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Favre throws four touchdown passes to sweep series with Pack

Through a chorus of boos and a smattering of cheers, Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes in his return to Green Bay.

And the Minnesota Vikings took a two-and-a-half game lead in the NFC North Division with a 38-26 win over the Packers Sunday.

Favre completed 17 of 28 passes for 244 yards. It was the 21st time he threw for at least four TDs in a game, tying Dan Marino for the NFL record in that department.

Favre said he expected the boos. But after playing 16 years in Green Bay, he said he knows deep down inside how the fans really feel.

The Packers almost came back from a 24-3 third quarter deficit, scoring 17 unanswered points to get to within four.

But the Vikings made it 31-20 early in the fourth quarter when Favre threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Dugan. Green Bay came back with another score, but Favre hit Bernard Berrian with a 16-yard touchdown strike for the exclamation point.

Minnesota swept the Packers in their season series for the first time since 2005. The Vikings improved to 7-1, while the Packers dropped to 4-3.

Green Bay plays at Tampa Bay next Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers completed 26-41 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, two to Spencer Havner, but Rodgers was sacked six more times.

He was also Green Bay's leading rusher with 52 yards, as the Viking defense held Ryan Grant to just 30 yards.

Adrian Peterson ran for 97 yards and a TD for the Vikes. Ahman Green returned kickoffs in his Packers' debut, and he returned seven for 141 yards.

Rookie Percy Harvin returned five kickoffs for 175 yards.

And he caught five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Greg Jennings was the Pack's leading receiver with eight catches for 88 yards and a score. Green Bay had just 47 yards of total offense in the first half, their lowest since 1999. But the Pack ended up with a respectable 351 total yards, just four fewer than Minnesota.