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Vikings QB Favre 'grateful' after his NFL-record 271st start in a row

  • By Associated Press
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DETROIT -- Brett Favre has another NFL record.

The 19-year veteran quarterback started Sunday for the 271st consecutive time in the regular season and threw two touchdown passes to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-13.

Brett Favre , QB
Minnesota Vikings

Season Statistics
Completion Pct.: 77.1
Passing Yards: 265
TD/INT: 3/0

"Today was really not a whole lot different than last week or last year," said Favre, who turns 40 next month. "Every game I play at this point, I'm pretty grateful. I know how difficult it is."

Defensive end Jim Marshall had the previous mark, starting 270 games in a row for Minnesota from 1961 to 1979.

"Jim was going to try to travel with us to this game; however, this happens to be a first wedding anniversary for him, and he kind of thought that would maybe not be a good idea," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "I'm sure we'll see him next week."

That's when the NFC North-leading Vikings have their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Favre broke Marshall's record after taking the first snap at Detroit and handing off the ball to Adrian Peterson for a 5-yard run. Favre said fans should be accustomed to seeing a lot of that this season.

"I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out if you come and try to stop everything but Adrian Peterson, you're a fool," Favre said. "I got no problem telling you our offense is based around Adrian Peterson. Big deal. We're going to give it again to him next week."

When Favre did throw, he was accurate on an array of short passes. He was 23 of 27 for 155 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Childress insisted the Vikings haven't tried to change Favre's game to make him play more conservatively.

"It's not like we put a new chip in his head," Childress said. "He's still slinging it."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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