The Packers look to rebound from another close defeat as they host the New Orleans Saints.
Favre threw two touchdown passes and converted two 2-point conversions in the fourth quarter Monday night, but Green Bay’s comeback fell short in a 32-29 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Packers drove to the Carolina 41-yard line with just over a minute remaining, but on fourth-and-2, Favre’s pass to Donald Driver was broken up.
Green Bay, which hasn’t started 0-5 since 1988, has dropped its last three games by a total of six points.
“It’s hard to express in words how disappointed I am. I left it all on the field,” said Favre, who extended the NFL record for quarterbacks by making his 209th consecutive start. “I’ve never been 0-4, but it’s a hand we’ve been dealt.”
Monday’s loss was costly as the Packers sustained significant injuries.
Murphy’s injury was the scariest as he temporarily lost feeling in his extremities after a helmet-to-helmet hit with Panthers safety Thomas Davis. He had movement in his limbs by the time he was taken from the stadium, but there is no timetable for his return.
Flanagan is sidelined indefinitely with a strained abdominal muscle, while Clifton (sprained left ankle) and Green (sprained right knee) also could miss this game. Tight end Bubba Franks, who missed the last two contests after playing in all 86 games since being selected in the first round of the 2000 draft, could return from a knee injury.
New Orleans finally played its first real “home” game and snapped a two-game losing streak as John Carney kicked four field goals in a 19-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the Alamodome in San Antonio last Sunday.
The Saints have three more games scheduled for the Alamodome and four others at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., with the Superdome in New Orleans unusable after being damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans was considered the home team in a Week 2 loss to the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.
The Saints played last week without receiver Joe Horn, a vocal critic of the league’s decision to play the Sept. 19 game at Giants Stadium. With Horn sidelined with a hamstring injury, Donte’ Stallworth had eight receptions for a career-high 129 yards.
It was just the second game Horn missed since joining the Saints in 2000, but he helped out by giving encouragement and instructions to Stallworth and the other receivers.
“Joe’s into the game, and he was trying to help out these young receivers when they came to the sidelines,” Saints coach Jim Haslett said. “And Donte’ stepped up big. Joe is the leader of the group and Donte’ is the disciple. He follows him around everywhere he goes.”
While Horn may return against Green Bay, the Saints could use another solid game from Deuce McAllister. The running back had 102 of his 130 rushing yards in the second half, when New Orleans held Buffalo scoreless.
Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks, selected in the fourth round of the 1999 draft by the Packers, will be playing at Green Bay for the first time.
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