GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 11, 2005) -- Samkon Gado's first passing attempt was ugly.
Gado rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown, allowing Brett Favre to play the steady, more conservative game he had been promising for weeks but hadn't yet delivered.
"I think he's making the most of his opportunity," Favre said. "He just had an outstanding game."
But when Gado flipped the ball out of the end zone in the fourth quarter, he nearly threw the game away with it.
But officials huddled and ruled that Gado had attempted a legal pass, giving the Packers another chance.
"That was confusing, to be honest with you," Favre said. "But he's a bright guy with a lot of talent."
And if Gado hadn't flipped the ball away, he almost surely would have been caught for a safety. "I honestly can't fault him for that," Favre said.
Lions linebacker Earl Holmes didn't agree with the officials' call. Even if Gado's flip was a legal pass, Holmes said the holding penalty officials also called on the Packers on that play occurred in the end zone and should have been an automatic safety. "There's no other way to tell me that that was not a safety," Holmes said. "You can't explain it."
Favre was 21-for-31 for 170 yards, including one interception at the end of regulation. With the victory, Favre is 15-0 at home against the Lions (4-9), including playoffs.
Garcia was 13-for-24 for 112 yards.
The Lions had scoring opportunities inside the 10 on each of their first three possessions thanks to a deep drive, Favre's fumble and a long kickoff return.
The Lions found the end zone on their third possession thanks to a 74-yard kickoff return by R.W. McQuarters and an acrobatic catch by receiver Roy Williams.
On third-and-3 at the 4, Garcia lobbed a pass over cornerback Al Harris to Williams, who tipped the ball to himself and dragged a foot in bounds. A replay review ruled that the touchdown counted. With the extra point, the Lions led 13-3.
After forcing the Lions to go three-and-out on their next possession, Gado squirted around the right side and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown.
Gado, a native of Nigeria, broke into the Packers' starting lineup after season-ending injuries to running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport.
Hanson's first-quarter field goal gave him 1,401 career points, making him the 17th player in league history to surpass 1,400.
With an 11-yard pass to Robert Ferguson in the first quarter, Favre passed 3,000 yards for an NFL-record 14th season, breaking a tie with Dan Marino.
It was 14 degrees at kickoff.
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