After Ahman Green was tossed for a 3-yard loss, Favre threw a perfect pass to Robert Ferguson for a 48-yard gain to the Washington 12. Ferguson ran a deep route all the way across the field, and Favre hit Ferguson in stride over the heads of the double team.
On first down and on the final play of the first quarter, Favre found Bubba Franks for 7 yards. A second-down run by Green netted a yard and a third-down run by Green netted another yard.
That set up a fourth-down decision for head coach/play caller Mike Sherman. A field goal would give the Packers a two-touchdown lead at 13-0. A touchdown would put the Packers in control at 17-0. Sherman went the aggressive route, eschewing a sure three points for a chance at something bigger. With three tight ends in the lineup, the Packers tried to fool the Redskins with a passing play. It worked, as David Martin got a step on linebacker Lemar Marshall, who was forced grab Martin for a pass-interference call.
The penalty gave the Packers a first-and-goal situation from the 1-yard line, and Green scored easily on the next play to give the Packers a 17-0 lead.