GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Ahman Green gets the records and most of
the yards but humbly shares the credit.
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
"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
"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
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.
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,"
Antuan Edwards intercepted Rattay's throw at midfield with 6:08
left and the Packers ran out the clock behind their great ground
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
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
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
"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
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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