Football / Favre passes Marino multi-TD mark in win
Brett Favre completed a career-high 88 percent of his passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns and the Minnesota Vikings delivered their most complete performance of the season in a 35-9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks yesterday.
Favre completed 22 of his 25 throws for the Vikings (9-1). His previous career high was 85.2 percent against Detroit on Sept. 20. But he has only completed at least 80 percent two other times in his previous 18 seasons in the league.
It was yet another record-setting day for Favre. It was his 22nd career game with at least four touchdown passes, surpassing Dan Marino.
When the record was announced to the sellout crowd in the fourth quarter, Favre received a standing ovation from the fans who used to boo him with every fiber of their being during his 16 years with the Green Bay Packers.
He also set Minnesota's single-game franchise record for completion percentage. Randall Cunningham held the previous mark, 84 percent in 1998 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nate Burleson had six catches for 100 yards for Seattle (3-7), which rushed for a franchise-low 4 yards on 13 carries. The injury-ravaged Seahawks have lost seven of their last nine to fade from contention in the NFC West.
The 40-year-old Favre has been making it look easy this season, and never more so than yesterday against the Seahawks, who were missing cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion). Favre threw touchdown passes to Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Berrian in a 21-point second quarter that got the Vikings rolling, then finished his day with a 7-yard pass to Sidney Rice with 4 minutes to play in the third quarter.
In Baltimore, the undefeated Indianapolis Colts found yet another way to win a close game, and with a former Ravens kicker. Receiving an inspired performance from their defense and overcoming an uncharacteristic three turnovers, the Colts edged Baltimore 17-15 to improve to 10-0.
Much to the dismay of the Ravens and their fans, Matt Stover booted the go-ahead field goal with 7:02 left. Colts linebacker Gary Brackett then intercepted Joe Flacco's pass at the Indianapolis 13 with 2:42 remaining, and the Colts kept the ball until the closing seconds. Baltimore's last gasp ended when Ed Reed fumbled on a punt return with 17 seconds left.
The Saints also remained undefeated as Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns and the Saints shrugged off a slow start defensively with a 38-7 rout of the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers and young quarterback Josh Freeman.
Robert Meacham caught touchdown passes of 4 and 6 yards in the first half. Third-string running back Mike Bell scored on runs of 3 and 1 yards in the second half, when New Orleans gained 147 of its 183 yards rushing. The Saints (10-0) have their first 10-game winning streak in franchise history. Brees did not allow an interception for the first time in five games.