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Favre fires Packers to tenth win
The Packers now have a 10-1 record, while the Cowboys and Colts also win big.
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2007 06:32 GMT

Running back Ryan Grant, left, ran for 101 yards and one touchdown against Detroit [GALLO/GETTY]

Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers quarterback, threw three touchdown passes to lift his side to a 37-26 win over the Detroit Lions in the early match on Thanksgiving Day.
The Packers improved to a 10-1 win/loss record and moved a step closer to clinching the National Football Conference North division crown while the Lions slipped to 6-5 following their third consecutive defeat.
The Dallas Cowboys also improved to 10-1 with a 34-3 thrashing of the New York Jets in Irving, Texas, while the Indianapolis Colts are now 9-2 after a 31-13 thumping of the Falcons in Atlanta.
 
In Detroit, Favre tossed three touchdown passes in a game for the 63rd time, surpassing the record set by ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.
 
Favre, a three-time MVP, completed 31-of-41 attempts, including a personal best and franchise record 20 consecutive completions, for 381 yards.
 

"It's coming down to execution, and today I thought we executed extremely well."

Brett Favre,
Green Bay quarterback

"I wasn't with him in his MVP years, but it's impressive the way he's playing right now," Mike McCarthy, Green Bay coach, told Packers.com.
 
It marked the seventh time this season the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game.
 
After a disjointed start, the Packers' potent attack went into top gear to score 30 points or more for the fourth straight game and extend their unbeaten streak to six games.
 
"If you're completing passes, you're giving those guys a chance to score, and today was about the best example I can give you as far as dumping it off and letting them make plays," Favre said.
 
"One week it's down-the-field throws, the other week it's short, efficient passes. Teams aren't really doing anything crazy to us defensively.
 
"It's coming down to execution, and today I thought we executed extremely well."
 
Slow start for Packers
 
After earning just 17 yards in total offense in the opening quarter and falling behind 6-0, the Packers came to life in the second by scoring 17 points.
 
Aaron Rouse, Packers safety, sparked the rally when he intercepted a Jon Kitna pass and returned the ball to the Lions 11, where Favre threaded a touchdown strike to Greg Jennings.
 
Favre then orchestrated an 80-yard drive for another score, with Ryan Grant powering over from the five and the teams traded field goals to make it 17-9 to Green Bay at the half.
 
The visitors extended their lead to 34-12 but the Lions brought their 63,000 crowd to life with fourth-quarter touchdowns from Calvin Johnson and Kevin Jones to make the score a little more respectable.
 
Cowboys and Colts do it easy
 
Later in Texas, Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to lead the Cowboys to a 34-3 pounding of the Jets.
 
Dallas is 10-1 for the first time in its 48-year franchise history, as Marion Barber rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown against woeful New York, who slipped to 2-9.
 
Finally in Atlanta, Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Colts to a 31-13 win over the Falcons.
 
Atlanta, who are now 3-8, led 10-0 after the first quarter but the Colts scored 21 second quarter points to take control and run away with the match.
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