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Brett Favre threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 37-26 Thanksgiving victory over the Detroit Lions. (Rebecca Cook - Reuters)

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By Larry Lage
Associated Press
Friday, November 23, 2007

DETROIT, Nov. 22 -- Brett Favre sported a white T-shirt, carpenter's pants and a scruffy beard. It was the only time he looked like just another guy on Thanksgiving.

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Favre set a Green Bay record with 20 consecutive completions and finished with a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 37-26 victory over the slumping Detroit Lions.

"I threw it. They caught it," he said simply. "Nothing spectacular."

The three-time MVP put together another sensational performance that made the 38-year-old look as if he's back in his prime. Favre's seventh 300-yard game of the season matched a team mark he set in 1995.

"He's the greatest ever," Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said.

Green Bay (10-1) matched its best 11-game record since 1929 and the NFC North leaders have a four-game lead with five games left in the regular season.

The Packers can improve their chances of earning home-field advantage if they win at Dallas next Thursday.

"One game is not going to define us," Favre said. "It may have some implications for the playoffs, but we can't worry about that right now.

"We're going to enjoy this one today."

The Lions would love to forget it.

Detroit (6-5) lost its third straight game, making its playoff picture bleak because it would lose wild-card tiebreakers against the New York Giants, Washington, Philadelphia and Arizona.

"We aren't where we want to be, but we are where we need to be," Kitna said. "We have to get to 10. Ten gets you in."

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