Grossman Enjoys Winning Moment Better than Stats

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Bears quarterback Rex Grossman didn't put up Brett Favre's type of numbers in Sunday's 21-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

He put up the letter Favre usually puts up, though -- the ``W.''

``The whole game we ran the ball well and played great defense and made some plays in our passing game,'' Grossman said. ``It wasn't solely on me to win the game or anything like that.

``I just wanted to make sure I managed the game and made plays when called upon.''

Grossman threw an interception three plays before the end of the first quarter with the Bears in scoring position at the Packers' 29. He overthrew Bobby Wade and the Packers' Darren Sharper picked it off at the Packers' 4.

Other than that, Grossman was efficient with 10-of-18 passing for 132 yards and a second-quarter TD pass to fullback Bryan Johnson.

Coach Lovie Smith was just happy Grossman left behind last week's disappointing loss, when he threw the game-deciding interception in the end zone. His ability to stay in the game mentally went a long way toward achieving his first road win as a starting quarterback.

``Just look what Rex went through last week,'' Smith said. ``We continued to talk about the good things Rex did last week.

``All quarterbacks go through something like what happened against Detroit. But Rex has been (able to move on) since Day 1.''

He won't have to leave the past behind this week.

``It feels a lot better than it did last week. That's for sure,'' Grossman said.

When someone tried to get Grossman to compare the game plan from Week 1 to the one in Game 2, he just laughed.

``I don't want to talk about last week. We won this game who cares?'' he said.

A NEW LIGHT
If the Packers weren't taking the Bears seriously going into the game, they may in the future.

``I'm not quite sure what their feelings were about the rivalry,'' Grossman said. ``But it's more of a rivalry now than it was Saturday.''

STROKE OF GENIUS?
The Bears had activated defensive lineman Israel Idonije for this game instead defensive end Alain Kashama and it turned out to be a stroke of luck.

Idonije can also play tackle, and when defensive tackle Alfonso Boone left with a knee sprain, Idonije saw playing time in the defensive tackle rotation.

NO STROKE OF GENIUS
Packers coach Mike Sherman decided against the standard field goal try with his team down by 11 and the ball at the Bears' 11. Brian Urlacher's pass rush then forced an incompletion and intentional grounding penalty that ended the game.

If the Packers got the field goal, they'd have been a TD and two-point conversion behind with an onside kick to come.

"I didn't think we had enough time," Sherman said. "They had been pretty good moving the football and obviously we'd have had to try the onside kick. But I was concerned that we were close and it was the best opportunity for a touchdown."

QUICK HITS
The crowd of 70,688 was the largest regular-season crowd in Lambeau Field history and second only to 71,457 for last year's Packer playoff game with Seattle. Brett Favre kept alive his consecutive TD pass streak, moving it to 27 straight games when he hit Robert Ferguson for an 18-yard TD with 1:46 left in the third quarter. That ranks fourth all time. It was the 25th straight game against the Bears that he's thrown for a TD -- an NFL record against one opponent. Packers running back Ahman Green tied Jim Taylor's team career record for 100-yard games at 26 with his 24-carry, 128-yard game.


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