Game notes: Favre on fire

While the Packers kept their most important streak intact by winning their fifth straight Sunday night in Houston, a few other skeins and stats fell into place.<P>

Brett Favre has now thrown a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games, tightening his hold on the No. 2 spot on the NFL's all-time list. His touchdown pass to Donald Driver pulled the Packers to within 13-10 early in the fourth quarter, leading to another impressive stat; Favre has now led the Packers to victory after the team was trailing or tied in the fourth quarter for the 35th time in his career. Meanwhile, he started his 199th consecutive game and played in his 201st consecutive game.

The numbers - 33-of-50 for 383 yards -- came as Favre was responsible for nearly all of the team's offense. With Najeh Davenport already out of the lineup, the Packers saw two more RBs including Ahman Green felled by injuries in the early going.

Favre crafted a perfect performance on the game-winning drive. He went 6-of-7 for 42 yards, with his only incompletion coming on an intentional spike to stop the clock. His final pass, a 12-yard strike to Donald Driver, put Green Bay comfortably into Ryan Longwell's range.

The last time Favre threw 50-plus times was Nov. 27, 2000 when he went 31-of-51 in a loss at Carolina. The last time he had 50 attempts in a win was in the Pack's championship season - Oct. 14, 1996. Favre completed 28-of-61 for 395 yards, one touchdown and two picks in a 23-20 overtime win over San Francisco at Lambeau Field.

*Walter Williams' surprise chance in the limelight was short-lived. Promoted from the practice squad Saturday night, the running back was the workhorse on the Packers' opening drive. He had the majority of Packers' carries in the first quarter after Ahman Green headed for the sidelines after his 7-yard run on the Packers' opening play. Green returned, only to exit again with a rib injury.

The debut lasted only a quarter, as the RB sprained his right ankle and was unable to return to the game.

Still, he was the team's leading rusher with 42 yards on 6 carries, including a 28-yard burst to start the team's second drive.

Williams, who played collegiately at Grambling State, was signed to the practice squad Sept. 15. He rushed 20 times for 62 yards in the preseason.

*Injuries: Williams wasn't the only RB sidelined Sunday night. Ahman Green, who returned from a brief respite in the first quarter, was carted from the field with a rib injury later in the first half. X-rays were negative, but Green did not return to action.

Safety Michael Hawthorne suffered a jaw injury after a collision with cornerback Al Harris during a Houston punt return. He later returned to the game.

Receiver Robert Ferguson injured his left shoulder on a clutch catch in the third quarter.

*Tonight's paid attendance was 70,769, the largest regular season crowd in Houston Texans history.


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