NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brett Favre tied the NFL’s career record for touchdown passes with a 57-yard strike in the fourth quarter to help the Green Bay Packers stay unbeaten with a 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Favre’s connection with Greg Jennings with 2:03 left in the game erased a 21-17 San Diego advantage as the surprising Packers improved to 3-0 over the under-achieving Chargers (1-2).
It was Favre’s third TD pass of the game and lifted the rifle-armed quarterback to a career total of 420, tying him with former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino.
“I’m going to be totally honest with you -- I’m so glad we won, I couldn’t care less about that record today,” Favre told reporters.
“Everyone was over there celebrating and cheering and congratulating me, and I said ‘Look, this will mean nothing if we don’t win this game.’ That’s what it’s all about.”
The Packers duly notched up another victory.
“To come in and beat that team was amazing and to be 3-0,” Packers receiver Donald Driver, who caught Favre’s first TD pass of the day, told reporters.
“That’s a big accomplishment, my hat’s off to him,” Driver said. “He has one more to break it, so I’m hoping I can get that one.”
Joining the Packers among the NFL’s undefeated after three games were the Dallas Cowboys and three AFC powerhouses, the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Indianapolis overcame the previously unbeaten Houston Texans 30-24 and Pittsburgh pounded the 49ers 37-16 to hand San Francisco its first defeat.
New England overwhelmed the winless Buffalo Bills 38-7, and Dallas scored 31 second-half points to beat the Chicago Bears 34-10.
*The Philadelpia Eagles (1-2) soared into the win column with a 56-21 triumph over the Detroit Lions (2-1) behind the throwing of quarterback Donovan McNabb and catching of Kevin Curtis.
McNabb threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Curtis, who amassed 221 receiving yards.
Curtis tied an NFL record in the first half by gaining 205 yards on nine catches, including TD receptions of 68, 12, and 43 yards as the Eagles took a 42-21 lead by intermission.
*The Washington Redskins (2-1) lost for the first time, falling 24-17 to the previously winless New York Giants (1-2).
Plaxico Burress caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with less than six minutes to play as the Giants (1-2) scored 21 consecutive points.
*Also winning for the first time this season were the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.
Oakland’s Tommy Kelly blocked a last-second field goal attempt by Cleveland’s Phil Dawson to give the Raiders a 26-24 win. Dawson had made the kick on his first attempt, but a timeout by Oakland just before he booted the ball nullified the score and forced him to kick again.
The Jets beat the Miami Dolphins (0-3) 31-28 and Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings (1-2) 13-10.
Writing by Gene Cherry, in Raleigh, North Carolina
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