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Q. What 1st round Packer has the most TDs in Green Bay history? - John from WI, Sep. 17, 2010

A. The player selected by Green Bay in the first round of the NFL draft who went on to score the most touchdowns for the Packers is Sterling Sharpe, who was drafted in 1988 and scored 66 TDs.

Q. How many fumbles has Ryan Grant lost in 2009 for the Green Bay Packers? - Ryan from Green Bay, WI, Jan. 7, 2010

A. Ryan Grant lost only one fumble during the 2009 regular season. In Week 2 against Cincinnati he fumbled after a pass reception and the Bengals recovered the ball.

Q. When is the last time the Packers have had five rushing touchdowns in one game? - Joe from Fennimore, WI, Dec. 31, 2009

A. The Packers have scored five or more rushing touchdowns in one game eight times. Prior to this past Sunday against Seattle they last did it on October 9, 1988 in a 45-3 win against the Patriots in Milwaukee. Brent Fullwood ran for three TDs in that game, while Kenneth Davis and Don Majkowski each had one rushing score. The Green Bay record for rushing TDs in one game is six, done in 1961 at Cleveland and in 1962 at Philadelphia.

Q. How many times have the Packers won back-to-back NFC division (North or the previous Central) championships? And the Vikings? - Mary from Duluth, MN, Dec. 24, 2009

A. Since the NFC was formed in 1970, the Vikings have won back-to-back division titles seven times and the Packers have done it four times.

Q. What are the most points the Green Bay Packers ever scored in one game? - Richard from Scranton, PA, Dec. 17, 2009

A. On October 7, 1945 Green Bay defeated Detroit 57-21. That is the Packers record for most points scored in one game.

Q. I know the Packers used to be undefeated for quite a few years at Lambeau Field. How many years were they and what was their record? - Ryan from East Troy, WI, Dec. 10, 2009

A. The Packers have gone undefeated in the regular season at Lambeau Field seven times: in 1959, 1961 and 1962 (4-0 in each of those three seasons), in 1994 (5-0) and in 1996, 1997 and 2002 (8-0 in each of those three seasons).

Q. Which Packers Quarterback ran for the most yards in his career? - Michael from Green Bay, WI, Dec. 3, 2009

A. Among all the players who threw at least 300 career passes for the Packers, Tobin Rote had the most career rushing yards for Green Bay (2,205). Rote was the Packers quarterback from 1950 to 1956.

Q. What is the highest ever passer rating for a Packer? - Mark from Reno, NV, Nov. 26, 2009

A. The Packers record for highest passer rating in a season is held by Bart Starr, who had a 105.0 rating in 1966, the season in which Green Bay won the first Super Bowl.

Q. What QB had the most yards thrown in a season, how many and what year? - Jerry from Milwaukee, WI, Nov. 19, 2009

A. The NFL record for passing yards in a season is 5,084 by Dan Marino in 1984 for the Dolphins. The only other player to pass for at least 5,000 yards in one season is Drew Brees, who had 5,069 passing yards for the Saints in 2008.

Q. What is the all time record for wins and losses vs. the Cowboys? - Jon from Pontiac, IL, Nov. 12, 2009

A. The Packers, who play the Cowboys this Sunday, are 10-12 against Dallas in the regular season and 2-4 vs. Dallas in the postseason. The Eagles have the most all-time wins against the Cowboys (43) and the Redskins have the most all-time losses vs. Dallas (57).

Q. Who was the Packers first 1000-yard rusher? - Kevin from Kaukauna, WI, Nov. 5, 2009

A. In 1949 Tony Canadeo rushed for 1,052 yards in a 12-game season, becoming the first Packers player to run for 1,000 yards in a single season.

Q. When was the last time the Packers recorded two consecutive shutouts? - Conor from Oconomowoc, WI, Oct. 29, 2009

A. The last time that the Packers recorded back-to-back shutouts was in 1962. On September 23 they beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 17-0, and on September 30 they beat the Chicago Bears, 49-0.

Q. Which receiver caught the most TDs from Lynn Dickey? - Tyler from Fond du Lac, WI, Oct. 22, 2009

A. Lynn Dickey threw 35 touchdown passes to tight end Paul Coffman, his highest total to one teammate.

Q. Who are the top 10 QBs on the career touchdown list in the NFL? - Jim from Stony Point, NC, Oct. 15, 2009

A. 1. Brett Favre (473). 2. Dan Marino (420). 3. Peyton Manning (345). 4. Fran Tarkenton (342). 5. John Elway (300). 6. Warren Moon (291). 7. Johnny Unitas (290). 8. Vinny Testaverde (275). 9. Joe Montana (273). 10. Dave Krieg (261).

Q. Which team has the Green Bay Packers won the most games against? - Amy from Oshkosh, WI, Oct. 8, 2009

A.The Packers have 86 wins against the Lions, the most wins for Green Bay against any opponent. Next-most is 81 wins against the Bears and 49 against the Vikings.

Q. What is Brett Favre's career record in the Metro Dome? How many wins, how many losses? - Michelle from Madison, WI, Oct. 1, 2009

A.Brett Favre has started 17 games in the Metrodome and has a 7-10 record in those games. But Favre has won five of his last six starts in that building and he's thrown at least two TD passes in each of his last nine games in Minneapolis.

Q. Against what team do the packers have the longest regular season home winning streak? - Dave from Appleton, WI, Sept. 24, 2009

A. Green Bay's current 17-game home winning streak against Detroit (1992-2008) is the Packers' longest home winning streak against one team in franchise history. The second-longest home winning streak for Green Bay was 12 in a row against Tampa Bay, from 1990 to 2001.

Q. What is the longest play in packer history? - Eric from Green Bay, WI, Sept. 17, 2009

A. The longest play from scrimmage in Packers history is a 99-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Robert Brooks on September 11, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The longest run from scrimmage was 98 yards for a touchdown by Ahman Green on December 28, 2008 against Denver at Lambeau Field.

Q. How many teams have had 3 receivers with 1000 yards in a season? - Bob from Clintonville, WI, Jan. 1, 2009

A. 2008 Arizona Cardinals - Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, Larry Fitzgerald; 2004 Indianapolis Colts - Marvin Harrison, Brandon Stokley, Reggie Wayne; 1995 Atlanta Falcons - Bert Emanuel, Terance Mathis, Eric Metcalf; 1989 Washington Redskins - Gary Clark, Art Monk, Ricky Sanders; 1980 San Diego Chargers - John Jefferson, Charlie Joiner, Kellen Winslow.

Q. How many yards does a kick returner get credit for when he runs it back 100 yards, However, a penalty at the 50 brings the ball back to the 40? - Bill from Black Creek, WI, Dec. 25, 2008

A. If a player were to return a kickoff 100 yards, from his own goalline to the opposing end zone, and a penalty committed by his team at the 50 yardline forced his team to start its drive at its own 40 yardline, the returner would be credited with return yardage to the spot of the foul, in this case, a 50-yard return.

Q. Do you know the average time of possesion for this year versus last year? - Cooper from Milwaukee, WI, Dec. 18, 2008

A. Green Bay's average time of possession in a game this season is 31:15, ranking 11th-highest in the NFL. Last year, the Packers controlled the ball at a rate of 30:19 per game, 13th-highest in the league.

Q. What is the average starting field position for Packer opponents and what is the avg. for the Packers? - Kevin from Milwaukee, WI, Dec. 11, 2008

A. This season, the average yardline start for all Packers' possessions is the 28.2 yardline, ranking 26th in the league. The average yardline start for Green Bay opponents is the 32.4 yardline, ranking 27th in the NFL.

Q. What is the record for most team interception return yardage in one season? What is the individual season record? - Scott from Omaha, NE, Dec. 4, 2008

A. The NFL record for most interception return yardage by a team in one season is 929 by the 1961 San Diego Chargers. The Chargers also set the league record with 49 interceptions that season. The individual record for most interception return yards in one season is 358 by Ed Reed for the 2004 Ravens.

Q. What was the career record of Scott Hunter, the quarterback which replaced Bart Starr? - Joe from Madison, WI, Nov. 27, 2008

A. Scott Hunter played for the Packers from 1971 through 1973. He started 29 games at quarterback for Green Bay during that time and had a 15-11-3 record.

Q. Who was the last GB QB prior to Favre who faced the Bears? - Bill from Stevens Point, WI, Nov. 20, 2008

A. Prior to Brett Favre, the last Packers' quarterback to start against the Bears was Mike Tomczak, on December 8, 1991.

Q. How many games at the Metrodome have been decided by a touchdown or less between the Packers and the Vikings? - Tom from East Greenbush, Nov. 13, 2008

A. Minnesota's 28-27 win over Green Bay on Sunday was the 12th Vikings-Packers game played at the Metrodome that was decided by seven-or-fewer points. That includes each of the six games those two teams have played there since 2003.

Q. What is the best record the Packers have ever had? (win/loss record) - Samantha from Wausau, WI, Nov. 6, 2008

A. The Packers were 12-0-1 in 1929, the only undefeated season in franchise history.

Q. Which team has the most penalties this season (top 5)? - Deacon from Jamestown, NY, Oct. 30, 2008

A. Through Week 8, these are the top five teams in most penalties per game in 2008: 8.29 Green Bay, 7.75 Dallas, 7.50 San Francisco, 7.43 Cleveland, 7.43 Arizona.

Q. What is the NFL record for Interceptions returned for a touchdown in the regular season? - Patrick from Chisago, MN, Oct. 23, 2008

A. The record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in one season is nine, by the 1961 San Diego Chargers. Second place belongs to the 1998 Seattle Seahawks, who had eight TDs on interception returns.

The individual record is four interceptions returned for a touchdown in one season. Three players have done that: Ken Houston (1971 Oilers), Jim Kearney (1972 Chiefs) and Eric Allen (1993 Eagles).

Q. After the defense scores a safety, the offensive team punts the ball. My question is: Is this a live ball if the receiving team lets it hit the ground and doesn't catch it or down it? - Kurt from Albertville, MN, Oct. 16, 2008

A. Yes, after it goes 10 yards, it's live and can be recovered by either team.

Q. How many touchdowns were made from Brett Favre to Donald Driver? - Nick from North Carolina, Oct. 9, 2008

A. Brett Favre threw 36 career TD passes to Donald Driver in the regular season and Favre threw two additional TD passes to Driver in the postseason.

Q. How many times have the Packers lost at Lambeau Field? - Rick from Dallas, TX, Oct. 2, 2008

A. The Packers have 101 losses all-time at Lambeau Field.

Q. What Green Bay player has the most interceptions in a game? - Christopher from Navarre, FL, Sept. 24, 2008

A. The Packers' record for most interceptions by an individual player in one game is four by Bobby Dillon (on November 26, 1953 at Detroit) and Willie Buchanon (on September 24, 1978 at San Diego).

Q. What is the least amount of receptions a Packer receiver has garnered to eclipse 1,000 yards? Same thing for running back; how many carries to reach 1,000? - Torrin from Whitewater, WI, Sept. 18, 2008

A. In 1952, Billy Howton had 53 receptions for 1,231 receiving yards, the fewest catches for any Packers player in a 1,000-yard receiving season. In 1949, Tony Canadeo rushed for 1,052 yards on 208 carries, the fewest rushing attempts by a Packers player in a 1,000-yard rushing season.

Q. What is the Packers overall record against the Bears? - Aaron from Colorado Springs, CO, Sept. 11, 2008

A. The Packers are 79-89-6 all-time against the Bears in the regular season. They played once in the postseason (in 1941) and the Bears won that game.

Q. Since the Packers became a team, what is their overall regular season record of wins and losses? - Zach from De Pere, WI, Jan. 24, 2008

A. Since entering the NFL in 1921 (it was then known as the American Professional Football Association), the Packers record in the regular season is 637-503, with 36 ties.

Q. What is the longest throw by Brett Favre ever completed and who caught it? - Dan from St. Charles, IL, Jan. 17, 2008

A. Brett Favre's longest completion was a 99-yard TD pass to Robert Brooks on September 11, 1995 against the Bears. That is one of 10 pass plays for 99 yards in NFL history.

Q. Since Brett Favre took over as the starting QB in 1992, which teams have the best overall regular season record? - Dave from Sparta, WI, Jan. 10, 2008

A. Since September 27, 1992, the date of Brett Favre's first start, Green Bay is 160-93 (.632), the best record for any team in the NFL over that period. Next-best is Pittsburgh, at 156-96-1 (.619) and then Denver, at 152-101 (.601).

Q. Who was the first Packer to catch a touchdown pass? - Dave from Milwaukee, WI, Jan. 3, 2008

A. The first Packer to catch a TD pass was Billy Dumoe, on a pass from Curly Lambeau, on November 13, 1921 against the Hammond Pros.

Q. How many times has Brett Favre had a perfect passer rating and what were his stats in those games? - Victor from North Hills, CA, Dec 27, 2007

A. Brett Favre has never reached the maximum 158.3 passer rating in a regular-season NFL game. His career-best is 154.9 on December 22, 2003, in a 41-7 win against the Raiders. In that game, Favre was 22-for-30, for 399 yards, with 4 TD passes and no interceptions.

Q. Favre has thrown TD passes to 44 different players in his career. Has any QB completed TD passes to more players? - Joe from Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 20, 2007

A. Favre has thrown TD passes to 43 different players during the regular season. The NFL record is held by Vinny Testaverde, who has thrown TD passes to 70 different players.

Q. How many different starting QBs have started with different teams against Brett Favre? - Pat from Omro, WI, Dec. 13, 2007

A. 107 different quarterbacks have started against Favre during his streak. Daunte Culpepper and Trent Dilfer each started against Favre 10 times, the most for any NFL quarterback.

Q. Which NFL team has sacked Favre the most? - Gregg from Baraboo, WI, Dec. 6, 2007

A. The Lions have 55 sacks against Brett Favre, the most for any team. John Randle had 11.5 career sacks of Favre, the most for one player.

Q. What was Johnny Unitas' win/loss record against the Green Bay Packers? - Thomas from Lakeland, FL, Nov. 29, 2007

A. Johnny Unitas was 13-10 in his 23 career starts against the Packers, with 34 TD passes and 36 interceptions.

Q. Who has the record for most career touchdowns against a single team? - Tammi from Pensacola, FL, Nov. 22, 2007

A. Jerry Rice scored 29 touchdowns against Atlanta, the most for one player vs. one team in NFL history. Dan Marino threw 72 TD passes vs. the Jets, the most for one player against one team in NFL history.

Q. Which NFL player has intercepted Brett Favre the most? - Tom from Sheboygan, WI, Nov. 15, 2007

A. Mark Carrier's six career interceptions against Brett Favre are the most for any player. Carrier, who played in the NFL from 1990 to 2000, had two of those INTs with the Bears and four for the Lions.

Q. How many QBs have started for other teams since Brett Favre started his streak? - Maury from San Diego, CA, Nov. 8, 2007

A. Since Brett Favre's streak of consecutive starts began on September 27, 1992, 205 different quarterbacks have started games for other NFL teams.

Q. Which team holds the best record against the Packers at Lambeau Field? - Eddy from Caracas, Venezula, Nov. 1, 2007

A. The three best records vs. the Packers at Lambeau Field belong to Kansas City (3-0), Jacksonville (1-0) and Tennessee (4-1). Among teams that have played at least six games against Green Bay at Lambeau Field, the best record belongs to Minnesota (15-15-1).

Q. What franchise has the best winning percentage in the history of the NFL? - Dave from Carneys Point, Oct. 24, 2007

A. Among the 32 current franchises, the best all-time record belongs to the Miami Dolphins. They are 368-259-4 (.587). Next-best are Chicago (.581), Dallas (.576), the Raiders (.566) and Green Bay (.556).

Q. How do Favre's total interceptions break down quarter by quarter? - Bill from Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 17, 2007

A. Favre's 278 career interceptions broken down by quarter: 46 in the 1st, 88 in the 2nd, 55 in the 3rd, 90 in the 4th, none in overtime.

Q. What are Payton Manning's stats, win-loss, QB rating, TD/Int when playing outdoors compared to Favre's? - Bryan from Appleton, WI, Oct. 10, 2007

A. Brett Favre is 132-67 (.663) with 348 TD, 222 INT and an 85.1 rating. Peyton Manning is 38-26 (.594) with 104 TD, 67 INT, and an 88.0 rating.

Q. What is Brett Favre's career win-loss record versus the Bears? - Bob from Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 3, 2007

A. Brett Favre is 22-8 against the Bears. That's his most career regular-season wins against any opponent.

Q. How many NFL QBs have thrown 30 or more TDs to multiple receivers in a career? And who is the leader? - Jimmy from Green Bay, WI, Sept. 26, 2007

A. Nineteen quarterbacks have thrown 30-or-more career touchdown passes to at least two different teammates. The record is held by Johnny Unitas, who threw 30+ TD passes to five different players: Raymond Berry, Lenny Moore, Jimmy Orr, Jim Mutscheller and John Mackey.