Game notes: Favre delivers on Christmas Eve

Brett Favre is known for his winning tendencies in so many categories -- in cold weather, at Lambeau Field, in come-from-behind games. Friday's emotional win over the Vikings adds to Favre's legend as he again answered fans' wishes for a win on Christmas Eve.<P>

Overall the Packers are 5-1 in Dec. 24 games; Favre is a perfect 4-0.

His previous Christmas Eve performances included another nail-biter. In 2000 Green Bay beat Tampa Bay 17-14 in overtime at Lambeau Field despite an atypical performance by their QB. Favre was 20-of-42 for 196 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Back in 1995 Favre turned in a spectacular performance on the holiday eve, but it took a dropped pass by Pittsburgh's Yancy Thigpen to give the Packers a 24-19 win and their first Central Division title since 1972. Favre went 23-of-32 for 301 yards, two touchdowns in wrapping up his first MVP season.

Favre's first Christmas Eve performance was in 1994. It was by far his easiest holiday excursion as the Packers won at Tampa Bay 34-19. A trio of touchdowns started the holiday off right for Favre.

The Packers played just two Christmas Eve games before Favre hit town. Green Bay beat Dallas 20-10 in 1989, only to have their holiday cheer doused by the Vikings' Monday Night Football win over Cincinnati on Christmas Day.

"Home" for the holidays: Center Mike Flanagan, who is sitting out the season as he continues to recover from knee problems, was part of the joyous lockerroom celebration. "That locker-room, just to be a part of it, was something magical. It just feels so good. Everybody was hugging eachother, it was such a hard-fought game it felt like we had won it all."

Humphrey Dome for the Holidays: This is the first time since 1989 the Packers have ended the season with consecutive road games. That year, Lindy Infante's surprising squad beat the Bears in Soldier Field and the Cowboys in Dallas on Christmas Eve to reach double figures in victories but still didn't qualify for the playoffs.

Despite the horror-dome reputation of the Metrodome, The Packers have forged a decent December record in Minnesota. Overall the Packers are 6-5 in road games there, including a surprising 5-3 in the dome thanks to Friday's win. Green Bay was 2-2 at the old Met in Bloomington, back when the Vikings used to play outdoors like their hardier division brethren. When the Packers win in these situations, they score points. In all seven of their december wins at Minnesota (inside or outside), the Pack has scored at last 23 points.

Here's a run-down of the Packers' December games vs. Minnesota. Metrodome games are designated (M).

2000 W 33-28

1999 L 20-24

1997 W 27-11

1992 L 7-27

1991 W 27-7

1990 L 7-23

1984 W 38-14

1976 L 9-20

1975 L 3-34

1972 W 23-7

1967 W 30-27

Bah-humbug: Randy Moss didn't exactly get into the spirit of the holiday. Although he had a touchdown, Moss had just two catches for 30 yards.

From injured center Mike Flanagan's vantage point on the sidelines, he spied Moss playing Grinch for Vikings fans.

"I'd look over and see Randy was half-assing it," Flanagan said in a TV interview after the game.

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