Leading 17-14 early in the third quarter, the Packers were facing a third-and-10 play from their 32-yard line. Favre lined up in the shotgun, where he was in most third-down situations. With nobody open, Favre rolled to his right to buy himself and his receivers time. At the last second, he feathered a pass along the sideline to Green for a 13-yard gain. Kalimba Edwards was flagged for roughing the passer — an absolutely horrible call — to give the Packers an extra 15 yards and move the ball to Detroit's 40.
Two plays later, on third-and-7, Favre made perhaps his best throw in a dynamic performance. He bobbled the shotgun snap, then drifted right on a designed rollout — one way the Packers have kept him safe the past two weeks. Favre pumped twice and showed uncanny patience before whistling a pass to Koren Robinson for a 24-yard gain to Detroit's 13.
The throw was brilliant, and Robinson deserves credit for getting open. He lined up in the right slot and ran a slant over the middle. When he didn't get the ball, he doubled back to the left and worked downfield to get himself open.
Favre celebrated the completion as if he had just thrown a touchdown pass in a playoff game.
Green's most explosive run of the game moved the ball to Detroit's 5. Rookie Daryn Colledge dominated linebacker Donte Curry, center Scott Wells position blocked defensive tackle Shaun Cody and Mark Tauscher's cut block leveled Shaun Rogers to open the hole.
On the next play, Favre again rolled right, pump faked, waited, and hit Donald Driver for the touchdown. Driver started the play on the far left of the formation, worked against a double team, then settled into a void to lose his two defenders. Favre had only a small window, but his pass to Driver was perfect.
The touchdown gave the Packers a 24-14 lead. The 10-point edge was huge, considering Detroit answered the touchdown with one of its own, but the Packers never lost the lead.
The drive summed up Favre's fantastic performance:
— Favre was uncommonly patient. The drive started with a 9-yard completion to Green in which Favre decided against forcing the ball downfield in favor of settling on a checkdown receiver. Most of Green's eight catches came on checkdowns.
— Favre converted both third downs; the Packers went 7 of 15 on third downs for the game.
— Favre completed 4 of 6 passes on the drive; he went 25 of 36 for the game. — Favre completed passes to three receivers on the drive; he hit 10 targets for the game.
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