4:15 PM ET, December 15, 2002
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brett Favre fought through the biting winds and whipping rain one last time to shake Steve Mariucci's hand in the middle of Candlestick Park."That one could have gone either way,'' Favre told his former quarterbacks coach in Green Bay.
The Packers went on the road and played a solid, balanced game. Brett Favre threw for 200-plus yards, the running game accounted for 100-plus yards, and the defense did enough to contain Terrell Owens. The Packers aren't at their best when Favre has to throw 40 or 50 times. They're at their best when they play a balanced game. With two games left, if Philly or Tampa Bay slips and the Packers get home-field advantage, there's no advantage like Green Bay's.
Question on the Niners: At this point, do you see them going deep in the playoffs?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Mariucci on Owens' celebration: "I love seeing Terrell celebrating in the end zone. Nobody does it better.'' ... Green Bay NT Gilbert Brown and LT Earl Dotson were last-minute scratches with injuries, while CB Ahmed Plummer didn't play for San Francisco. ... The 49ers scored in their 400th straight game, extending their own NFL record.