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Favre Heats Up in Desert

September 25, 2000|From Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. — It wasn't Green Bay Packers weather. Brett Favre didn't mind.

Favre finally looked like a three-time NFL most valuable player as he picked Arizona apart Sunday, passing for 277 yards and a touchdown and directing six other scoring drives as the Packers handed the Cardinals a 29-3 loss.

The Cardinals (1-2) hoped the heat would be a 12th man, but the temperature at kickoff was 87 degrees--the coolest weather of the four games played on a September afternoon in the desert. Arizona won the three previous September day games at Sun Devil Stadium.

The Packers shook out off their early slump and played like the Super Bowl teams of the '90s to win their second consecutive NFC game after losing their first two to AFC opponents.

The defense shut down Jake Plummer, who had his best game in a 32-31 victory over Dallas two weeks ago before the Cardinals' bye week. Although Plummer was only sacked once, he had four passes intercepted--the second setting up the last of Ryan Longwell's five field goals, and the last two stopping Arizona drives late in the fourth quarter.

Plummer completed 21 of 43 passes for 189 yards. The Cardinals rushed for only 28 yards.

Longwell converted kicks of 38, 47, 48, 37 and 22 yards.

Longwell set a personal high and tied the Packers' franchise record accomplished twice by Chris Jacke.

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