ST. LOUIS (AP) -- More records fell at the hands of the St. Louis Rams.But this time, rather than the speedy offense, it was the vastly improved St. Louis defense setting NFL marks Sunday in a 45-17 rout of the Green Bay Packers. The victory sent the Rams to the NFC championship game against Philadelphia.
The Rams (15-2) picked off six passes by Brett Favre, returning three for scores; rookie Tommy Polley went 34 yards for his touchdown and added another interception.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- As the clock ticked down in regulation, Donovan McNabb saved Philadelphia's season -- and a city's psyche.And with one desperation heave, Brett Favre threw away Green Bay's chance at another Super Bowl.In a battle of two of the NFL's elite quarterbacks, McNabb and the Eagles prevailed 20-17 in overtime, as Brian Dawkins' interception of a high Favre heave set up David Akers' winning field goal.
Favre, who was 15-of-28 for 180 yards, did not speak with reporters after the game.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Oh, brother!Eli, the baby of the Manning quarterback clan, finally has arrived.And he's taking the New York Giants on yet another road trip -- to Glendale, Ariz., site of the Super Bowl.
He got a reprieve in overtime after Corey Webster intercepted a struggling Brett Favre -- the kind of mistake Manning often has made before his recent turnaround.
As for Favre, his emotions were clear: "I was disappointed that the last pass I threw was intercepted."He wound up 19-for-35 for 236 yards and two interceptions. It's now a decade since the career leader in most NFL passing categories has been to the big game.