Green Bay 28, New England 10

FOXBORO, Mass., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Brett Favre became the fourth player in NFL history to throw for 300 career touchdowns and Ahman Green rushed for 136 yards and scored twice Sunday to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 28-10 win over the New England Patriots.

"It hasn't sunken in yet, but this is a big win for us because we played a very good football team -- the world champs," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "They are a good football team, but it just wasn't their day today. It was very satisfying to come in and beat them."


The win was the fourth in a row for the Packers (5-1), who have a 2 1/2 game lead over Chicago in the NFC North.

The loss was the third in a row for the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (3-3), who have scored a total of 37 points in the losses after compiling 115 points in their first three games.

Brady, who became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl last season at age 24, was intercepted three times and lost for only the second time in 11 home games.


"There are a lot of things to correct," Brady said. "It's not like you can point to one area, you got to point to a bunch of areas. There are a lot of things we need to correct if we want to turn this ship around.

"It goes from urgency to panic reak quick believe me. At 3-3 we better figure out how to turn it around real quick."

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

"They made crucial mistakes in crucial situations and we capitalized," Favre said. "We didn't make many mistakes and regardless of who you are playing, that's the key. We made the most of their mistakes."

After throwing for 359 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's win at Chicago, Favre passed for three scores again and surpassed John Elway for third place on the all-time list with 301. Dan Marino is the leader with 420 touchdown passes and Fran Tarkenton is second with 342.

"(The milestones) mean I'm playing and producing, and we're winning. That's about it," said Favre, who passed Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas and moved into seventh on the all-time passing yardage list with 40,244.


Favre hit fullback Wiliam Henderson with a three-yard scoring pass and connected with Green on an eight-yard touchdown in a 43-second span of the second quarter to stake the Packers to a 14-3 halftime lead.

Favre capped a 94-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bubba Franks, increasing the advantage to 21-3 with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter.

Green, who carried the ball 31 times, scored on a one-yard run 2:51 into the fourth quarter. The Packers improved to 13-0 when Green has rushed for more than 100 yards.

"Right now it's a coincidence," Green said. "My philosophy is you go out there and run the plays that are called, don't worry about making big plays because the big plays will happen."

Green also became the fourth player in as many weeks to rush for more than 100 yards against New England, following Priest Holmes (180), LaDainian Tomlinson (217) and Ricky Williams (105).

The sellout crowd of 68,436 booed every time former Patriot receiver Terry Glenn touched the ball and he had only three catches for 19 yards.

The Patriots shipped the disgruntled Glenn, who was suspended on three separate occasions last season and kicked off the team by coach Bill Belichick in the playoffs, to Green Bay in the offseason for draft picks.


"I'm very happy to have this game behind me," Glenn said. "If it was later in the season I don't know what I would have done. I'm just glad that it's over with. I'm glad that we got the victory in here on the road."

"Whatever happened here (in New England) is in the past and he (Glenn) knows that. We are tickled to death to have him on our team," said Favre, who was 17 of 27 for 147 yards.

Brady completed 24 of 44 for 183 yards, including a four-yard scoring pass to David Givens with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter. After throwing for 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the first 14 quarters, Brady has three touchdowns and seven interceptions in the last 10 quarters.

"I am very disappointed," said Patriots receiver Troy Brown, who returned after missing two games and had five catches for 37 yards. "We didn't play well at all in every phase of the game. They just put us in a bad situation and they were able to capitalize on mistakes. That is what good football teams do. Right now we are not one of them."

With a banged up secondary which did not include cornerback Mike McKenzie and safety Darren Sharper, the Packers dropped as many as seven into coverage to combat New England's passing game.


"We were able to get a good four-man pass rush with our guys and disrupt his (Brady's) rhythm," Sherman said. "We've handled adversity the whole season. We've been losing players left and right."

Rookie safety Marques Anderson, Matt Bowen and Bryant Westbrook each had interceptions and defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila recovered a fumble for the Packers.

Westbrook, who was cut by Dallas two weeks ago and signed by Green Bay this past week, intercepted a deep pass down the right sideline at the Green Bay to end a scoring threat for New England in the first quarter.

But the Patriots struck first when Adam Vinatieri kicked a 32-yard field goal 5:24 into the second quarter to cap a 10-play, 50-yard drive.

The Packers responded with a 12-play, 76-yard drive which resulted in a three-yard touchdown catch by Henderson. The drive appeared to end in a 44-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell, but a five-yard illegal hands to the face penalty on the field goal attempt gave the Packers a first down at the New England 21.

On the touchdown, Favre rolled to his right, stopped and tossed a pass in the middle of the end zone to Henderson with 3:46 left in the half.


After the ensuing kickoff, Brady flipped a pass backward to running back Kevin Faulk and Gbaja-Biamila recovered for the Packers at the New England eight. Belichick called for a replay, thinking that the pass was not a lateral, but the replay upheld the officials' call.

"It was a bonehead play by me," said Faulk, who dropped the pass and then didn't go after the loose ball.

On the next play, Favre hit a wide-open Green on the right side for an eight-yard score with 3:03 remaining.

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