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Favre Falters as Packers Fall Again at Silverdome

October 09, 2000|From Associated Press

PONTIAC, Mich. — Brett Favre did exactly what his coach didn't want him to do.

The Green Bay quarterback tried to win a game by himself, but his once-successful style backfired Sunday.

The Detroit Lions beat the Packers, 31-24, thanks in part to Favre's three interceptions and two fumbles. Favre is 2-7 with 20 interceptions in the regular season at the Silverdome.

"I feel like I should win every football game," Favre said. "I feel like this team should win every football game."

Detroit (4-2), which lost its previous two NFC Central games at home, must have been happy to see Green Bay (2-4) come to town. The Packers' lone regular-season victory in Detroit in the past eight seasons was by their Super Bowl championship team in 1996.

"It's the same old story," said Favre, who completed 27 of 43 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. "But they played well. No excuses."

Charlie Batch, who completed 13 of 26 passes for 199 yards, had three touchdown passes and one interception. James Stewart ran for 56 yards and caught five passes for 67 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown reception. Johnnie Morton had three receptions for 73 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown.

Green Bay's Ahman Green, playing for the injured Dorsey Levens, rushed for 69 yards and caught eight passes for 76 yards. Antonio Freeman had six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.

"It's very frustrating when you have a game as close as we had it and play as bad as we did," Green Bay Coach Mike Sherman said. "You can't dig yourselves a hole like we did in Detroit or anywhere. It has nothing to do with this stadium."

The Packers turned a potential blowout into an interesting game, which Batch expected.

"You never feel like you have Green Bay put away, not when Brett is on the other sideline," Batch said.

Detroit's Kurt Schulz made his NFL-leading sixth interception with 1:37 left to end Green Bay's comeback hopes.

Detroit led, 31-9, late in the third quarter after Batch connected with Herman Moore on a 30-yard pass play for Moore's first touchdown of the season.

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