Packers Report Card

Here are the grades assigned to the Green Bay Packers in the wake of their 20-17 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday in an NFC Divisional playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field:<p>

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Brett Favre threw dazzling touchdown passes of 40 and 17 yards to Robert Ferguson with backup cornerback Sheldon Brown in coverage. He also threw a jump ball to Javon Walker for 44 yards that set up a field goal and played mistake-free football. Until overtime, that is. That's when Favre badly overthrew Walker on a sideline route. Brian Dawkins intercepted and the Eagles won.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Packers piled up 210 yards in 37 carries, including a club playoff-record 156 by Ahman Green in 25 trips. The offensive line gradually dominated the smaller Eagles. Still, the Eagles refused to break. They stopped two runs by the Packers inside their 2 before the half when they failed to score. T Mark Tauscher blew the block on DT Corey Simon on fourth and inches inside the 1.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- Donovan McNabb was the player of the game, throwing two touchdown passes and compiling a rating of 90.5. He hit Todd Pinkston behind S Marques Anderson for 45 yards to set up a touchdown. Later, he avoided sacks by DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and DT Cletidus Hunt, scrambled and hit Pinkston for a 12-yard touchdown. Finally, he found Freddie Mitchell for 28 on fourth and 26 against an umbrella defense to set up the tying field goal in OT.

RUSH DEFENSE: D-minus -- Brian Westbrook wasn't on the field but the Eagles still mustered 164 yards in 25 carries. Late in regulation, Duce Staley broke a 22-yard run. Donovan McNabb set a playoff record for quarterbacks with 107 yards rushing on 11 carries. Containment was poor and tackling wasn't much better.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Ryan Longwell made a short field goal and kicked off well. Josh Bidwell averaged 41.9 yards on seven punts. With a chance to pin the Eagles deep at the end of regulation, he hit a touchback. James Thrash averaged 25 yards on five kickoff returns. The Packers had two penalties on returns.

COACHING: D -- Mike Sherman made a terrible decision not going for it on fourth and less than a yard at the Eagles' 41 at the end of regulation. The Packers already had driven about 50 yards against a rapidly tiring defense. Ahman Green has been one of the NFL's premier short-yardage backs since he was in Seattle. Instead, Sherman relied on his defense and punter, which was a misguided notion all the way. Somehow, McNabb was able to beat Ed Donatell's prevent defense for a 28-yard completion on fourth and 26 at the end of regulation.

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