 1988. That season the Packers dropped back to back home games to the then-LA Rams and Buccaneers, part of a five-game losing streak to start the season.

While this is the first three-game skid of Mike Sherman's head coaching tenure, Mike Holmgren's Packers suffered three-game losing streaks in Homgren's first three seasons here ('92-'94).


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