Packers-Bears notes: Favre, offense run up records

Craig Nall's 25-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker made him the first quarterback other than Brett Favre to throw a TD pass vs. the Bears in 13 years.<p> Who was the last guy to do it?<P>

Mike Tomczak got revenge on his former Chicago team with a 1-yard pass to tight end Jackie Harris on Dec. 8, 1991. T-czak's celebration was short-lived, however, as the Bears won that one 27-13.

Since then, Favre has started every Packer-Bear game in Soldier Field, thrown a TD in every one, and has won 11 in a row (12-1 overall) on the road vs. Chicago -- an NFL record for quarterbacks. It isn't just Soldier Field that Favre owns -- it's the whole state. Favre also beat the Bears in Champaign, Ill. in 2002.

Favre extended his streak of overall games with a touchdown pass vs. the Bears to 26 -- each time he's faced them.

The Packer offense and Favre posted a bevy of big numbers vs. the Bears. *Favre went over the 4,000 mark for the fourth time in his career. The previous seasons were 1995 (4,413), 1998 (4,212) and 1999 (4,091).

The pass that pushed him over was his first TD pass of the afternoon, a 17-yarder to Bubba Franks.

*Favre also reached 30 touchdowns for the eighth time in his career Other 30-plus seasons were: 1994-98, 2001 and 2003. By contrast, the Bears have never had a QB with 30 TDs in a season.

*Favre pulled to within approximately one game of the 50,000 yard milestone. With his 196 yards in less than a half of play Sunday, Favre finished the regular season with 4,088 yards. He now stands at 49,734 and needs 266 yards to reach 50,000.

*The offense established team single-season records for yards, first downs and pass completions.

The 2004 Packers finished the regular season with new highs (followed by previous record, year) of 6,349 total yards (6,172 yards in 1983), 354 first downs (342 in 1989), 382 passes completed (375 in 1994).

A few shifts were made Sunday in a category that doesn't see much change. After J.T. O'Sullivan took the field for the final snaps, the number of players backing up Favre over the years jumped to 10; Nall's TD gave those 10 men a total of 10 TDs between them, counting only touchdowns they threw for the Packers while listed below Favre on the depth chart.

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