25th start: Dec. 5, 1993 at Chicago. This mini-milestone had everything -- except a win. Favre went 36-of-54 for 402 yards, establishing career highs for completions and yardage which still stand nearly 11 years later. His TD passes to Sterling Sharpe and Mark Clayton were overshadowed by three interceptions. The Bears returned two of those for touchdowns. Add their fumble return touchdown and three Kevin Butler field goals and the Bears were able to beat the Packers without the benefit of an offensive TD.
While the game may have cost the Packers crucial Central Division command, Favre and the Packers had clearly put this game behind them by the time they finished 9-7, made the playoffs and won a post-season game on the road for the first time since 1967.
50th start: Oct. 8, 1995 at Dallas: Favre's fiftieth came during the era of Doom in Dallas. Despite the Packers steady climb back to glory, Texas Stadium remained a sticking point.
The game marked Favre's fifth trip to Dallas (including playoffs) and fifth defeat, as the Cowboys prevailed 34-24. Favre was 21-of-41 for 295 yards, a touchdown pass to Mark Chmura and an interception.
This game features a notable accomplishment for Favre. He ran for two touchdowns for the only time in his career (He's had only one in the past five seasons). That day vs. Dallas Favre scored on runs of four and 21 yards. His long run pulled the Packers to within a TD.
Although they couldn't come all the way back, the Packers (then 3-2) lost only three more games the rest of the way. They won the NFC Central and made it to the NFC Championship game - where they lost in Texas Stadium.
75th start: Dec. 8, 1996 vs. Denver. The Packers made it 15 in a row at Lambeau with a 41-6 shellacking of the undermanned Broncos. Soon-to-be two-time MVP Favre was 20-of-38 for 280 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions. Favre's highlight reel included a triple TD day for Antonio Freeman. 'Free' caught passes of 14, 51 and 25 yards from Favre. The QB also tossed a 1-yard touchdown to tight end Keith Jackson as the league's top offense tuned up for the run to the Super Bowl XXXI championship.
100th start:Oct. 25, 1998 vs. Baltimore. Favre was 22-of-41 for 260 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as the Packers jumped to a 14-0 lead and went on to a 28-10 victory over the Ravens. Favre also scored on a 4-yard rush. Favre's favore targe was again Freeman, who had nine catches for 103 yards. The leading rusher was Travis Jervey.
This game marked the beginning of what the Packers hoped would be a new home winning streak at Lambeau Field. The Packers' team-record 25 consecutive home wins ended three weeks earlier at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. Favre would play only 10 more games under coach/mentor Mike Holmgren. Coach Holmgren departed for the greener pastures of the Emerald City when he became GM/Coach of the Seattle Seahawks following the Packers' playoff loss in San Francisco.
The coach and the quarterback are closely linked in Packer lore. At one point Favre's career as Green Bay's starting field general hung in the balance as a frustrated Holmgren was torn between the talented but sometimes wild Favre and backup Mark Brunell. Holmgren initially leaned toward benching Favre but changed his mind before the idea ever materialized on the field. The rest, as they say, is history.
Despite Holmgren's indelible impact of the fortunes of Favre and the Packers, the 109 games Favre started under Holmgren are rapidly fading in history's rear-view mirror. Monday night will mark Favre's 91st game post-Holmgren; that means that if the streak continues, as of week 14 next year, Favre will have played more games without Holmgren than with him.
125th start: Jan, 2, 2000 (1999 season finale): Favre's 125th game marked the finala contest of Ray Rhodes' short tenure as Green Bay head coach. Favre went 21-of-34 for 311 yards with two touchdowns to Bill Schroeder and an interception. Other highlights included Dorsey Levens' four rushing touchdowns. The 49-24 win got the Packers back to .500 as they finished at 8-8 and avoided having their first losing record of the Favre era. Green Bay sat out the playoffs that year for the first time since 1992.
150th start: Nov. 18, 2001 vs. Atlanta: The Packers may have been surprised to find themselves on the short end of a 23-20 score vs. the Falcons and journeyman QB Chris Chandler. The loss snapped a nine-game home winning streak and took the shine off the Packers' fast start. Favre went 16-of-29 for 262 yards and two TDs but also threw three picks. That wasn't all that was ugly about this one. It turned out to be the final game for safety LeRoy Butler, who suffered a broken shoulder blade in the second quarter. Chris Akins came off the bench to fill Butler's role, but ended up costing the team more than they bargained for. His unneccessary roughness penalty kept an Atlanta touchdown drive alive.
175th start: Sept. 14, 2003 vs. Detroit: Favre led Green Bay past Detroit for the 16th time in his career as the Packers shellacked the Lions 31-6. A big lead early and powerful ground game meant a relatively quiet afternoon for Favre. The QB went 15-of-28 for 132 yards, two TDs and an interception. His favorite target was the recently-reacquired Antonio Freeman, who had four catches for 32 yards. Robert Ferguson and Tony Fisher had TD receptions. The win evened the Packers' mark at 1-1, a sign of things to come in their up-and-down season which ended with a somewhat surprising second NFC North crown and unprecedented playoff drama with back-to-back overtime games.
Note: This is the second in a week-long series on Brett Favre's consecutive-start streak which will reach 200 Monday night.