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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Like a North Woods explorer, Brett Favre keeps charting new territory, dragging his Green Bay Packers along with him.

On Monday night, it was NFL start No. 200 in a row.

Favre's record streak of starts counting playoffs moved to 219, which is almost 100 more than Ron Jaworski's previous NFL quarterback mark of 123.

When he threw his first of three touchdown passes in a 45-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams, it marked his 11th straight season of 20 or more touchdown passes, breaking the NFL record of 10 held by Dan Marino.

It also was his 36th straight game with a touchdown pass, as close to the record 47 by Johnny Unitas as anyone has come. Favre completed 18 of 27 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

"After the introduction -- I was not aware of all the hoopla leading up to it -- there was a lot of pressure to perform," Favre said. "I really looked at this game as just another important game, one we needed to win. I didn't need all the added attention."

The Packers kept pace with the 7-4 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. The 5-6 Rams trail the 6-5 Seattle Seahawks in the weak NFC West.

Marc Bulger passed for 448 yards, a record against the Packers, but three turnovers -- Isaac Bruce fumbled twice and both were returned for touchdowns -- a running game that netted only 47 yards and a rushing defense that allowed Najeh Davenport to roll for 178 yards in 19 carries doomed the Rams.

Favre's playing streak began Sept. 27, 1992, when he subbed for an injured Don Majkowski. He has joined baseball's Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only athletes in a major sport to start every game for the same team for 12 or more seasons.

Favre also has endured enough family strife over the last 11 months to test any athlete, starting with the death of his father Irv last Dec. 21.

His wife Deanna was in attendance only a week after undergoing her first of several scheduled chemotherapy sessions to treat breast cancer. Favre's mother Bonita was recently hospitalized during a book tour and brother-in-law Casey Tynes was killed in October in an ATV accident.

"My wife, she said one time, 'See life through the front windshield, not the rearview mirror.' I thought that was a great comment," Favre said.

"I'm just so happy for his 200th start to be his 132nd victory," coach Mike Sherman said.

McNair hurting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- To be clear, Steve McNair never used the word retirement.

But the co-MVP of 2003 sent a clear message that he's hurting, and this time the physical pain mixed with losing has the Tennessee quarterback ready to think about quitting.

"I feel like at this point in time you have to take a hard look at it," McNair said after a 31-21 loss to Houston on Sunday that ended the Titans' playoff hopes.

"Back in the days, I used to play and play well when I was hurt, but at the same time it has taken a toll. I just have to look at it and evaluate myself, but I'm going to continue to work hard this season and do the best I can do to try and win five ballgames."

Coach Jeff Fisher spoke with his quarterback Sunday night and again Monday and feels McNair, who turns 32 on Feb. 14, was simply frustrated.

"I know how he feels. When you go from where he was last year to the situation that we are in as a team, there's frustration. And then you add the physical issues with him, I was not surprised whatsoever. He does not like losing," Fisher said.

Cards turn to Navarre

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals have yet another starting quarterback, this one a rookie.

John Navarre will become Arizona's third starting quarterback in the last four games when the Cardinals play the Lions in Detroit on Sunday. The seventh-round draft pick never has taken a snap in an NFL game.

Coach Dennis Green benched Shaun King after two starts and elevated Navarre over Josh McCown, who had the job for the first nine games.

Around the league

* Jets quarterback Chad Pennington, who has missed the last three weeks with a strained right rotator cuff, is questionable for Sunday against Houston. Shaun Ellis signed a six-year deal to stay with Jets.

* Jeff George, who signed a one-year deal with Chicago, will be the backup to Chad Hutchinson, who will make his first start in two years against Minnesota on Sunday.

* Denver cornerback Lenny Walls was lost for the season after he dislocated his shoulder for the third time in the last 10 weeks.

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