Favre hits magical 420

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Brett Favre had it all figured out.

During the NFL's college draft weekend in April, the future Hall of Famer had all but brokered a deal that would have seen Randy Moss call the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field his new frosty football home. All the Green Bay Packers had to do was say yes.

Much to Favre's chagrin, management shocked their franchise quarterback by turning down the idea, opening the door for Moss to come to New England.

In the following weeks, rumours of Favre's alleged bitterness with the Packers hierarchy became rampant. There was even talk that the aging gunslinger wanted to be dealt to another team, a concept that was considered blasphemous by his legions of loyal Cheeseheads.

Now, just three weeks into the NFL's regular season, it's amazing how things have worked out for both players.

While Moss and Tom Brady have become the league's new dynamic duo, the supposedly disgruntled, washed-up Favre has authored one of the top stories of the early season.

Surrounded by one of the league's youngest supporting casts and working with virtually no running game, Favre tied Dan Marino's record for touchdown passes by tossing No. 420 in a 31-24 upset of the San Diego Chargers in Green Bay.

Never shy to hog the spotlight, Favre's milestone pass came on a slant pattern to Greg Jennings, who romped 57 yards for the winning score with about two minutes remaining.

Dating back to last season, the Packers now have won seven consecutive games, temporarily clamming up all the critics who have accused Favre of sticking around for the sole purpose of breaking records.

"I could care less about the record," said Favre, who was 28-of-35 for 369 yards and three touchdowns.

"Everybody's congratulating me, but I told them it doesn't mean anything if we don't win the game."

Favre can pass Marino next week against the Minnesota Vikings under the teflon roof of the Metrodome, a venue where he has suffered through some of the worst performances of his illustrious career.

In the days leading up to kickoff, expect the Favre hype to reach nauseating proportions as it often does when No. 4 is involved.

Given the scope of this pending accomplishment, however, he certainly has earned the upcoming publicity.

Randy who?

SWEET REVENGE

Former Phillies reliever Tug McGraw once claimed the fans in Philadelphia were so tough, they would go to the airport after a Phillies win to boo successful landings.

Donovan McNabb knows the feeling.

After his Eagles stumbled to an 0-2 start, the riled up locals in the City of Brotherly Hate were ready to run the veteran quarterback out of town. McNabb was still hurt, they claimed, adding that the Eagles had no productive receivers for him to throw to.

Yesterday McNabb had the last laugh, throwing for 381 yards and four scores in a 56-21 laugher over the Detroit Lions. Receiver Kevin Curtis led the way with 11 catches for 221 yards and three TDs.

Will people ever learn to stop doubting McNabb?

"That wasn't part of my mindset," he said. "With everything that happened, we still have to play football."

Yesterday, no one did it better than Philly's beleaguered No. 5


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