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Packs puts it all together in overwhelming way

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005


GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre and his patchwork Packers made up for a month's worth of misery.

Favre threw three touchdowns in leading a rout, overcoming four missing starters on offense, and running back Najeh Davenport's season-ending injury in the second quarter.

After going three and out and giving up a field goal, Green Bay scored 52 unanswered points.

"When you have a lot of pent-up frustration, you can kind of explode like that," kicker Ryan Longwell said.

Davenport scored twice before breaking his right ankle and cornerback Al Harris intercepted two passes, broke up three more and had a sack. Davenport started in place of inactive Ahman Green, who sat out with a thigh injury. The Packers scored 31 points off turnovers.

The Saints couldn't stop a depleted Packers offense that was missing Pro Bowl players Green, Javon Walker and Bubba Franks (for all but one snap), and starting center Mike Flanagan. And both tackles played on gimpy left legs.

It wasn't the type of homecoming Mike McKenzie anticipated a year after forcing a trade from the Packers.

"They were excellent in every phase of the game," McKenzie said.

NOTABLE: It was Green Bay's most lopsided win since Oct.23, 1966, when it routed Atlanta 56-3.