American Football: Favre sets sights on Marino record after 400th touchdown

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Brett Favre, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, may be in the twilight of his career, but he is still capable of assaults on the record books, as he showed in his side's 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Favre threw three touchdowns, the first of which, a 75-yarder to Greg Jennings, put him in illustrious company. It was the 400th touchdown of a distinguished career, a mark eclipsed only by the legendary Miami pass master Dan Marino, who hit 420. In possibly his last season, Favre may well eclipse Marino's mark, especially as he still has 13 games to go.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms had his spleen removed after it was ruptured during the game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Remarkably, Simms left the game at the end of the third quarter and went to the locker room, but returned a few minutes later and played the rest of the fourth quarter.

He led Tampa Bay to a 24-23 lead late in the game, though Carolina won 26-24 thanks to a 46-yard field goal by John Kasay with two seconds left.

Another quarterback to shine was Washington's veteran, Mark Brunell. The Redskins had struggled during the first two games of the season, managing a single touchdown. Against the Houston Texans, however, Brunell was close to perfect, establishing an all-time NFL record by completing his first 22 pass attempts. Washington prevailed 31-15.