GreenBay100: September 30, 2007 - Favre sets NFL touchdown pass record

After 15 years and three games with the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre had already set the NFL record for most wins as a quarterback. 

He was on his way to breaking the record for most passing yards by a signalcaller.

And when the Packers went to Minnesota to face the Vikings, Favre already had a record-tying 420 touchdown passes on his resume - a record he equaled the week before with the game-winning touchdown to Greg Jennings to beat the San Diego Chargers. 

In the first quarter under the roof of the Metrodome, he took care of the first business at hand...breaking that record.

It started with Favre calling an audible at the line of scrimmage with the crowd at full volume. 

It included a short drop and a patented rifle throw to Greg Jennings, who ran a textbook slant pattern, caught Favre's pass in stride and shuffled into the end zone.

It ended with Favre sprinting and jumping around the Metrodome turf like a little kid, hoisting Jennings onto his shoulders in celebration after he threw his 421st touchdown pass.

The Metrodome crowd stood and applauded in unison, both Packers and Vikings fans saluting the greatest record-breaking quarterback in the game's history to that point.

"I'd like to take a minute on congratulating you on breaking the great records in sport," said the man whose record he eclipsed, Dan Marino, in a taped message. 

"If someone was going to break (the record), I'm glad it was someone like you, who has always competed at the highest level and always played only to win. Over the past 17 years, you have been a credit to the Packers, the National Football League and the sport we love so much."

But the main job wasn't over. The next 44 minutes of football were an exchange of field goals - three by former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell, three by Green Bay's Mason Crosby.

Then Favre's 422nd touchdown pass seemed to settle the issue with fewer than six minutes left - a strike to James Jones that gave Green Bay a 23-9 lead.

But the Vikings had other ideas. Kelly Holcomb lofted a bomb to Sidney Rice, who beat Jarrett Bush for a touchdown that slashed the lead in half with plenty of time left.

After a fumble on a handoff exchange between Favre and Ryan Grant, the Vikings were on their way to a tying score when Atari Bigby finally ended the drama.

He picked off Holcomb's tipped pass who, at last, took care of the Vikings for good to make the celebration of Favre's record-breaking scoring pass a celebration of Green Bay's fourth victory, 23-16.

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