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Glory eludes Favre at RayJay

The Packers QB throws 4 INTs and falls to 0-5 in Bucs' stadium.

By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 25, 2002


The Packers QB throws 4 INTs and falls to 0-5 in Bucs' stadium.

TAMPA -- Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre has a history of shining in big games, but his recent history against Tampa Bay is not pretty.

Far from it.

The 12-year veteran was 20-of-38 for 196 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions Sunday. All four picks came in the second half. Favre has four touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his past six games against the Bucs. Green Bay is 2-4 in those games. Favre is 0-5 at Raymond James Stadium.

Both wins came at Green Bay.

"Give the interceptions to me," coach Mike Sherman said. "We got a little too aggressive, and we got away from our plans, and that's my fault. We came out in the second half and lost our patience. I fault myself for that."

The Bucs sacked Favre three times, and he faced constant pressure. On Favre's first interception, a mid-range attempt to Terry Glenn, he and Glenn apparently miscommunicated.

Favre thought Glenn was runing a post, but Glenn went deep. Glenn never turned his head for the ball and cornerback Brian Kelly intercepted the pass at the Green Bay 49 and returned it to the 18. Tampa Bay scored its first touchdown four plays later.

"The first (interception) I just misread," Favre said. "Terry wasn't wrong. He had an option and I thought he was going to do something different. You can't be thinking, you have to know."

Another Favre interception came deep in Tampa Bay territory with the Packers trailing 14-7 in the third on a short pass attempt to Glenn. Favre's throw was off, but Glenn admitted he should have made a better attempt to keep cornerback Ronde Barber from catching it.

Like many plays, the blame was equally shared.

"We had a good game plan," Favre said. "We didn't make the plays we needed to. We played hard. That wasn't the problem. We gave a great effort, so did Tampa."

The Packers, averaging 372.2 yards, were held to 267 yards, 28 which came in the second quarter when Green Bay had one first down. The defense was not awful, but had a few lapses in key moments that helped Tampa Bay find the scoreboard.

"I take my hat off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," Sherman said. "(Coach Jon Gruden) had his team ready to go. They did a great job. They defended us. We only scored seven points on offense. They certainly made us look bad."

Favre stressed one thing after the loss: The Packers do not intend to let this defeat spoil the season.

"It's hard to walk out of here happy. But there's definitely a good possibility we're going to win our division unless something drastic happens," Favre said of his 8-3 Packers in the NFC North. " ... A good football team can bounce back."

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