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Packers deny Favre on latest Lambeau return

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Reuters) - The Green Bay Packers denied former favorite Brett Favre another victory on his latest return to Lambeau Field, clinging on for a 28-24 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Despite tossing three second half interceptions, Favre appeared to throw the go-ahead 35-yard touchdown to Percy Harvin with just under a minute remaining but an official review showed the receiver did not get both feet in bounds in the endzone.

Instead, the 41-year-old's fourth down throw sailed over the head of Randy Moss to hand the Packers (4-3) victory as an emotional Favre left the Green Bay field for what is likely to be a final time to a mixture of applause and boos.

"For me it's devastating. I don't know how else to put it," Favre told reporters, having injured his ankle during the contest.

"You have the ball in your hands and feel like you let everybody down. I hope I do (play next week). We'll see. I don't heal as easily."

Making his second appearance in Green Bay since leaving the team after 16 seasons, Favre was overshadowed by former understudy Aaron Rogers, who tossed for 295 yards and two scores to help the Packers win for the first time in three games.

"It was a special night," Rogers said after beating Favre for the first time. "The crowd was electric and we needed this win. We had to have this one."

Favre, who led Minnesota (2-4) to a 38-26 win on his first return to Green Bay last November, threw for 212 yards and one score.

Rogers put the Packers 21-17 ahead in the third where he connected with Greg Jennings for a 14-yard touchdown and Green Bay linebacker Desmond Bishop stretched the lead with a 32-yard scoring return on one of Favre's interceptions.

However, Favre regained his composure to find Moss in the endzone with four minutes remaining in the third quarter to set up a frantic finale.

Favre was recently questioned by NFL officials about allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a female employee of the New York Jets when he was with the club in 2008.

Despite the distractions in the game build-up, Minnesota jumped out to a 17-14 lead at halftime. Adrian Peterson ran for 131 yards and one touchdown in the loss.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Alastair Himmer)

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