Favre, Packers keep eyes on the prize

Brett Favre wants more.<p> Making his 155th consecutive start and improving to 28-0 at home when the gametime temperature is 34 degrees or below, Favre passed for 3 touchdowns amid steady snow to beat the Browns last week at Lambeau. The win clinched a Packer playoff spot for the first time since 1998.<p> To Favre, it isn't enough.<P>

In order to accomplish what the veteran QB has in mind, the Packers will have to go out and do it all over again today when the Vikings (5-9) visit Lambeau for a noon kickoff.

"It is a big deal and everyone was excited in the locker room," he said. "I don't want to sound like I'm not excited, but we have two games left. Just getting in the playoffs to me is just not enough."

The Packers still have hopes of winning the division title, trailing the Chicago Bears by just one game. Green Bay, which holds the tiebreaker over the Bears based on a series sweep, closes its season next Sunday at the New York Giants. The Packers are still fighting for a home playoff game, trailing San Francisco by one game for the NFC's first wild card spot.

The playoff chase is the main topic, but with a few scores to settle, the Packers have a few interesting sub-plots to follow today.

Out of the playoffs for just the second time in Dennis Green's 10 seasons as coach, the Vikings played their best game of the season on October 21 against Green Bay. Sparked by a defense that limited Favre to 169 yards passing and two interceptions, the Vikings rolled to a 35-13 rout in that contest. Doug Chapman had 90 yards rushing and Culpepper 71 to lead the offense. Star wide receiver Randy Moss added eight catches for 73 yards. In seven career games against Green Bay, Moss has 38 receptions for 826 yards and seven touchdowns.

Those are the numbers. But there's more to it than that. Fans will never what ungracious visitors the Vikings are at Lambeau. The Vikings snapped the Packers' record-tying home win streak with an Oct. 5, 1998 victory in Green Bay. Last season, Moss took the tag "hot dog" to a new low by attempting a Lambeau Leap in the south end zone. A dutiful Packer fan palmed Moss' helmet and shoved him back to the grass.

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