Consistency counts: San Francisco continues to struggle with its kicking game. This weeks, the Niners had to watch Todd Peterson, their third kicker of the season, miss from 28 yards in the first half to blow a golden scoring opportunity in the 49ers' 20-10 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday.
Meanwhile, since 1989, the Packers have employed just two kickers. The first in that span, Chris Jacke, was drafted in the Lindy Infante Era and served through Super Bowl XXXI championship, earning the Packers' all-time field goals made record of 173 along the way. The rookie that took over in 1997 just passed him up.
With his field goals from 38 and 37 yards Sunday, Ryan Longwell passed Jacke for first place on the all-time field goals made list with 174.
"It's weird because obviously I still look at them as light years ahead of where I should be," Longwell said. "I don't see my name fitting amongst the Paul Hornungs and Don Hutsons of the world, but maybe when we look back in 20 or 30 years or something it will take it's own place. But it's pretty special. For a kid from Bend, Ore., to be here in the record books is pretty neat."
Favre file: Brett Favre's 66-yard touchdown pass to WR Javon Walker made a big splash. It was a career-high for Walker, and the Packers' longest pass play of the season. The TD also extended Favre's touchdown skein to 20 games, second to Cecil Isbell's 22-game TD pass streak in 1941-42.
Favre connected with Robert Ferguson for a second TD, giving Favre 20 on the year. That makes it 10 years in a row with 20 or more TDs passes, tying Dan Marino's NFL record (1983-92).
Go Green: Ahman Green's 154-yard Sunday marked his 8th 100-yard game of the season and a new Packer record. The previous mark was shared by Green (2003, 2001) and Jim Taylor (1962).
The game was also Green's fourth consecutive 100-yarder, good for another Packer mark. Green pulled out of a tie with John Brockington (1971) and Dorsey Levens (1997), who shared the previous record with three straight.
A second-quarter carry pushed Green over the 5,000-yard rushing mark as a Packer. Green stands at 5,128 yards, second only to Taylor (8,207). Green, the third Packer with 1,000 carries and 5,000 yards, had reached the 5,000-yard mark for his overall career, including his 329 yards in Seattle, earlier this season.
Frequent flyer: The Green Bay running game may cover a lot of ground, but no one in the organization outdistanced Packers Radio Network play-by-play man Wayne Larivee this weekend.
Larivee, also the TV voice of the Chicago Bulls and an announcer for Big Ten football, started his slate of games Friday night with a late Bulls-Lakers game at Los Angeles' Staples Center. One red-eye flight later, and Larivee was ready to broadcast Northwestern's win over Illinois at Champaign, Ill. Less than 24 hours after the Wildcats wrapped it up, Larivee joined analyst Larry McCarren in the Lambeau Field broadcast booth.
Larivee has been with the Packers for three seasons, since coming over from the Bears' broadcast team in 2001.