Brett Favre wept.
After engineering a fourth-quarter comeback drive of breathtaking efficiency, breaking the hearts of the Oakland Raiders and doing it all with an injured throwing hand he didn't mention to the Packers coaches, Favre was so overcome by emotion and pain he could barely speak.
"I'm so drained right now," he said, tears streaming from his eyes. "I just can't believe I played. . . . I could hardly feel the ball, but we won the game."
The Green Bay Packers beat the Raiders, 28-24, today primarily through the efforts of Favre, who led the Packers on an 11-play, 82-yard drive in the final 1 minute 51 seconds. He capped the 11th fourth-quarter comeback and the 14th game-winning drive of his career with a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Thomason with 11 seconds left.
"Those types of drives are storybook drives," said Coach Ray Rhodes, who won in his Green Bay debut. "Those are the types of drives the Favres, the Montanas, the Elways make."
Favre had three passes intercepted, but he complected 28 of 47 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He has 14 four-touchdown games in his career, putting him third on the NFL's career list behind only Dan Marino (21) and Johnny Unitas (17).
Favre is 49-6 in starts at Lambeau Field and County Stadium in Milwaukee, giving him the best home record of any NFL quarterback.
Favre's hand was hurt when it hit the helmet of Russell Maryland in the third quarter. X-rays showed no fracture.
"We dug in deep, and we hung together," said wide receiver Antonio Freeman, who had seven receptions for 111 yards. "It was an unbelievably dramatic win, and we owe it to Brett."