The Green Bay Packers are trying to leave Tampa Bay and Philadelphia out in the cold in the race for homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Brett Favre and the Packers fought off Minnesota 26-22 on Sunday night at frigid Lambeau Field to improve to 7-0 at home and keep pace with the Buccaneers and Eagles at 10-3.

Favre is 34-0 in home games when the temperature at kickoff is 34 or lower. It was 11 degrees at the start Sunday and quickly dipped into single digits.

After Green Bay's comeback victory, the teams brawled in front of the Vikings' bench while Favre and Chris Hovan nearly got into it near the Packers' tunnel.

Hovan said he just wanted to shake Favre's hand, but Favre taunted the Minnesota player while surrounded by coaches.

"I think he wanted to see our locker room," Favre said. "He may have wanted a piece of me. But he's too big for me."

Favre said he didn't say anything disparaging to Hovan, with whom he jawed three weeks ago in Minneapolis. Hovan disagreed.

"Yes, he did disrespect me," Hovan said. "What do you think I'll be thinking about all offseason?"

The Packers (10-3) took the lead for the first time on rookie Tony Fisher's 14-yard touchdown run with 1:06 left.

Tampa Bay and Philadelphia are fighting to stay away from Green Bay in the playoffs.

The Bucs contained Atlanta star Michael Vick in a 34-10 home victory, while the Eagles got 100 yards rushing from Duce Staley and another consistent effort from third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley in a 27-20 win in Seattle.

San Francisco (9-4) clinched its first NFC West title since 1997 with a 31-27 victory over Dallas, and Oakland took control of the AFC West race with a 27-7 victory over San Diego, the Raiders' fifth straight victory.

One team that won't be going to the playoffs is St. Louis (5-8). The defending NFC champions lost to Kansas City 49-10, and were eliminated from the playoff race.

Arizona and Detroit played the 21st overtime game of the season, tying the NFL record set in 1985. There has been at least one OT game in 11 of the 14 weeks, and there were four on Oct. 20.

Eagles 27, Seahawks 20

At Seattle, Staley ran for 100 yards, and Feeley threw for 190 yards and two TDs as the Eagles won their fourth straight.

Philadelphia is 3-0 without starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has a broken right ankle.

Matt Hasselbeck passed for 223 yards with two TDs for the Seahawks (4-9).

The Seahawks (4-9) trimmed the margin to 27-20 on Hasselbeck's 11-yard pass to Jerramy Stevens with 45 seconds to play, but the Eagles recovered Seattle's onside kick and ran out the clock.

Seattle outgained Philadelphia 367-316, but that was aided by a late push.


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