Thursday, November 22, 2007

I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving! One person who definitely has had one is Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The 38-year-old signal caller completed 20 consecutive passes, a team record and only two away from the NFL record, as the Packers knocked off the Detroit Lions.

Looking at the play-by-play sheet (the streak starts right after the two-minute warning before halftime), one can see that most of the passes were for short yardage, but even short passes can go awry.

The yardage gains, in the order the plays occurred, are as follows:

10, 13, 20*, 9, 7, 7, 10 (sets up field goal)

5, 7, 9, 4, 8, 43*, 4 (last one for touchdown)

24*, 0 [complete but no gain], [incompletion negated by defensive pass interference], 7, 3 (last one for touchdown)

2, 41^

*Play-by-play sheet lists pass as "deep," suggesting most of gain was through the air.

^Play-by-play sheet lists pass as "short," suggesting most of gain was via run after the catch.

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