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There's nothing wrong with the Green Bay Packers Brett Favre, Reggie White and the New York Giants couldn't fix in a day.

Favre became the second-fastest quarterback to throw 200 career touchdown passes and reach the 25,000-yard plateau in yards, while White had two sacks in helping limit New York to season-low 127 yards in a 37-3 victory Sunday.

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"We know we can play like this every game when we put it together," said Favre, who completed 21 of 33 passes for 267 yards on an afternoon when he had a relatively easy day because Green Bay had a season-high 169 yards rushing. "We just have to come out, execute and play consistently."

The impressive performance came just six days after the Packers (7-3) were beaten by Pittsburgh, their third loss in five games, a result that had many asking: What's wrong with last year's Super Bowl runners-up?

The answer against the Giants (3-7) was absolutely nothing.

"I think we needed this," tight end Mark Chmura said. "This was a big game for us, more so from a confidence standpoint because there probably were some doubts about ourselves. This just goes to show you if we execute like we did today, we're going to beat most teams."

Darick Holmes
Darick Holmes became the first Packer to rush for 100 yards this season. (AP)

Favre threw two touchdown passes to backup tight end Tyrone Davis as the Pakers gained 433 yards and scored on seven of nine offensive series in one stretch.

Green Bay had five sacks in handing the crumbling NFC East champions their third consecutive loss and fifth in six games.

"This is definitely something we needed," said White, whose sacks gave him 14, the most he has had in a season since joining Green Bay in 1993. "We need this for six more games in the regular season."

Ryan Longwell kicked field goals of 39, 24 and 31 yards and the Packers' patchwork backfield of Darick Holmes (111 yards on 27 carries) and William Henderson each ran for a touchdown, causing most in the crowd of 76,272 to leave Giants Stadium by the start of the fourth quarter.

Even before then, White, safety LeRoy Butler (two interceptions) and the rest of the Packers defense forced Giants quarterback Danny Kanell (8-of-20 for 88 yards) to the sidelines in favor of Kent Graham.

"This game was a must-win for us," Butler said. "I don't know who watched our Monday night game, but I said I felt sorry for these guys because I knew we would play well. This was an opportunity for our defense to show we are an elite team, especially going into Minnesota (next Sunday).

The 34-point loss was the worst since Jim Fassel took over as coach last season. New York has not scored a touchdown in nine quarters.

"I don't care how angry they were," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan said. "They should not have beaten us by that many points. I think they definitely came out with a point to prove after last week, but we definitely went out and played bad."

Green Bay got all the points it would need late in the first quarter on a gift touchdown, Favre's 200th TD pass. With a third-and-goal at the 2, the Giants left Davis uncovered on the left side. Favre took the snap and lobbed the ball to the open receiver.

"They were confused," said Davis, who has five TDs on 13 receptions this season. "They didn't know how to line up or whatever and Brett just got under center quickly and threw it up."

Favre got to the 25,000-yard mark with a 6-yard pass to Antonio Freeman on the final play of the quarter. He now has 25,221.

The milestones came in the 107th game of Favre's career. Warren Moon of Seattle also reached 25,000 yards in 107 games.

Dan Marino of Miami was the quickest to each milestone. He needed 89 games for 200 TD passes and 92 to reach 25,000 yards in the air.

The Packers stretched the lead to 20-3 at halftime. The big play was a 60-yard scoring pass play to Davis on a play in which safety Tito Wooten missed a tackle at the 40.

Longwell's two second-quarter field goal were set up by Butler's first interception and White's sack and forced fumble late in the quarter.

Notes

  • Backup RBs Tyrone Wheatley and Tiki Barber returned Giants kickoffs with David Patten sidelined with back spasms.
  • Butler's two interceptions gave him 34 for the Packers, moving hi past Irv Comp (33) into fourth place in team history.
  • Davis' 60-yard TD catch was the longest reception of his three-year career.
  • Giants middle linebacker Corey Widmer was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a concussion.
  • Darick Holmes, who had not carried the ball for Green Bay until Sunday, is the first Packers runner back to go over 100 yards this season.

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