Game notes

Ryan Longwell's 34-yard game-winning field goal didn't go off without a hitch.<p> Holder Doug Pederson had to handle a high snap and get the ball down quickly, but Longwell nailed the kick through.<p>

"Doug made a great hold," said Longwell. "I just put it through the middle. It was pretty short, and I was confident I knew what the winds were doing at that point." Longwell also hit a 28-yarder in the first quarter despite a low snap, as well as a 42-yarder a the end of the first half. His only miss on the day was a 42-yard attempt in the second quarter.

With gusty winds circling the field, Longwell said he initially had some trouble figuring out the proper aim.

"I guess (on the miss) that it started out a little too far left and didn't come back," he said. "The one before halftime was the same distance from the other hash, and I really hit a good ball. It stayed true, right where I was aiming. After I hit that one through, I knew we were fine."

Marshall law: Linebacker Torrance Marshall made his presence felt on special teams in a big way.

The second-year pro came up with three big tackles on coverage units, making life difficult for Atlanta return man Allen Rossum.

Overall, the special teams coverage units enjoyed a solid afternoon, holding Rossum in check for much of the game.

"We still want to get better," Marshall said. "There's always room for improvement regardless for how the game went. We'll (return to practice), see some of the mistakes we made and just go out and try and correct them.

"The other 10 guys that were on the units were doing their jobs, and I was just fortunate enough to make the tackles."

Hot, hot, hot: Sunday's game-time temperature was 83 degrees, the warmest home-opener in team history.

The previous record was 81 degrees, set in 1998 when the Packers beat the Detroit Lions 38-19.

The only other time the Packers had to play in 80-plus degree heat in a home-opener was in 1968 when they dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles 30-13 on an 80-degree afternoon.

Extra points: The last overtime game for the Packers came on Dec. 24, 2000 when Green Bay edged Tampa Bay 17-14 at Lambeau Field.

The last overtime home-opener for the Packers was a 23-20 loss to Minnesota on Sept. 6, 1992.

• Longwell became the fourth player in team history to tally 600 career points following an extra point in the second quarter.

Ahead of Longwell, who has amassed 609 career points heading into the upcoming game at New Orleans, are Don Hutson (823), Chris Jacke (820) and Paul Hornung (760).

• Sunday was a day of firsts for a handful of Packers.

Mealey enjoyed his first touchdown of his career following a two-yard plunge early in the third quarter, Edwards recorded his first career sack when he brought down Michael Vick in the third, Walker posted his first reception, a 16-yard catch late in the first half, and rush, an 11-yard gain on a reverse playing the first quarter and rookie fullback Najeh Davenport had his first career carry, a five-yard run in overtime.

• Favre, making his NFL-record 158th consecutive start, improved to 67-12 at Lambeau Field, tying the league mark for wins by a quarterback at home.

Pittsburgh great Terry Bradshaw compiled that same record while leading the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in the 1970s.

Favre has also played in 160 straight games, fourth best in team annals. Forrest Gregg (187), Willie Wood (166) and Larry McCarren (162) are still ahead.

• Sunday's attendance was 63,127, a new Lambeau Field record. The old mark was 62,668, which was set against Cleveland Aug. 26.

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