"Instant Classic"

Brett Favre added not only another venue but also secured another major milestone for his impressive collection in Monday night's big win over the Chicago Bears. Favre surpassed the 40,000-yard mark with a pass to Terry Glenn in the closing minute of the first half Monday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.<P>

Favre becomes just the eighth man to accomplish the feat. He joins Dan Marino, John Elway, Warren Moon, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas – men whose company Favre is getting used to in the recordbooks. Only Marino and Moon got to 40,000 faster.

"From day one, all the success I've had, I never imagined it," Favre said. "I just wanted an opportunity to play, and I got it. To withstand the hits and play as long as I can, a lot of luck, determination and competitiveness. I love to compete."

It is fitting that the mark came after a half in which Favre was, to say the least, red hot. He came into the game needing 262 yards had three first-half touchdowns, going 14-of-19 for 287 yards without a pick. He compiled a first-half QB rating of 154.4 – a 570-yard pace.

"I don't know if you can expound on Brett Favre," Packer coach Mike Sherman said after the game. "He is who he is because of the way he plays, the way he practices. His leadership as well as his performance were a big part of our victory. His enthusiasm and emotion on the sidelines – I guess he took my place from last week."

Favre's pyrotechnics quickly turned Monday Night Football into Favre Fest as John Madden and Al Michaels gave the future Hall-of-Famer his props.

"If I ever had to pick a quarterback to make just one play when you have to have a play, I'd pick No. 4 to do it," said MNF commentator John Madden.

The first half numbers were the best of Favre's career. He finished 22-of-33 with 359 yards.

Favre's three TDs went to Donald Driver, the almost-forgotten Tyrone "TD" Davis and Bubba Franks. Glenn didn't score in the half, but was instrumental in the lead and the record. Glenn had several drive-extending catches in the first half, and connected with Favre to keep the minute-drill drive alive for a Longwell field goal as time expired. That sent the Packers to the locker room with a 24-14 lead.

By then, Favre had gained quite an audience - and not just those watching MNF. Packer linebacker Na'il Diggs said he wanted to get the offense on the field so he could watch Favre work.

"I wanted to get off the field just to watch him," Diggs said. "That's the first time I really got to watch him - he was doing some amazing things, making some great throws. The bomb was what really got me into it. The receivers were doing a great job of getting open and he was doing a great job of getting it there.

In his 11th season in Green Bay, Favre's amazing performance, complete with the 40,000-yard mark, comes just in time for his 33rd birthday Thursday.

"I feel older, but I still enjoy playing the game and play at a high enough level that they want to keep me around. As long as we keep winning, I'll stay around," Favre said.

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