Brett Favre's hand was feeling so good that he couldn't resist using it to give the Detroit Lions a little payback.

After watching a taunting Lions secondary beat him at Detroit earlier this year, Favre returned the treatment with two gleeful throat-slitting gestures while the Green Bay Packers pulled away from the Lions for a 26-17 victory today.

"I'm not that type of player, but I guess I was today," Favre said. "I always say, 'Those guys shouldn't do that. It looks bad.' And then I'm out there doing it."

Favre, who was 26 of 40 for 309 yards and no interceptions, said his hand felt better than it has since he badly bruised it during a preseason game against Denver.

Dorsey Levens had 146 total yards and Ryan Longwell kicked four field goals in the victory, which ended the Packers' three-game losing streak and two-game home losing streak.

It also dropped the Lions (6-4) into a three-way tie with idle Minnesota and Tampa Bay, which beat Atlanta, for the NFC Central lead. Green Bay (5-5) is one game back.

Levens had 47 yards on 23 carries and set career-highs with 10 receptions for 99 yards. Bradford had a career-best six catches for 94 yards.

The Lions also hurt themselves with eight penalties for 119 yards, including two pass interference calls against cornerback Terry Fair for 68 yards that kept alive two Green Bay second-half scoring drives, frustrating Lions Coach Bobby Ross.

"It was as simple as A-B-C," Ross said. "They were just flinging the ball out there and getting the calls. But I'm not questioning the calls. . . . It's our problem, not the officials'."

Antonio Freeman suffered a concussion on a big hit by Mark Carrier early in the third, and though he didn't leave the sideline, the Packers' wide receiver didn't return to the game either. Freeman failed to catch a pass for the first time in 44 games.