- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brett Favre goes out of his way to say he cares about winning, not going after records.

He managed to do both at the same time yesterday.

Favre found Greg Jennings on a slant pattern for the record-tying 420th touchdown pass of his career. The 57-yard completion erased a four-point deficit to the San Diego Chargers with a little more than two minutes left and rallied the undefeated Packers to a 31-24 win. Favre is now tied with Dan Marino for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

“I could care less about the record,” Favre said, who was 28-for-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’s 38th career fourth-quarter comeback came one series after the Chargers’ defense stopped Favre and the Packers cold on fourth-and-goal.

However, the Chargers (1-2) gave up the record-tying touchdown minutes later, continuing their early slide under new coach Norv Turner. San Diego has lost as many regular-season games as it did all of last season.

Reigning MVP LaDainian Tomlinson swallowed hard as he stepped to the interview podium after the game, at a loss for words to describe the disappointing start.

“It’s still a long season,” said Tomlinson, who carried 22 times for 62 yards. “But I mean, right now we just — I don’t know. I’m lost.”

Suddenly facing heightened expectations in Green Bay, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he expects more from Favre in the weeks to come.

“Every time he takes the field, he’s adding another log on the fire of such a brilliant career that will continue to burn, hopefully, for a while,” McCarthy said.

Favre’s fireworks also spoiled a breakout game for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who started 15-for-15 to tie Dan Fouts’ franchise record for consecutive completions and drove the Chargers to the lead in the third quarter.

Rivers was 27-for-36 for 306 yards with three touchdowns and a late interception.

Favre and the Packers threatened with a drive with just more than five minutes left in the fourth quarter, but San Diego’s defense stopped wide receiver James Jones short on fourth-and-goal. In hindsight, McCarthy said he should have had it reviewed.

On the next possession, after an incompletion on first down, Favre zipped a pass to Jennings, who was running a slant pattern from the left side. Jennings streaked into the end zone to give the Packers the lead and give Favre yet another piece of history.

“He has many more records he has to go get, so we’re going to try to get him all those,” Jennings said.

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