Packers-Lions game notes

Sack total is Green Bay's highest of season; injury update; Favre sets completions record

In Green Bay's six sacks in its 17-9 victory over the Detroit Lions were its most in a game since the Packers tied their team record with nine on Jan. 1, 2005, at Chicago in the 2004 season finale.

-- Brett Favre became the NFL's all-time leader in pass completions with a 21-yard pass to wide receiver Carlyle Holiday in the second quarter. Favre surpassed Dan Marino, the previous record holder, who had 4,967 completions during his career (1983-99). Favre now has 4,974 and said afterward that he didn't know he was close to topping Marrino's record.

"I'm more pleased that we won," said Favre. "(Referee) Ed Hochuli congratulated me out there, and I told him, ‘I have no idea what you're congratulating me for, but thank you.' So I did know, because of him. I'm more concerned about the three that I completed to their team and the fact that we won. That's what I'm most concerned about. I'm thankful that I've had a chance to play this long, and (to) have an opportunity to break a record that's been held by a guy like Dan Marino is quite an honor, but I'm more pleased that we won the game."

-- Favre improved to 16-0, including a 1994 playoff win, at home against the Detroit Lions. The last time Green Bay lost to the Lions in Wisconsin was on Dec. 15, 1991.

-- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila did not start for the first time since Oct. 31, 2004, at Washington, where Cullen Jenkins also started at right defensive end. In an effort to keep Gbaja-Biamila fresher and improve their pass rush and run defense, the Packers began last week playing Jenkins more on early downs.

Gbaja-Biamila's 37-game starting streak, fourth-longest on the team, came to an end on Sunday. The longest active regular season games-started streaks, Packers uniform, including Sunday's game are: Brett Favre (235), Al Harris (62), and Aaron Kampman (56).

-- Jenkins finished with a career-high three sacks and became the third Green Bay player to record three sacks in a game this year. Aaron Kampman and Corey Williams also have had three-sack games. Jenkins also recovered a fumble in the first half, his second fumble recovery of the season.

-- Running back Ahman Green became the second player in team history to surpass 8,000 rushing yards. Green finished with 79 yards on 22 attempts and surpassed the 8,000-yard mark in the third quarter against the Lions. Green ended the day with 8,049 rushing yards in a Packers uniform, 158 shy of Jim Taylor's franchise record 8,207 career rushing yards.

-- Cornerback Charles Woodson picked off a Jon Kitna pass in the third quarter Sunday, giving him a career-high six interceptions this season. Woodson had five interceptions as a rookie with Oakland in 1998.

-- Defensive end Michael Montgomery was placed on injured reserve Saturday. Montgomery, a backup who appeared in 11 games with 1.5 sacks, suffered a torn medial-collateral ligament in his right knee during practice Dec. 6.

-- Wide receiver Chris Francies was promoted from the practice squad to replace Montgomery on the active roster. Francies, an undrafted rookie, was activated Sunday as the team's fourth receiver but didn't get in the game.

Injury update
-- Tackle Chad Clifton left the game in the second quarter with a "stinger" but returned to play in the second half and finish the game.

-- Wide receiver Donald Driver aggravated a shoulder injury in the second quarter, but returned to finish the game.

-- Cornerback Charles Woodson aggravated a shoulder injury in the first quarter, but returned to the game on the next series.

-- Safety Nick Collins injured his shoulder during the game, but returned.

-- Tight end David Martin aggravated a rib injury in the first half and did not return.

-- Running back Ahman Green injured his ankle, but finished the game.

-- Tackle Mark Tauscher was sidelined for the fifth straight game because of a severe groin injury sustained Nov. 12 at Minnesota. Tauscher, though, returned to practice Dec. 14 and is aiming to play Thursday night against the Vikings.

Did not suit up
The following Packers players were inactive for Sunday's game:
7 Ingle Martin (third QB)
20 S Atari Bigby
28 RB P.J. Pope
49 TE Zac Alcorn
55 LB Abdul Hodge
64 G Tony Palmer
65 T Mark Tauscher
82 WR Ruvell Martin

Starting lineup changes:
-- DT/DE Cullen Jenkins (77) started at RDE for Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (94).
-- T Tony Moll (75) started at RT for Mark Tauscher (65).

The following Lions players were inactive for Sunday's game:
6 Dan Orlovsky (third QB)
25 CB Fernando Bryant
28 RB Anthony Sherrell
54 LB Teddy Lehman
60 C Dave Pearson
73 G Ross Verba
81 TE Marcus Pollard
94 DT Marcus Bell

Starting lineup changes:
-- DT Anthony Bryant (71) started at NT for Marcus Bell (94).
-- CB Stanley Wilson (31) started at LCB for Fernando Bryant (25).

Extra points
-- Donald Driver now has a reception in 78 consecutive games, extending the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).

-- Weather at kickoff: partly cloudy, 40 degrees.

-- Paid attendance was 70,472.


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