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Packers Suffer A Giant Loss

Favre Is Sidelined With a Concussion: Giants 14, Packers 7

By Arnie Stapleton
Associated Press
Monday, October 4, 2004; Page D11

GREEN BAY, Wis., Oct. 3 -- The New York Giants left Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers wobbly.

Tiki Barber rushed for 182 yards and scored on a 52-yard touchdown run, and Kurt Warner threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey in a 14-7 victory Sunday at Lambeau Field, where Favre was knocked from the game with a concussion.


Giants' Tiki Barber (23 rushes, 182 yards) beats a blitz for a 52-yard touchdown run in third quarter that tied game at 7. (Darren Hauck -- AP)



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The Giants improved to 3-1 despite a series of missed opportunities, including three errant field goal attempts by Steve Christie.

"This was a phenomenal win for us," defensive end Michael Strahan said. "Our rate of improvement has been quicker than I expected."

And the rate of Green Bay's descent has been equally surprising.

The Packers, mired in a mess with cornerback Mike McKenzie and trying to overcome infighting and injuries, fell to 1-3 for the first time since 1993 and have their first three-game losing streak under fifth-year coach Mike Sherman.

Favre suffered a concussion when defensive lineman William Joseph knocked him to the ground in the third quarter and missed the next two plays. Favre went back in on fourth-and-5, waved backup Doug Pederson to the sideline and floated a 28-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker for a 7-0 lead.

"I wasn't surprised that he came back in and threw a touchdown pass like he did," Strahan said.

The Packers' medical staff sure was -- they hadn't cleared Favre to return to action.

Sherman said he turned to Favre and asked if he was okay. Favre said yes, so in he went.

"The doctors told me after that they didn't want him back in the ballgame," Sherman said.

So, Favre was done for the day.

And soon the Packers were, too.

"Brett Favre is Brett Favre," Giants cornerback Terry Cousin said. "We couldn't underestimate Doug Pederson. He's a good quarterback who's been in the league a long time. But only Brett Favre can make some of those throws and make something out of nothing. That's the difference between him and everybody else."


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