Gridiron: Favre forced out with possible broken jaw
Published 01/11/2010 | 05:00
With barely a sign of a limp, Brett Favre last night extended his record consecutive starts streak to 292 games despite having two fractures in his left foot.
The 41-year-old quarterback suffered the injury in defeat to Green Bay last week but he took his place in the Minnesota Vikings line up for the game against the New England Patriots.
However, Favre was forced off the field in the final quarter of the Vikings' 28-18 defeat with a lacerated chin and suspected broken jaw which will again put his 'streak' serious doubt.
At Wembley, second-half fireworks spared the crowd from suffering through a Hallowe'en horror show as the San Francisco 49ers rallied to beat the Denver Broncos 24-16. After a miserable first half, the game came to life after the break with three quick touchdowns from the 49ers turning a 10-3 deficit into victory. In the NFL's fourth visit to Britain for a regular-season game, the two teams -- two of the worst in the league -- cancelled out one another's ineptitude for most of the game. But just when the 83,941 crowd were about to give up on them, the night came to life.
Stand-in 49ers quarterback Troy Smith ran in one touchdown before throwing for another, and Frank Gore, the 49ers workhorse all night, then got his reward with a score.