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Favre throws 3 TDs as Packers top Seahawks

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre somehow spun free from the Seahawks' clutches and stumbled ahead in the snow. Ever the gambler, he flipped a wobbly, underhanded pass that he had no business trying, let alone completing.

'That's right!' he shouted.

Sure was, for Favre and the NFC championship-bound Green Bay Packers.

With Lambeau Field looking like a snowglobe, Favre frolicked in the flurries, throwing three touchdown passes as the Packers beat Seattle 42-20 Saturday, the highest-scoring postseason game in Packers' history.

This must have been the scene the 38-year-old three-time NFL MVP imagined when he decided to postpone retirement and try for another Super Bowl ring.

Ryan Grant made history, too, recovering from two fumbles that put the Packers down 14-0 after only four minutes to set a Packers' postseason record with 201 yards rushing. He scored three times and Greg Jennings caught a pair of TD tosses.

Favre tied his personal best for touchdown strikes in a postseason game. His most memorable pass, though, was his crazy toss that set up another score.

In the months ahead, Wisconsin might again become a wonderland - will Favre come back again? - but for now, fans are guaranteed at least one more game.

The Packers (14-3) will take on the winner of today's game between the New York Giants and Dallas. If the Cowboys win, they'll host Green Bay; if the Giants win, they'll visit Lambeau.

Green Bay beat the Giants this season and lost to the Cowboys. Favre would certainly prefer to stay home - he's 0-9 lifetime at Dallas.

Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks (11-7) hoped to reverse what happened the last time they were in town for the playoffs. In January 2004, the teams went to overtime and, after winning the coin toss, Hasselbeck boldly proclaimed: 'We want the ball and we're going to score!'

It didn't quite work out that way as Al Harris soon intercepted Hasselbeck's pass and returned it for a 52-yard TD. In fact, a picture of the play is posted right outside the Packers' locker room.

Favre joined Joe Montana as the lone players to pass for more than 5,000 yards in the postseason. Earlier this week, Favre admitted he was disappointed that he hadn't performed better in some playoff games - in fact, he had lost four of his previous five, throwing 13 interceptions in that span.