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Well-rested Pack pounds Pats as if it were the Super Bowl

Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren took a big gamble by giving the Packers an entire week off in the middle of the season.

It worked.New England coach Pete Carroll took a big gamble when he called three consecutive passes after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

It didn't.

With the extra week to recover from a clavicle injury, Dorsey Levens ran for 100 yards and scored two touchdowns Monday night to help Green Bay beat the Patriots 28-10 in a rematch of January's Super Bowl.

"I wanted them to get away from football for a while," Holmgren said of his unprecedented decision not to practice during the bye week. "They had a little more jump, a little more enthusiasm. I hope we can build on that."

Brett Favre completed 23 of 34 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns, breaking Bart Starr's team record with his 1,828th completion. He marched the Packers (6-2) 75 yards to a touchdown in the second quarter and 85 yards to ice it in the fourth.

But the biggest of all was a 99-yard drive in the third quarter after Green Bay stumped the Patriots (5-3) on a first-and-goal from the 1.

"That goal-line stand, we're going to be talking about that for a long time," Packers safety Eugene Robinson said. "They took (four) shots at the end zone and they got nothing."

After a 9-yard pass to Terry Glenn put New England two feet from the end zone, Curtis Martin was stopped for no gain on first down. Patriots coach Pete Carroll called three consecutive passes; all were incomplete.

"The turning point of the game was at the goal line. ... Things were going nice for us but we screwed things up," Carroll said. "That didn't have to be a turning point, but it was because we couldn't respond and stop them on defense."

Holmgren declined to second-guess his counterpart.

"They know what they do best," he said. "I'm not going to comment on their signal-calling."

Drew Bledsoe completed 20 of 36 passes for 268 yards and connected with Ben Coates on an 11-yard touchdown to make it 7-7 early in the second quarter. Bledsoe also threw three interceptions.

"What this game boils down to, from my standpoint, is that at the start of both halves we drove the ball downfield and failed to come away with points," Bledsoe said, referring to the goal-line stand and also a Martin fumble that stymied New England's first possession.

"There's no reason this team shouldn't score a touchdown with four plays from the 1 yard-line. That was very frustrating."

Glenn had seven catches for a career-high 163 yards, and Adam Vinatieri made his 22nd consecutive field goal, a 38-yarder that gave New England its only lead, 10-7, with 2:12 to go in the first half. The Packers answered with Favre's 32-yard pass to Mark Chmura with 22 seconds left in the half.

After stopping New England at the 1, Favre led the Packers on a 17-play drive, scrambling to pick up 16 yards on a third-and-12 from the Patriots' 36. He hit Brooks on the next play to make it 21-10 with 15 seconds left in the third.

Levens, who caught a 6-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the first, ran nine times for 54 yards during a seven-minute, 15-play, 85-yard drive, running it in from 3 yards out to make it 28-10 with 2:46 left in the game.

It was the largest margin of victory of the season for the Packers, who had won four of their previous five games - but none by more than six points. And it even topped Green Bay's 35-21 victory in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl winners are now 4-1 in games they've played the following season against the teams they beat for the title. But both teams agreed that this game was nothing like January's.

"It wasn't the Super Bowl," Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman said. "It's Monday night football. It's not the last game of the season."