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Favre rallies Packers

©Associated Press
December 4, 2001

JACKSONVILLE -- In a tie game with two minutes left Monday night, the Packers weren't worried.

Not with Brett Favre on their side. And not with the Jaguars on the other.

Favre threw three touchdowns and ran 6 yards for the winner with 1:30 left to rally the Packers from 14 points down for a 28-21 victory over the Jaguars, masters of the late collapse.

Favre rolled left on a bootleg, then squeezed into the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score. It was his first rushing touchdown since Oct. 25, 1998, the longest drought of his career.

Mark Brunell led the Jaguars to midfield on their late desperation drive, but he was sacked on second and short, and two plays later he lost a fumble to end another close loss.

Favre threw for 362 yards to help the Packers stay one game behind Chicago for the NFC Central lead with the teams set to meet Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Jaguars blew a late lead for the fourth time in six games, throwing another distraction onto a pile that includes Jimmy Smith's recent positive test for cocaine and Tom Coughlin's potential candidacy for the Notre Dame job.

They committed 111 yards in penalties, enough to nullify Smith's 116-yard receiving night.

With the score tied at 21, Mike Hollis had a chance to give the Jaguars the lead, but his 42-yard field goal hit the left upright.

Before that, Favre rallied the Packers from a 21-7 deficit.

Most of the damage came at the expense of cornerback Fernando Bryant, who has been the most outspoken critic of the soft-zone defenses the Jaguars have used to blow those leads.

Given the chance to play in the man-to-man he likes, Bryant surrendered a 45-yard touchdown to Bill Schroeder to make the score 21-14. The Jaguars lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Favre looked Bryant's way again, hitting Antonio Freeman for a 29-yard gain to set up the tying touchdown.

The Jaguars went up 21-7 early in the third quarter when defensive end Tony Brackens sacked Favre and forced a fumble that Ainsley Battles scooped for a 60-yard touchdown return.

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