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PRO FOOTBALL : Favre Sharp as Packers Win Battle of the Bays : NFC: Quarterback passes for three touchdowns in 30-3 victory over Buccaneers.

September 26, 1994|From Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Not all the ex-Packers had a good time at Green Bay's annual homecoming game.

Brett Favre was 30 of 39 for 306 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Jacke kicked three field goals as Green Bay routed Tampa Bay, 30-3, Sunday, spoiling the return of ex-Packers Jackie Harris, Vince Workman and Charles Wilson.

Sixty former Green Bay players, including four Hall of Famers and six who played on the 1944 championship team, were at Lambeau Field for the reunion.

They got to see the Packers, who had scored 37 points all season, finally find their offensive touch.

"That was better," Green Bay Coach Mike Holmgren said. "It was important for our offense to get going. It was a hard week because we have such high expectations."

Jacke's second field goal, a 20-yarder with 16 seconds left in the half, was his 121st, which breaks the team record. Chester Marcol, who was at the game, kicked 120 field goals in eight seasons.

Jacke's third field goal, a 23-yarder, with 6:58 left in the third quarter, made the score 16-0.

After Michael Husted's 24-yard field goal made it 16-3 later in the quarter, Favre threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Ed West and three yards to Sterling Sharpe to finish the scoring.

"That's maybe the best I've felt since I've been here," Favre said.

Harris, who signed with Tampa Bay this summer after Green Bay declined to match a four-year, $7.63 million contract offer, caught only two passes for 48 yards and none until the third quarter.

Favre's touchdown pass to Harris' replacement, West, a 33-year-old tight end, gave Green Bay (2-2) a 23-3 lead with three seconds left in the third quarter.

"I audibled with five seconds left on the play clock and everybody ran something different," Favre said. "It was a great wrong route by Eddie."

Reggie Cobb, who left Tampa Bay for a two-year, $2.2-million deal but hasn't been the answer to the Packers' anemic ground attack, rushed 12 times for 46 yards.

Rookie Trent Dilfer, the sixth pick in the 1994 NFL draft, replaced Buccaneer starter Craig Erickson to start the fourth quarter after the veteran went seven of 20 for 123 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.

Dilfer quickly guided Tampa Bay (1-3) 62 yards to the Green Bay one, but was stopped on third-and-goal and sacked by Bryce Paup on fourth down. Dilfer finished five of 10 for 73 yards.

"Not knocking Erickson, but you've got to get this guy in and see what he can do," said Buccaneer Coach Sam Wyche.

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