Red-hot Favre

Quarterback has been on a roll, but calls accomplishments 'nothing spectacular'

Brett Favre chalked up one of his latest record-setting achievements as being "nothing spectacular."

Head coach Mike McCarthy apparently had a similar reaction when he reviewed tape Friday morning of the Packers' 37-26 win at Detroit on Thursday, in which Favre broke the team record with 20 straight completions.

"I didn't even think about it when I was watching the film," McCarthy admitted. "I was excited for Brett after the game ... because it says the type of rhythm that you're in. We talked about it in (the coaches') overview of the film. But, when I was in it, I didn't think nothing of it."

Favre's streak of marksmanship spanned the final two minutes of the first half to the opening minute of the fourth quarter. The 20 successful passes amounted to 233 yards in four possessions, which ended with a pair of Mason Crosby field goals wrapped around two touchdown throws from Favre.

"I threw it; they caught it," Favre said. "Nothing spectacular, as far as nothing like overtime against Denver (on Oct. 29, when he threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings on the first play from scrimmage). It was kind of methodically moving the ball down the field."

Favre eclipsed the Green Bay standard of 18 consecutive completions, shared by Lynn Dickey in 1983 and Don Majkowski in '89.

"To complete passes, you're giving those guys a chance to score," Favre said. "(Thursday) was about as best example as I can give you, as far as dumping it off and letting them make plays."

McCarthy, an NFL coach for 15 years who broke in working with Joe Montana with Kansas City in 1993 and '94, said Favre's brilliant display the last five games has no peer.

Starting with the overtime win over the Broncos, Favre has connected on 131 of 178 passes (73.6 completion percentage) for 1,641 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

"I don't recall coaching a quarterback that's had a run like Brett's had in all my years," McCarthy said. 'He's really in tune with the offense, as far as getting out of the different personnel groups, formations, has been very consistent of taking what the defense gives you. His decision-making has been outstanding. His ball accuracy has always been a strength of his. But, this is as good of run of a quarterback that I've been a part of."

Favre was 31-of-41 for a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday. It was his 63rd game with at least three touchdown passes, surpassing Dan Marino's league record of 62.


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