12:30 PM ET, January 13, 2002
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre griped at halftime about the way his talent was being wasted. Then he went back out and did something about it.The Green Bay Packers heeded their quarterback's call to open up the passing game, and they scored 19 points in the second half of a 25-15 victory over San Francisco in the wild-card playoffs Sunday.
The Packers need to find a way to stop Marshall Faulk, and they need to get pressure on Kurt Warner with their front four. The secondary will need to play extremely well and they'll have to tackle well. If the Packers can take the run away from the Rams, that should help their pass rush.
Green Bay also must try to create turnovers. If the Packers don't get turnovers, there's no way they can win (the Rams had 14 turnovers in their two losses this season). But I don't think the Packers' D has the speed to match up with the Rams' offense.
Question on the 49ers: What do the 49ers need to do in the offseason to take the next step?
Basically, the Niners need to build on the success and confidence they've established this season. They're on the right track. Steve Mariucci has done a tremendous job putting all the pieces together.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
|Brett Favre's two touchdown passes against the 49ers gives him 11 straight playoff games with at least one TD pass, second on the all-time list. Favre had been tied with a pair of Bay Area legends, and he now trails only future Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino, who threw TD passes in 13 consecutive postseason games.|
Favre threw his first interception in 115 passes. ... Green finished with 86 yards on 21 rushes, Freeman (six receptions for 84 yards) extended his team record with his fourth straight playoff game with a TD and Dorsey Levens set a Packers record with a catch in his 12th straight playoff game. ... It was 28 degrees at kickoff.