GREEN BAY, Wis. (Nov. 19, 2006) -- Brett Favre wasn't around to finish the game.
Vinny Testaverde was.
"There is not a whole lot of stuff out there that we did poorly," Brady said. "Now you just have to try to carry it over to next week. But there is a not a whole lot of carryover, just like last week didn't mean a whole lot to this week."
New England (7-3) had lost two straight games at home -- its first losing streak since the end of the 2002 season -- but is 5-0 on the road this year.
New England had run up a 21-0 lead with under two minutes left in the first half when linebacker Tully Banta-Cain wrapped Favre up in the backfield and Tedy Bruschi jumped in to finish the sack. Bruschi's hit slammed Favre to the ground on his throwing arm, and the three-time MVP got up wincing.
"It doesn't matter if he's a quarterback or not, he's one of the toughest guys in the league," Bruschi said. "You know when he can't come back like that something's probably up."
Favre, who made his 251st consecutive start on Sunday including playoff games, was replaced by second-year player Aaron Rodgers. Favre walked back out of the locker room shortly after halftime, but Rodgers played the remainder of the game.
To make matters even worse for Green Bay, Rodgers was limping through the locker room after the game.
"I ain't talking," Rodgers said.
"When you can count the number of first downs on one hand, it's embarrassing," center Scott Wells said.
Brady didn't have any such problems, taking advantage of strong pass protection.
"They were great, they were great," Brady said.
"We can't jump on that roller coaster that exists," McCarthy said. "We took a step back today, but there's a lot of positive things over the last four to five weeks that we need to help move forward."
The Patriots successfully converted fourth downs on their first two scoring drives, including one for a touchdown on their first possession. They went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Green Bay 2. Brady faked a handoff, then threw to tight end Daniel Graham for a touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Notes: With the Patriots missing three defensive backs because of injuries, wide receiver Troy Brown played at nickelback and was flagged for defensive holding near the end of the first half. The penalty was declined. ... Packers tight end David Martin injured his ribs, but McCarthy said X-rays were negative. ... Patriots RB Corey Dillon hurt his arm on the touchdown run but returned later in the game.