Panthers 32, Packers 29
Brett Favre showed he still has some Monday night magic -- just not enough to prevent the Green Bay Packers from getting off to their worst start in 17 years.
Favre threw four touchdown passes but couldn't overcome two early turnovers that the Carolina Panthers used to build a big lead and then held on for a 32-29 win.
The Packers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1988.
Rallying Green Bay from a 19-point third-quarter deficit, Favre threw two touchdown passes and for two two-point conversions in the fourth quarter and had the Packers in position to possibly win the game on their final drive.
But with running back Ahman Green on the sideline with an injured knee and no timeouts left, Favre had to do it all on his own when Green Bay got the ball back with 1 minute 58 seconds to play. He completed two passes before Carolina (2-2) stopped the Packers on fourth and two.
Favre threw the ball to Donald Driver past the first down line but Chris Gamble knocked the ball out of his hands and it fell incomplete.
Jake Delhomme threw two touchdown passes and Stephen Davis ran for two scores as the Panthers built an early lead.
"I was just praying for our defense to get a stop," Delhomme said. "[Favre] was awesome tonight."
Delhomme was 17 of 24 for 206 yards and Davis carried 19 times for 51 yards. Steve Smith caught only two passes for 12 yards.
"They tried to take Steve Smith out of the game, which they did a bit, but that opened up things for other people," Delhomme said.
Trailing 26-7 midway through the third quarter, Favre led by example on an 80-yard scoring drive, sprinting up the middle for a 12-yard gain on third and eight, then finishing it off with a 26-yard scoring pass to Driver.
Favre finished 28 of 47 for 303 yards and his 19th game of four or more touchdown passes, second to Dan Marino's record 21.
The pass to Driver was Favre's 50th touchdown pass on Monday Night Football, second only to Marino's 74, and it cut it to 26-13.
The Panthers pushed it to 32-13 on Davis's second score of the game, a one-yard run with 14:44 to play.
But after a Packers punt, Delhomme fumbled the ball away when his arm was hit by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Green Bay recovered and Favre made the Panthers pay for it one play later with a 16-yard scoring strike to Donald Lee.
His finest work, though, came on the Packers' next drive. Favre was 8 of 12 on a 90-yard drive, hitting Antonio Chatman on a four-yarder in the back of the end zone.
Favre threw the two-point conversion to Robert Ferguson to make it 32-29 with 3:07 to play.
The Panthers were suddenly hapless on offense, going three-and-out to give the ball back to Favre for one final chance.
Packers rookie receiver Terrence Murphy injured his neck during the second quarter and was to be hospitalized for at least one night. Murphy had just picked up a fumbled kick return and turned up field to run with it when he was tackled by Carolina's Thomas Davis late in the second quarter. It appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit and Murphy folded awkwardly as he collapsed to the ground.
He lay motionless on the field surrounded by medical personnel for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher.