MINNEAPOLIS - The record is his, for now, and Brett Favre can return his focus on two other numbers: 4-0.
To hear him tell it over and over, this is all he has ever worried about: helping Green Bay win.
Favre became the NFL’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes with a couple of vintage third-down zingers Sunday, and the Packers stayed unbeaten with a 23-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
“To win, and get this behind us, is a great feeling,” said Favre, who threw No. 421 in the first quarter to Greg Jennings and No. 422 in the fourth quarter to rookie James Jones.
He also went interception-free against a defense determined to make him the league’s all-time leader in that category. Favre remained three picked-off passes away from topping George Blanda on the career list.
Former teammate Darren Sharper had one in the first quarter that was wiped out by a penalty. He congratulated Favre after the game that left the frustrated Vikings 1-3. The Packers joined the Dallas Cowboys as the NFC’s only undefeated teams.
Favre was the obvious difference in the decision over pass-deficient Minnesota.
“He’s making all the proper decisions. You don’t see him making some of the decisions he made in the past,” Sharper said. “They’re putting a lot on him, throwing the ball a lot, and he’s not making too many bad throws. He’s playing at the MVP level that he has played at before.”
Kelly Holcomb is, well, not quite in Favre’s class.
He threw a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:55 left to pull the Vikings within seven, and a nearly disastrous fumble gave Minnesota a chance to tie it.
“They can’t blatantly hold you,” Holcomb said.
Minnesota also argued at another crucial point that Korey Hall fumbled when Antoine Winfield hit him hard out of the backfield. Greeenway picked up the ball and would’ve scored an easy touchdown, but the incomplete pass ruling was not allowed to be challenged by coach Brad Childress.
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“I’m not in the business of being a referee, but it seemed like he caught and turned,” Greenway said.
Ultimately, the Vikings had bigger concerns. Holcomb went 21-for-39 for 258 yards, but those numbers were boosted by the late rally.
Adrian Peterson rushed 12 times for 112 yards and had a 51-yard kickoff return in the second half, and Chester Taylor ripped off a 37-yard run, too. All they had to show for all that in the first 58 minutes was Ryan Longwell’s three field goals.
“I’d be lying to say we’re not disappointed,” Peterson said.
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