Vikings quarterback Brett Favre celebrates a touchdown last night against Green Bay. Favre completed 24 of 31 passes for 271 yards.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Brett Favre proved to the Green Bay Packers he has plenty of fire left inside, and in his right arm.
Favre's first game against his former team was all fun for the Minnesota Vikings and all frustration for the Packers, as the graying quarterback connected on 24 of 31 passes for three touchdowns and 271 yards in a 30-23 victory last night.
The Vikings (4-0) sacked Favre's replacement, Aaron Rodgers, eight times. Jared Allen was credited with 4 1/2 of them, a career high, including a safety in the fourth quarter that stretched the lead to 16. Rodgers had his first two turnovers of the season, and Favre turned both of them into vintage touchdown passes in the first half.
Favre had plenty of time to throw throughout the game. Rodgers had the exact opposite experience. He finished 26 for 37 for a career-high 384 yards, many of them in desperation down the stretch, and two touchdown passes.
The Vikings were relentless in their rush, particularly Allen on left tackle Darryn Colledge, who left in the third quarter with a right knee injury. Colledge moved from left guard two weeks ago when Chad Clifton got hurt.
In the third quarter, Green Bay was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
The Packers (2-2) stuffed Adrian Peterson with their new 3-4 defense, holding him to 55 yards on 25 attempts.