Packers-Seahawks: Post-game notes

Driver finishes season with career high 1,221 yards receiving

Here are some notes from Green Bay's 23-17 win in the regular season finale over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday at Lambeau Field:

-- The Packers scored on their opening drive of the game for the first time since Nov. 13 against the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan Longwell's 26-yard field goal capped a 14-play, 62-yard drive that gave the Packers a 3-0 lead.

-- Nick Barnett finished the season with a team-record 193 tackles. It marked the third straight season the middle linebacker has led the team in tackles, also a team record.

-- The Packers' defense held the league's No. 1 offense, Seattle, to 245 yards, its second-lowest output on the year (194 at Philadelphia, Dec. 5). One week ago, the Packers' offense totaled 365 net yards, a season-high by an opponent of Chicago, the NFL's No. 1 defense entering the weekend (the Bears are currently playing at Minnesota).

-- Brett Favre completed 21 of 37 passes against the Seahawks. He established career highs with 373 completions and 607 attempts this season, surpassing his previous career high of 363 completions set in 1994, and 595 attempts in 1999. With 383 completions and 626 attempts as a team, the Packers also set their franchise records in both categories (382 and 609 in 1994).

-- The crowd of 69,928 began chanting "One more year!" during a Packers drive in the third quarter in an attempt to encourage Favre to return in 2006. Seattle defensive end Bryce Fisher was penalized for tripping Favre at the Seahawks' 30 yard line. The Packers were awarded a first down at the 20 and Favre followed a few plays later with his 20th touchdown pass of the season to Antonio Chatman. The chants continued a few more times in the second half, and well after the game had ended as fans filed out of the stadium.

-- Favre's 59-yard pass to wide receiver Donald Driver near the end of the fourth quarter was his longest completion of the season.

-- Driver became only the fourth Packers player ever with an 85-reception season, joining Sterling Sharpe (1989, 1992-94), Robert Brooks (1995) and Javon Walker (2004). He entered the game with 80 catches and finished the season with a career-high 86 (previous high was 84 in 2004).

-- Driver also set a career best with 1,221 receiving yards, breaking his previous best of 1,208. He had 1,103 yards entering the game.

-- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila led the team in sacks for a fifth consecutive season with eight, tying Tim Harris' franchise record. Harris led the Packers in sacks each year from 1986-90.

-- The Packers entered the weekend ranked first in the NFL against the pass and eighth overall. Awaiting results of the remaining games, the Packers are bidding to extend their NFL record by leading the league in passing defense for a 10th season (also 1947-48, 1962, 1964-68 and 1996). After giving up 147 net yards this afternoon, the team finished the year allowing just 167.5 yards per contest, the franchise's second-lowest figure since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978 (157.8 in 1978).

-- The following players were not on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster: RB Samkon Gado, CB Jerron Wishom, S Atari Bigby, G/T Junius Coston, C Chris White, TE David Martin, DE Donnell Washington. QB Craig Nall was the designated third quarterback.

On offense, Antonio Chatman started at wide receiver for Robert Ferguson; Donald Lee started at tight end for David Martin. Ferguson (knee) was placed on injured reserve on Friday. Martin sustained a concussion in the team's Christmas Day game against Chicago. Tight end Tory Humphrey and cornerback Therrian Fontenot were promoted from the practice squad on Friday.

-- The following Seahawks were not on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster: Cornerbacks Andre Dyson and Marcus Trufant, LB D.D. Lewis, DE Joe Tafoya, T Walter Jones, WR Darrell Jackson, and DT Chuck Darby. QB David Greene was the designated third quarterback.

On offense, Sean Locklear started at left tackle for Walter Jones; Floyd Womack started at right tackle for Sean Locklear; Joe Jurevicius started at wide receiver for Darrell Jackson.

On defense, Rocky Bernard started at defensive tackle for Chuck Darby; Kevin Bentley started at outside linebacker for D.D. Lewis.

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