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Peter King
December 24, 2001
?WORD ASSOCIATIONWith the Packers' Brett Favre, three-time league MVP and NFL record holder for consecutive starts by a quarterback, with 154
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December 24, 2001

The Football Beat

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Favre: Easy. The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet.

SI: Leisure.

Favre: We get home from the Monday night game in Jacksonville at 5:15 in the morning, and I get up at 8:30 that day, our off day, to play golf with Doug Pederson and a few guys. Next day, Mike gives us off till one, so I'm up at 4:30 to go deer hunting. We hunt till 11. Know how many deer I saw? Zero. Am I nuts or what?

?MATCH GAME
Tony Dungy versus job security...and a tough home stretch
"Every game's a playoff game for us now," Bucs wideout Keyshawn Johnson said recently, fully aware that the job of his coach, Dungy, is dependent on how his team finishes. History suggests that it would be wise for the Bucs to win their last three (this Sunday against the Saints, Dec. 29 against the Ravens and Jan. 6 against the Eagles) and stay in contention for a wild card, even if it's on the road. Under Dungy in the playoffs Tampa Bay is 2-0 at home, 0-3 on the road. A first-round game at Philadelphia, Chicago or Green Bay would be deadly for this team and, likely, its coach.

?HISTORY BOOK
Jan. 2, 1982: The Chargers win one of the great games of all time
In 1995, when San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, someone asked him if he still got asked questions about the 41-38 overtime playoff win over the Dolphins. "It's all people want to talk to me about," he said with a laugh. The Chargers led Miami 24-0 after one quarter. It was 31—all after three periods, 38—all after regulation. Not only did Winslow catch 13 passes for 166 yards, but with four seconds left he also made a game-saving block of a field goal attempt by Uwe von Schamann. Because of the humidity and the 87� heat, Winslow repeatedly left the game with cramps, and two teammates had to help him off the field when it was over. "It's the closest to death I've ever been," he said afterward.

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