Packers notebook: Favre frolics in 'awesome' snow
Brett Favre said he kept watching the weather reports before Saturday's game.
"Just give us one of those big ol' snows," Green Bay's veteran quarterback thought.
Wish definitely granted.
"Awesome," he called the snowy conditions. "I've been hoping for that for 17 years."
He said he wanted it where "you couldn't see the field, and the snow plows would come out."
Posting a 42-20 victory over Seattle and moving to the NFC Championship made it even more memorable.
"Winning sure makes it easier to enjoy," he said.
The snow never let up, covering up the yard markers until they occasionally could be shoveled.
"It wasn't scattered flurries," defensive end Cullen Jenkins said, laughing. "We got inches out there.
"It was fun. I had to take my visor off because it was getting hard to see after a while."
Linebacker Nick Barnett will be watching today's Giants-Cowboys game. Over and over.
"I'm sure everyone will TiVo it, and we'll see who wins it," he said. "We'll rewind it and watch it again, and do our homework.
"Hopefully, it will be in Lambeau. If not, we'll go to Dallas and do what we have to do."
Favre's passer ratings after each quarter Saturday were 138.4, 130.9, 139.0 and 137.6. He improved to 46-0 at home when he hits the century mark. ... Favre extended his NFL-record streak to 17 consecutive postseason games with a touchdown pass. ... He also passed John Elway as No. 2 in playoff passing yards. Elway had 4,964 and Favre now has 5,075. Joe Montana leads with 5,772. ... Favre improved to 5-2 lifteime against Seattle. ... He also is 43-5 at home in cold weather (34 degrees or colder). It was 31 at kickoff. ... Favre made his 274th straight start including playoffs.
Big play factor
Green Bay had 67 plays of 20 yards or more this season, second to Dallas' 68. It had six such plays Saturday -- four on runs of 26, 24, 43 and 28 by Ryan Grant and passes of 39 and 24 yards by Brett Favre.
Defensing the pass
Green Bay was second in the NFL allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 55.2 percent of their passes in the regular season. Pittsburgh led at 54.5.
The Packers limited Matt Hasselbeck to 19-of-33, or 57.6 percent.
Not once this season had an opponent converted 50 percent of its third-down chances. The Packers finished third overall in the stat at 33 percent -- and they were even better against the Seahawks. They were 3-of-11, or 27 percent.
Taking it away
Green Bay now has had at least one takeaway in 24 of its last 25 games. Also, it has won 30 of its last 31 games when not having a turnover. But it had two Saturday.
First time for everything
Favre had not thrown a touchdown pass all season to a running back. He finally did Saturday, finding backup ball-carrier Brandon Jackson on a 13-yard pass in the third quarter.
Second-half jump start
Green Bay produced points 10 times on opening possessions in the second half during the regular season. The trend continued Saturday, with the Packers going 66 yards on six plays before Brandon Jackson caught a pass from Brett Favre.
Coach Mike McCarthy improved to 5-of-10 on replay challenges this season. He only won his challenge Saturday by a couple inches, but it was enough to produce a first down on a drive that led to a second-quarter touchdown by Ryan Grant.
"I probably would have punted," McCarthy said if the first down wasn't picked up.
Craig Nall was Green Bay's third QB. Out were CB Will Blackmon, LB Desmond Bishop, WR Shaun Bodiford, T Orrin Thompson, TE Ryan Krause and DTs Conrad Bolston and Daniel Muir.
Not active for Seattle were Charlie Frye (third QB), WR Logan Payne, FB David Kirtman, TE Ben Joppru, DE Jason Babin, G Mansfield Wrotto, T Ray Willis and WR Courtney Taylor.
The two teams tied an NFL record by combining for 28 first-quarter points in a playoff game. Oakland and Houston had done so in 1969. ... Green Bay also tied a franchise playoff record with 28 first-half points while setting marks for touchdowns (six) and first downs (25) in a playoff game. They scored 28 against St. Louis on Jan. 8, 1983. ... The crowd was a Lambeau Field record of 72,168. ... NFC teams on a bye had won 80 percent of their playoff games going into weekend action. ... Roughly 10,000 people attended a three-hour pep rally Friday night at Lambeau Field. Former Packer lineman Jerry Kramer urged the fans to bring the noise level to a new level for the game. ... Some 300 people spend 90 minutes shoveling snow off Lambeau seats on Friday. ... Green Bay set a regular-season attendance record this year with 566,443 fans. They also set a franchise mark for playing in front of a total of 1,120,775 fans.
Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or email@example.com.