A week after their misadventure in Denver, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers were sensational.
Favre threw three touchdown passes and the Packers secondary, tired of hearing talk about San Diego's tough defense, had six interceptions as Green Bay humiliated the Chargers, 31-3, today. Green Bay (4-2) won for the first time in three road games.
"We laid an egg a week ago and everyone on this team was challenged to play the type of football that's acceptable," said Packers Coach Ray Rhodes, who snapped a personal 18-game road winless streak back to his stint with the Eagles.
The Chargers felt a lot like the Packers after they were humbled, 31-10, in Denver.
"I'm choking on my pride right now," said starting quarterback Erik Kramer, whose three interceptions set up Packers touchdowns and sent him to the bench after three quarters.
"It's an embarrassing loss," said Jim Harbaugh, who came on and promptly threw three more interceptions.
In the Denver loss, Favre was 7 of 23 for 120 yards with three interceptions. Against the Chargers (4-2), who were shakier than usual on pass coverage because of injuries, Favre was an efficient 12 of 22 for 173 yards, with one interception.
After Kramer threw his third interception, Favre put it away by leading a 99-yard, 14-play drive. A three-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman made it 28-3 with three seconds left in the third quarter.
Dorsey Levens, who scored in the second quarter, had 71 yards on the long drive, including 25 on a swing pass to the Chargers 5.
The Packers had the game in hand, allowing them to replace Favre with 9 minutes 42 seconds left; Matt Hasselbeck got his first snaps from scrimmage. In their first three wins, the Packers needed touchdown passes from Favre in the closing seconds.