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Favre Retains the Upper Hand

October 14, 2002|From Associated Press

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England fans booed every time former Patriot Terry Glenn touched the ball. Then they turned on their own players.

The Super Bowl champions heard plenty of jeers Sunday as Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 28-10 victory and hand the Patriots their third consecutive loss.

Glenn, who had three catches for 19 yards, said his teammates reminded him that although the fans were booing him, they were booing the Patriots too.

Tom Brady, in his second season as a starter, was intercepted three times, sacked twice and threw a touchdown pass after the Packers led, 28-3.

"It's embarrassing. It's frustrating and disappointing. It's something I haven't felt in a long time," said Brady, last season's Super Bowl most valuable player.

Favre's experience came through as he threw his 301st touchdown pass, moving past John Elway on the all-time NFL list. Favre trails only Dan Marino's 420 and Fran Tarkenton's 342.

"It means I'm playing and producing, and we're winning. That's about it," said Favre, who made his 163rd consecutive start -- an NFL record for quarterbacks. "What matters is winning."

The Packers (5-1) won for the fourth consecutive time as Ahman Green scored his first two touchdowns of the season and ran for 136 yards. Despite playing without starting defensive ends Joe Johnson and Vonnie Holiday and four sidelined defensive backs, the Packers had no trouble stopping the Patriots (3-3).

"We were able to get a great four-man rush with our guys and disrupt [Brady's] rhythm," Packer Coach Mike Sherman said. "We've handled adversity the entire season. We've been losing players left and right."

Even the return of top receiver Troy Brown, who sat out the Patriots' last two games because of a knee injury, wasn't enough.

"We let them walk in here and beat us in our own house," New England defensive tackle Steve Martin said. "We probably made every mistake you could make."

The Patriots turned over the ball four times, lost three of four replay reviews and committed critical penalties that led to two touchdowns.

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