Ecstasy and agony for Walker

This was exactly what the Packers hoped they'd get when they selected Javon Walker in the first round of the 2002 draft. This is exactly what the Packers expected after Walker ended last season strong and then dominated training camp.

Walker had a monster game Sunday at Indianapolis, setting career highs with 11 catches, 198 yards and three explosive touchdowns. All of it, however, was marred by a disastrous fumble when it appeared the Packers had a potential game-tying touchdown drive brewing.

Despite being all but knocked out of the game in the first half by the potent Colts offense, the Packers found themselves trailing just 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter. The Packers took the ball at their 21-yard line with 8:19 remaining in the game and proceeded to move the ball 22 yards on an 11-yard completion to Ahman Green, a 3-yard pass to Donald Driver and an 8-yard pass to Driver.

On first down from the 43, Brett Favre hit Walker for a 6-yard gain. Before he could put the ball away, however, Walker was stood up and had the ball yanked free by rookie defensive back Jason David. The ball was grabbed by Nick Harper, whose 17-yard run set up the clinching touchdown.

"It shouldn't have happened. I should have secured the ball better," Walker said. "It's something I'm going to work on."

"He had a great day and I know how he felt after that last play," Favre said. "I know he will really feel bad about that play. That's the kind of guy he is. He really cares and that's what counts."

Before the fateful fumble, Walker proved merely unstoppable. His 198 yards were the most by the Packers since Don Beebe erupted for 220 yards against San Francisco in 1996. His three touchdowns were the most by a Packers receiver since Antonio Freeman in 1998. The 11 catches is tied for fifth-most in team history.

Walker was generally wide open on all three touchdowns. The first was a 36-yard touchdown in the first quarter in which David missed the jam and Walker broke clean along the right sideline. He ran the final 10 yards into the end zone, eluding the safety near the goal line.

Like the first score, Walker answered a Colts touchdown with one of his own. On the first play from scrimmage after falling behind 14-7, Favre threw a laser to Walker up the left sideline, and Walker cruised the final 35-plus yards for a 79-yard touchdown. On the play, it appeared Harper slowed down, perhaps thinking the rifle-armed Favre couldn't throw it that far or the play was over.

The final touchdown was a 12-yard strike, and again Walker found himself wide open with what he called a busted coverage.

"That's what we do. We knew we were going to have to go out and make plays. Brett's comfortable with us doing that," Walker said.

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