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Packers Hold On For Victory


Green Bay, Wis. (WHBL-Learfield) - Brett Favre threw three second-half interceptions last night. And the Green Bay Packers held off a furious game-ending charge by Minnesota to beat the Vikings 28-to-24 at Lambeau Field. The Vikings blew a chance to beat their Wisconsin rivals in four straight games for the first time since 1993. And it moved the Packers back into a first-place tie with Chicago atop the N-F-C North Division at 4-and-3, with Minnesota a game-and-a-half back at 2-and-4. Green Bay trailed by three at the half. They scored the deciding touchdown midway through the third quarter when Desmond Bishop intercepted a Favre pass and returned it 32 yards. Aaron Rodgers threw for 295 yards, two interceptions, and two touchdowns – although replays showed that his first score to Andrew Quarless should have been incomplete, since he didn’t have full control of the ball as he was pushed out of bounds. Minnesota never challenged it. Replay was a friend to the Packers, as it wiped out three Viking touchdowns – including what could have been the game-winner on a 35-yard pass to Percy Harvin in the final minute. A booth replay confirmed that Harvin had one foot out of bounds, and the original call was reversed. Favre set an N-F-L record for starts in one stadium with his 119th at Lambeau. He threw for 212 yards and a touchdown to Randy Moss. The Packers face the Jets at New York next Sunday.

Favre hurt a knee and his surgically-repaired left ankle on a hit by Brad Jones during his first interception. The Packers were down to just three defensive linemen after Cullen Jenkins pulled a calf muscle during the warm-ups, and Ryan Pickett re-aggravated a left ankle injury on their second defensive series. Linebackers Frank Zombo and Clay Matthews played on the line late, as the Packers dropped eight men into coverage. For much of the game, B-J Raji, Darius Wynn, and rookie C-J Wilson gutted it out with no back-ups. Wynn had the game’s only sack.

Brandon Jackson had 13 carries for 58 yards and a score. James Jones caught four passes for 107 yards, and Greg Jennings caught a scoring pass along with Quarless. Donald Driver, slowed by a quadriceps injury, ended a string of 139 games with at least one catch. Adrian Peterson ran for 131 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, and he caught two passes for another 41 yards. Vikings’ coach Brad Childress was upset about Favre’s three picks – but he was equally angry about the first touchdown removed by replay, a 17-yard catch by Visanthe Shiancoe. Childress said Shiancoe controlled the ball as he hit the ground, but the officials said he didn’t.