What a Warrior

Last time Brett Favre left Lambeau Field, it was on a cart. This time, he walked off wearing an ear-to-ear grin, pumping his fist and adding another amazing chapter to his Green Bay Packer legend.<P>

Wearing a protective knee brace on his sprained left knee, Favre came out throwing to emphasize that his 165th consecutive start had nothing to do with numbers and everything to do with heart.

"This is what it's all about," Favre said after the game. "Monday Night Football, at home, we've got the best record in the league and we have a chance to build on that."

Favre was 16-of-25 for 187 yards with one touchdown pass as the Packers shellacked the Dolphins 24-10 for their sixth win in a row. When he was replaced by backup Doug Pederson in the middle of a series in the fourth quarter, the crowd serenaded him with chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!''

"It's not too bad,'' Favre said of his knee. "It's a little stiff. I survived. The brace hindered me a little bit. I knew it would, but overall it served its purpose.''

Packers coach Mike Sherman said Favre came out of the game fine.

"He was limping right before the half. When you play with a brace, you cramp up a little,'' Sherman said. "He made the throws he had to make. And I thought he played a heck of a ballgame.''

Favre threw early and often, then shook off an interception in the end zone on the first drive. He came back with a touchdown toss on a beautifully drawn and executed screen pass to William Henderson. The game ended in storybook fashion when Sherman put Favre in for the first play of a fourth quarter series, then replaced him with Doug Pederson giving the crowd a chance to react to Favre's exit. The crowd responded as expected, with a huge roar of appreciation. They reacted to just about every move Favre made, including a collective gasp in the second quarter when former Packers special teams star Scott McGarrahan sacked Favre for an 11-yard loss. McGarrahan grabbed Favre by the ankles and twisted him down.

But Favre popped right up and jogged off the field as the punting team came on.

"That didn't bother me, Favre said. "It may have looked like it did, but it didn't."

Favre also was sacked on another safety blitz, by Arturo Freeman.

"It didn't bother me. It's OK when the little guys hit you,'' said Favre, who was hurt two weeks ago when Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington sacked him.

Favre hinted that the play probably scared Sherman most of all.

"I'm sure it gave him a heart attack but it won't be the last," Favre said. "I'm sure I've given him plenty.

"I promised him that I'd throw it away, but my natural instincts are hard to overcome," Favre said. "Even hurt or slow, I feel like I can avoid it."

Favre improved to 32-0 at home when the temperature at kickoff is 34 or below. It was 30 on Monday night, more than 50 degrees colder than in Miami.

"Nothing surprises me with him,'' Green Bay running back Ahman Green said.

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