Lions pick off Favre and Packers, win 27-20

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Brett Favre continued to make mistakes while Charlie Batch plays error-free football.
The Detroit defense torched Favre for three interceptions while Batch played like anything but a rookie in the Lions’ 27-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC game Thursday night.
“I never felt like Charlie wasn’t confident,” said Detroit coach Bobby Ross, who benched veteran Scott Mitchell in favor of Batch after just two games. “There are just things he needs to see that he continues to see.
“This is the third straight game he hasn’t turned the ball over. In this league, that’s something special.”
It was the second straight loss for the Packers (4-2) and dropped them further behind the Minnesota Vikings (5-0) in the division race. The Lions (2-4) fought back from a 10-0 deficit and outscored Green Bay 17-7 in the fourth quarter.
Batch, who was 16-of-19 for 218 yards without an interception, hooked up with fellow rookie Germane Crowell for a 68-yard touchdown pass play to take a 17-13 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter and Barry Sanders, who had 155 yards on 25 carries, sprinted 73 yards for another touchdown with 8:05 left.
“He (Batch) gives you an ability to do some things,” Ross said of his second-round draft pick out of Eastern Michigan. “You can move him in the pocket, you can sprint him some, you can boot it. It’s just very gratifying to have a young man like that to work with. I just love him.”
It was the third straight game in which Favre has thrown three interceptions. His third against Detroit set up Jason Hanson’s 36-yard field goal to ice the victory with 2:08 remaining.
Favre has thrown 17 interceptions against 14 touchdown passes in the Pontiac Silverdome. Last season, he also had an ugly day at the Silverdome, throwing three interceptions, including one from his knees that linebacker Reggie Brown returned for a score in a Detroit victory.