Final

49ers 10

(5-6, 0-5 away)

Packers 20

(6-5, 3-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 0 3 7 010
GB 7 10 0 320

RB gains 154 yards

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Ahman Green gets the records and most of the yards but humbly shares the credit.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the 49ers: Will this loss swing support back into Jeff Garcia's favor?
Quarterback Tim Rattay should receive another opportunity to play because it'll allow Garcia more time to recover from his injuries. Too often we've seen injured players return too quickly and hurt their teams. Rattay's performance has allowed Garcia the chance to recover fully. Despite Rattay's poor play this week, he's done a fine job replacing Garcia overall.

Question on the Packers: With a relatively easy schedule (at Lions, vs. Bears, at Chargers, at Raiders, vs. Broncos) coming up, are the Packers playoff bound?
With that schedule, the Packers have a very good opportunity to make the playoffs, but they are going to have to continue running the ball successfully. Also, they must stop making careless mistakes and turning the ball over if they want to make a successful playoff run.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Green ran through San Francisco's stingy run defense for 154 yards on 27 carries in the Packers' 20-10 victory Sunday.

When he was winded, the Packers lost little with backups Najeh Davenport and Tony Fisher, who combined for 87 yards on 17 carries.

"I consider it a 1-2-3 punch," coach Mike Sherman said.

Although Green is the NFC's leading rusher, both Davenport (6.3) and Fisher (5.7) have higher averages than Green's 5.2 yards per carry.

"Najeh's 250 pounds and just as fast as I am," Green said. "I told both of them in training camp that they'd be a big part of this. I keep telling them that they're just as important to the offense as I am."

The Packers gained 243 yards on 48 carries for a 5.1-yard average that would have been higher had Brett Favre not taken a knee three times at the end. That's their heaviest reliance on the run since Oct. 4, 1981, when they ran 49 times against the New York Giants.

"No wonder I'm sore," center Mike Flanagan said. "Hey, when it's clicking, it's clicking. It didn't matter who we put back there, those guys were all running hard and making the right cuts."

Green set franchise records with his fourth straight 100-yard game and his eighth of the season. He also surpassed John Brockington as the second-leading rusher in team history, trailing only Jim Taylor.

Green Bay won despite losing safety Darren Sharper (bruised ribs) and linebacker Nick Barnett (ankle) early in the third quarter.

The Packers (6-5) beat the Niners (5-6) for the 10th time in 11 tries behind Favre, who threw two touchdown passes, including a 66-yarder to Javon Walker. That gave Favre at least 20 TDs for the 10th straight season, tying Dan Marino's NFL record.

The Niners' fourth-ranked run defense had allowed just one 100-yard game this season, to Arizona's Marcel Shipp. But San Francisco's undersized front seven was no match for Green.

"He's great," San Francisco linebacker Jeff Ulbrich said. "He's got a little bit of everything. He's strong, he's fast, patient, smart. Obviously, he exploited us today."

Favre, who fumbled three times in a downpour against Philadelphia two weeks ago when the tape covering his broken right thumb got slippery, threw three interceptions in a misty rain despite having practiced with wet footballs during the week.

The 49ers failed to capitalize on the first two before converting his third pickoff into points. Terrell Owens caught a 24-yard pass from Tim Rattay in broken coverage on fourth down to pull San Francisco to 17-10 late in the third quarter.

Owens blew past cornerback Al Harris and safety Marques Anderson, who replaced Sharper and was playing too shallow.

Ryan Longwell's 37-yard field goal with 7:44 left gave Green Bay a 20-10 lead. His 174th field goal broke Chris Jacke's club record.

"It was nice to have it mean something, to put the game away," Longwell said.

Antuan Edwards intercepted Rattay's throw at midfield with 6:08 left and the Packers ran out the clock behind their great ground game.

The 49ers picked off two passes to Bubba Franks deep in Green Bay territory in the first half but self-destructed both times.

Todd Peterson hit the left upright on a 28-yard field goal attempt after Zach Bronson's pickoff put the Niners at the Green Bay 23.

And San Francisco had to punt after committing two penalties following Tony Parrish's interception at the Green Bay 22. The Packers then drove 83 yards in 10 plays for Robert Ferguson's 16-yard touchdown catch that made it 14-0.

"It just killed us to get no points," 49ers coach Dennis Erickson said.

Favre completed just 10-of-15 passes for 138 yards, and the Packers improved to 6-1 when he throws for less than 200 yards.

Favre, who's gone 19 games without a 300-yard performance, said he doesn't mind watching the Packers go from a passing team to a pounding one.

"From my standpoint, it's fun to watch our offensive line," Favre said. "I would hate to be a defensive linemen against our guys. If one of our offensive linemen don't get you, one of our backs will."

Game notes


Favre's 10 completions were his fewest since Oct. 17, 1999. His 66-yard TD to Walker was his longest completion of the year and Walker's longest of his career. ... The 49ers are 0-5 on the road for the first time since going 0-8 in 1979. ... DT Bryant Young (right knee), CB Mike Rumph (left ankle), LT Travis Kirschke (left ankle), G Ron Stone (aggravated left hamstring) and his replacement, Dwayne Ledford (right ankle) all got hurt for San Francisco. Rumph had the 49ers' third interception. ... DT Kenny Peterson (right knee) and cornerback Al Harris (neck stinger) also got hurt for Green Bay.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
San Francisco
Green Bay
1st Downs1318
3rd down efficiency
3-128-15
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Yards192379
Yards per play3.55.9
Total Drives20
Passing119136
Comp-Att
14-3010-15
Yards per pass
4.09.1
Interceptions thrown
13
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-231-2
Rushing73243
Rushing Attempts
2148
Yards per rush
3.55.1
Penalties6-454-40
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
13
Possession25:1734:43

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rattay14/301424.7114-23
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre10/151389.2231-2

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hearst16593.7022
Barlow4184.506
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green271545.7024
Davenport11625.6025

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens5499.8124
Wilson34314.3020
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker16666.0166
Driver4317.809

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSFGB
TD3:29JAVON WALKER 66 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 71 yds, 1:35
07
SECOND QUARTERSFGB
TD7:00ROBERT FERGUSON 16 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 10 plays, 83 yds, 5:39
014
FG13:00TODD PETERSON 24 YD
Drive: 14 plays, 54 yds, 6:00
314
FG15:00RYAN LONGWELL 38 YD
Drive: 6 plays, 37 yds, 2:00
317
THIRD QUARTERSFGB
TD13:27TERRELL OWENS 24 YD PASS FROM TIM RATTAY (TODD PETERSON KICK)
Drive: 7 plays, 71 yds, 1:45
1017
FOURTH QUARTERSFGB
FG7:16RYAN LONGWELL 37 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 28 yds, 4:23
1020