Favre rallies past Panthers, adversity in win

A suprise shank put the icing on another Brett Favre-engineered comeback as the Packers edged the Carolina Panthers 17-14 at Lambeau Field Sunday.<p>

Shayne Graham, signed by the Panthers two days ago, missed a 24-yard field goal with 13 seconds left that would have tied the game.

Favre celebrated the victory - as well as his 10th anniversary as the Packers' starting quarterback - by connecting with Donald Driver for a 22-yard touchdown with 4:10 left.

Favre was 18-of-32 for 200 yards with one interception. He now has 3,414 career completions, passing Joe Montana for fifth place on the all-time list.

"It was difficult," said Favre, referring to the Packers' injury-depleted lineup. "I wasn't really concerned with who was in or who was out. Mike and I actually talked about it before the game: my job doesn't change. If there is someone else out there catching passes today as opposed to last week, and next week it may be someone different, then that's the way it is. And it's been that way ever since I got here. That's a good quality to have."

Driver also reached a milestone with the first two-touchdown game of his career. Surprisingly,the TD catches weren't both from Favre. Driver's first TD came on a 31-yard pass from Bubba Franks, who received the ball on a lateral from Favre.

"I never thought it would be called," Favre said. "It's kind of like any trick play, you wait for the right opportunity and when it will be, you never know, but he had thrown it well in practice."

The play was originally flagged as an illegal forward pass, but after a review the call was reversed for a touchdown. The replay clearly showed that Favre and Franks executed their half of the play correctly. The erroneous flag drew the biggest emotional outburst yet seen out of the normally even-keeled Mike Sherman. Sherman was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for swearing at the officials.

"I didn't think the play was going to be reviewed," Sherman said. "There wasn't a sense of urgency to review the play. I knew we practiced it and made it a point of emphasis that this play was not going to be a penalty. We practiced it correctly, I stood and watched it executed correctly and the fact that there was a flag thrown on that bothered me slightly and I reacted adversely to that. I didn't want the game to continue without it being reviewed and I got upset there."

The fourth-quarter comeback had a rocky start. Getting the ball back at his own 35 with 6:29 left, Favre was sacked for a 9-yard loss on the first play. Two plays later, he was picked off by Carolina linebacker Mark Fields as he tried to find Driver deep, but cornerback Emmanuel McDaniel was called for pass interference, giving the Packers the ball at the Carolina 29.

After a 7-yard run by Najeh Davenport, Favre looked to Driver again. This time, Driver beat McDaniel and scored on a 22-yard completion.

"When the opportunity comes, I think Brett is the type of guy that's going to throw the ball," Driver said. "I just happened to have the guy in man-to-man coverage and I beat the guy across the field and Brett just gave me a bullet. I can't say it was an easy pass, because it was really hard."

The injury-riddled defense had a lot of problems Sunday and they weren't over yet. Carolina drove to the Green Bay 5 after two third-down penalties against the Packers, but the Panthers stalled there.

Peete was tackled for a 1-yard loss on third-and-4, bringing on Graham. He was 6-of-8 on field goal attempts last season with Buffalo, but he just missed on the 24-yard attempt and the ball sailed wide right.

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