SEATTLE (AP) – It took a blast of rare Seattle snow to lift Shaun Alexander out of his season-long hibernation.

Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards Monday night to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 34-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre on a surprisingly snowy night in the Great Northwest.

With the white stuff falling for the first time at a Seattle home game, it seemed like a more natural setting for the Packers. Favre, who rarely loses when the temperature is 34 degrees or less, was making his 252nd straight start – and possibly his final appearance on the Monday-night stage he has lit up over his shining career.

Instead, the evening belonged to Alexander, who skated across this new frozen tundra for his first 100-yard game of the season and showed that his broken left foot is feeling much better.

The Seahawks (7-4) overcame four first-half turnovers by Matt Hasselbeck – including one returned for a touchdown by Abdul Hodge – thanks to a four field goals off the snowy turf by Josh Brown. Seattle took a two-game lead in the NFC West.

Trailing 21-12 early in the second half, Seattle began its comeback behind Alexander, who finished the night with a career-high 40 rushes that also set a franchise record. The reigning MVP, who posted the second 200-yard game of his career, also bested his previous high of 35 carries.

He ran for 42 yards on four carries to drive Seattle to its go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter.

Hasselbeck ended that drive with a perfectly lofted, 4-yard touchdown pass onto the hands of Darrell Jackson for a 27-21 lead.

After Green Bay (4-7) cut the deficit to three, Alexander got the Seahawks close, then Hasselbeck made the best throw of his up-and-down night – a 3-yard touchdown to Jerramy Stevens in the back of the end zone to make it 34-24 and essentially put the game away.

Hasselback, returning after a four-week layoff with a sprained right knee, finished 17-for-36 for 157 yards and three touchdowns to offset his three interceptions.

Favre fell to 17-15 on Monday nights and 3-2 against his old coach, Mike Holmgren, who helped turn the gunslinging quarterback into a star and combined with Favre for Green Bay’s Super Bowl title in 1996.

Green Bay was shut out last week by New England 35-0. Favre was knocked out of that game with an injured elbow and wrist, but felt well enough to start Monday.

The 16th-year veteran had flashes of brilliance – like the perfectly thrown slant he threw to Donald Driver for a 48-yard touchdown in the third quarter – but otherwise, this was a struggle. The scoring throw was Favre’s 410th touchdown pass, putting him 10 away from tying Dan Marino for the NFL record.

Favre finished 22-for-36 for 266 yards with three interceptions – a season high. The first was a force intended for the well-covered Bubba Franks after the Packers moved into good field position in the first quarter.

The next two came with Green Bay in comeback mode – one an overthrow intended for Chris Francies that Marcus Trufant intercepted, and the second an underthrow that resulted in Kelly Jennings’ first career pick with 3:46 to go. Favre showed none of his trademark fire after that one – simply walking off the field.

Notes: The Seahawks’ previous high for rushing attempts was 36, set by Chris Warren. … Favre lost for the ninth time in 50 games played with the temperature 34 or below.

AP-ES-11-28-06 0003EST


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