Taylor Makes Mark With Two Interceptions of Favre
Monday, October 15, 2007
GREEN BAY, Wis., Oct. 14 -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor and Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre now are linked in football lore. Taylor intercepted two of Favre's passes Sunday in the Packers' 17-14 victory at Lambeau Field, putting Favre alone atop the NFL's all-time list with 279 interceptions.
After dropping two potential interceptions earlier in the game, Taylor picked off a pass intended for Packers wide receiver James Jones early in the third quarter. Favre's 278th interception broke the record he previously shared with quarterback George Blanda, who threw 277 interceptions in 26 seasons.
"I could care less; we won the game," Favre said of the record. "I'm glad it's over just like the other records. We're 5-1, so it feels a heck of a lot better than having no picks and being 1-5."
Of course, Favre also has the most career touchdown passes at 423. The future Hall of Famer struggled against the Redskins, completing 19 of 37 passes for 188 yards with no touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, with the Packers leading 17-14 and Favre trying for one of his signature knockout punches on a deep pass, Taylor caught a ball intended for wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Taylor, who repeatedly has declined interview requests this season, continued his strong overall play, also being credited with four passes defended, three solo tackles and a forced fumble. For the first time in his career, Taylor has intercepted at least one pass in three consecutive games and has four interceptions in that span. The Redskins' defensive backs totaled only five interceptions in 2006.
Washington Rests Hamstring
Starting strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington was the Redskins' only high-profile inactive player, missing the game because of a hamstring injury.
Washington, who was listed as doubtful, suffered the injury in the Redskins' 34-3 victory over Detroit on Oct. 7 and did not practice last week. In his six previous seasons, Washington missed three games, including two in the 2006 season because of a knee injury.
He also missed the second half of the preseason and was slowed in the first three games this season because of a dislocated elbow. With Washington unavailable, veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey, signed to a $1.3 million contract in training camp, started on the strong side. Godfrey finished with three tackles.
On third down, rookie pass-rush specialist Chris Wilson took Washington's rush-end spot.
Wilson recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter, tackling Favre for a 12-yard loss. The undrafted free agent, signed from the Canadian Football League, was credited with three solo tackles.
Center Casey Rabach, who is from nearby Sturgeon Bay, Wis., had about 50 family members and friends among the crowd of 70,761.
"It's always nice to come back and see your family and friends," said Rabach, who suffered a groin injury in third quarter and was replaced by backup center Mike Pucillo. . . .
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on the Redskins' sideline before the game.