From bad to worse

Titans' D got the best of Favre

In the era of Brett Favre and Ahman Green, Packer records have fallen like October leaves. In Monday night's humiliating 48-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Packers reached some notable numbers they hoped they'd never see.<P>

The loss marked the most points given up at Lambeau and the largest margin of defeat at home since Brett Favre was a teenager.

"I guess if you play long enough you'll just about see everything," said Favre, who turned 35 Sunday. "Do I expect to lose at home? No. Did I expect to lose three in a row? Absolutely not.

"It is what it is. We can either make it better or make it an even longer season than it has been," Favre said. "It's up to us."

At the risk of dredging up some unhappy memories from mediocre seasons gone by, here's a look at Packer defenses which surrendered points of two score or more.

The last time the Packers gave up 40 points twice in one season was 1986, when the Vikings beat the Packers 42-7 on Sept. 28 in the Metrodome, then Green Bay beat the Lions 44-40 in a memorable Thanksgiving Day game. Similarly, in 1983 Green Bay beat the Redskins 48-47 in the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game ever, but lost down the stretch to the Falcons in OT 47-41 in Week 13. The MNF barn-burner also marked the last time the Packers gave up 40-plus at Lambeau.

You'd have to go back to the dark years of 1957-58 to find the last time the Packers gave up 40 points twice in losses. The last time this team suffered the embarrassment of allowing opponents to run up more than 40 in a whipping of the Pack in Lambeau was Oct. 8, 1950 in a 44-31 loss to the New York Yanks at City Stadium.

The last time the Packers gave up 40-plus in a loss at Lambeau Field? Never. The 48 points put up by the Titans eclipses the not-so-painful 47 give up to Washington in a Packer win. So let's call this the worst game in the history of Lambeau Field and leave it at that.

The Packers tied another mark they'd rather not see again. The Titans' 17 first-quarter points tied a 22-year-old record for the most points allowed by the Packers in the opening period. The Detroit Lions scored 17 points in the first quarter of their 27-24 win over the Packers in the strike-shortened season finale of 1982.

The Titans had not scored more than 17 in any full game this season. They surpassed that mark just 5 minutes into the second quarter.

Ryan Longwell's 53-yard field goal, the second-longest of his career, came nearly one year to the day after his last 50-yarder. Longwell kicked a 50-yard field goal Oct. 12, 2003 vs. Kansas City. Longwell's career long was a 54-yarder at Tennessee Dec. 16, 2001.

The eighth-year pro out of Cal has kicked eight field goals from 50-yards or more: 1997: 50, at Detroit.

1999: 50, at Denver.

2000: 51 at Detroit; 51 at Miami and 52 at Tampa.

2001 54 at Tennessee.

2003: 50 vs. Kansas City.

2004: 53 vs. Tennessee.

These games have something more in common than the field goals from 50 yards or more. All were Packer losses.

Finally, a few bright spots from the record books:

Brett Favre's consecutive-game TD streak continued Favre with his second-quarter strike to Bubba Franks that pulled Green Bay to within 24-10. Favre has thrown for a touchdown in 30 consecutive games, tying him for No. 2 all time with Dan Marino. He can pull into second place all alone with a scoring pass next week, but first place will have to wait. Johnny Unitas holds the all-time record with 47.

Favre's starting streak reached 194, and tied the legendary Bart Starr for most games played as a Packer. Counting Favre's non-starts vs. Tampa Bay and Cincinnati in 1992, Favre has played 196 games in a Packer uniform.

Tight end Bubba Franks' touchdown reception was the 19th of his career (1st this season), tying Bill Schroeder for fourth in Packers' history for touchdowns by a receiver.

Wide receiver Javon Walker has caught at least one pass in 22 straight games and 32 of the last 33. The last time he went without a reception was in the Packers' 10-0 shutout of Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2002.

No pressure By the time Craig Nall came into the game for the first time in his new role as the No. 2 QB, the pressure was off. With the stands less than half full, the game well out of the Packers' reach, the atmosphere resembled what Nall is used to - a preseason game.

Nall's first career touchdown pas was an 11-yard toss to Javon Walker with 1:01 remaining in the game.

Injuries: Safety Michael Hawthorne suffered a possible concussion early in the game. That brought in Ahmad Carroll, whose return from a groin injury was supposed to be limited to dime package situations. Walker injured his foot on a reception just before the two-minute warning.

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