Game notes: Numbers still add up to loss

The 186 yards the Packers gave up to the Bears on the ground marked the most since the Vikings ran roughshod over Green Bay two years ago at Lambeau.<P> It hasn't been that long since the last time Sunday's leading rusher Thomas Jones left the Pack in his dust.<p>

Jones, who carried for 152 yards and a touchdown Sunday, beat up on the Packers the last time he faced them, although he was wearing a different uniform.

When he faced the Packers on Nov. 16, 2003 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones became the first player in franchise history to post two runs of 50-plus yards . Jones rushed for 134 yards on just 9 carries in that game, breaking runs of 51 and 61 yards. One important difference can't be overlooked, however. In that game Jones did not score a touchdown and the Packers prevailed 20-13.

Forgive and forget?

While thousands of Packer fans left with a bitter taste in their mouths, a little bit of animosity was evident even before the game's first score.

Fans let cornerback Mike McKenzie know they haven't forgiven his recently-ended holdout. Boos greeted McKenzie when he took the field the first time the Packers went to their dime package, playing a role handled last week by top draft pick Ahmad Carroll.

McKenzie finished with no tackles on one pass defensed during while he was on the field for fewer than a dozen plays.

Coach Mike Sherman said he was pleased with McKenzie's intial performance.

"I saw him have good coverage on our sideline," Sherman said. "I don't think they made any plays on him. I think he played pretty well. He was into the game, excited about playing. I have to look at the tape, I think he did pretty well." The sixth-year cornerback ended his 46-day holdout Wednesday but has not withdrawn his trade request.

Injury report

Defensive end Cletidus Hunt was assisted to the sideline in the fourth quarter after suffering bruised ribs. The injury is not considered serious, Sherman said.

"He's sore but he'll be okay," Sherman said.

The coach reported that Hunt was the only new injury coming out of Sunday's loss.

LB Hannibal Navies aggravated his shoulder injury, Sherman said.

"He went into the game with a sore shoulder and came out of the game with the same shoulder," Sherman said. "It certainly didn't get any better during the game, so I'm sure we'll have to deal with that this week."

Another game, another record

Favre's third-quarter touchdown pass put a few more pages in his record book:

*Favre established a new NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass against a single opponent. His 18-yard strike to Robert Ferguson was 25th against the Chicago Bears. That broke a tie for the record with Dan Marino who had 24 career touchdown passes vs. the Jets.

*That's not only a streak, it's a constant. Over 25 career games vs. the Bears, Favre is 20-5 and has thrown a TD pass in every game.

*Favre's career TD total against Chicago is now 49.

*Favre moved into a tie with Chris Chandler on the NFL's all-time list of consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The QB's streak stands at 27, tying him with Chandler. Favre remains in fourth place as Peyton Manning, who came into this week with 27, moved into fourth all alone with as his streak to grew to 28 with a pair of TD passes in Indianpolis' win over Tennessee.

Longwell moves into history

Ryan Longwell became the Packers all-time leader in two categories Sunday.

Longwell's missed field goal in the second quarter was his 225th attempt, which gives him the most in team history. Chris Jacke had 224 attempts from 1989-1996.

He tied the record on his previous attempt, a 25-yard field goal to cap the Packers' opening drive.

Longwell's miss came from the same distance as the miss last year which broke his 14-FG streak last season.

Longwell's extra point after the Packers only touchdown put him in first all-time in Packers' history at 302. Longwell had been tied with Jacke at 301. The PAT also pulled Longwell to within one of Jacke for most PAT attempts. Longwell stands at 305.

The kicker's consecutive PAT streak stands at 109, the third longest streak in team history. His last miss was a blocked attempt Dec. 23, 2001 vs. Cleveland. He has a way to go to match Jacke's streak of 134 consecutive PAT, but his career pace dictates that he could break that mark around the midway point of this season.

Green had 103 yards by halftime and finished the game with 128 yards on 24 carries.

Good news-Bad news

While RB Ahman Green would be the first to say that no statistic can atone for the game-changing fumble, he did achieve a notable milestone: Sunday marked his 26th 100-yard game, tying him with Jim Taylor for first all-time in Packers' history.

Sharper adds pick

Safety Darren Sharper intercepted a Rex Grossman pass intended for Bobby Wade inside the Packers' five yard line.The play marked Sharper's 33rd interception as a Packer, Sharper tying him with Irv Comp for fifth all-time in the franchise's history. The leaders are Bobby Dillon (52), Willie Wood (48), Herb Adderley (39) and LeRoy Butler (38).

Disturbing trend

The Packers have lost back-to-back home openers for the first time since 1991-1992. Green Bay fell last year to Minnesota 30-25 on Sept. 7 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates. The Packers lost to the Eagles 20-3 on in Lindy Infante's final Lambeau opener on Sept .1, 1991, then the Vikings ruined Mike Holmgren's head coaching debut with a 23-20 overtime loss in the home opener on Sept. 6, 1992.

Record crowd

Sunday's paid attendance was 70,688, a new Lambeau Field regular-season record. The previous mark was 70,505 set at last year's home opener vs. the Vikings. Last year's attendance for the playoff game vs. Seattle was 71,457.


Safety Mark Roman: "We'll bounce back. Going into Indianapolis next week, I feel a lot better about going into it with the Packers than I ever did with the Bengals."

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