Favre celebrates 200 in style

Brett Favre came through for the Packers, the governor and the entire state of Wisconsin Monday night. The QB made his 200th consecutive start a memorable one, leading Green Bay to a 45-17 win over St. Louis, a sixth-consecutive win for the 7-4 Packers, and a fitting celebration of Gov. Jim Doyle's proclamation of Brett Favre Day.<P>

"There was a lot of pressure to perform," Favre said in his post-game press conference. "I tried to look at it as another game. It was an important game, one that we needed to win. I can't say enough about the way we played."

Favre threw three touchdown passes, stopping along the way to pick up a few more milestones. He reached the 20th touchdown mark for the 11th consecutive season, breaking Dan Marino's NFL record. Favre also extended his streak of games with a TD pass to 36, second all-time.

"I'm just so happy that his 200th start was his 132nd victory," coach Mike Sherman said. "He wouldn't have thought as fondly of this day if we hadn't won."

Favre didn't celebrate alone. In addition to the ecstatic 70,385 on hand at Lambeau, there were a host of others celebrating on the field. Running back Najeh Davenport contributed his first career 100-yard game, smashing the mark with 178 yards on 19 carries. Not bad for his first NFL start, which came after starter Ahman Green was sidelined with a rib injury. Davenport's own injury, a nagging hamstring strain, was all but forgotten in the rush of his first pro start which resulted in the fifth-highest rushing total in team history.

"With Ahman Green hurt, (Davenport) did everything he had to do. No one could stop him," receiver Donald Driver told ABC as he exited the field Monday night.

Davenport put the exclamation point on the evening with a 40-yard TD on 4th and 1 to seal the game with less than two minutes remaining. Tony Fisher, nursing a sore shoulder, chipped in 42 yards on six carries. His 24-yard run set up a Ryan Longwell field goal to push the lead back out of the Rams' reach in the early fourth quarter.

The defense provided its own fireworks, scoring the game's first and last TDs. Rookie Ahmad Carroll got the Packers on the board when he returned one of Isaac Bruce's two fumbles 40 yards for a touchdown in the opening minutes. Michael Hawthorne later returned another 34 yards with less than a minute to go in the game.

Carroll also prevented a St. Louis score with an interception in the end zone - one of Green Bay's four takeaways.

Favre's first TD toss went to tight end Bubba Franks for 7 yards in the second quarter to make it 14-3. Driver, who lead GB receivers with 6 catches for 85 yards, and Javon Walker were also touchdown recipients for the second consecutive week.

The Rams put up the big numbers everywhere but on the scoreboard. Quarterback Marc Bulger set a record for most yards against the Packers with as he went 35-of-53 and had his way with the Green Bay pass rush. Bruce had nine catches for 170 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought our defense did a tremendous job against a very explosive offense, limiting them to 17 points," Sherman said. "That's a hard thing to do. We gave up some yardage but we kept them out of the end zone."

The Packers kept pace with the Vikings atop the NFC North, while the Rams fell to 5-6 but still trail Seattle by just one game in the NFC West.

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