Safety takes advantage of opportunity

Safety Bhawoh Jue experienced some ups and downs as he started at free safety Sunday, but easily up the miscues behind him as his big plays boosted the Packers to a 28-14 victory Sunday in Washington, D.C.<p>

Jue, starting in place of the injured Darren Sharper, extinguished a Redskins' spark when he recovered an onside kick to open the second half. His heads-up reaction kept the Packers in control, where they'd been throughout the first half.

Back-up kicker Ola Kimrin squibbed the onside kick and gave his team a chance to get off on the right foot, but Jue got there first, securing the ball on the Washington 44.

The recovery of the onside kick launched the Packers' drive which resulted in a field goal and a 20-7 lead. It was Jue's second big play of the day. Earlier, he recorded an interception on a Mark Brunell pass intended intended for Taylor Jacobs on second and eight. Jue returned the pick 23 yards to the Washington 48 before being stopped by Lavernius Coles.

It was his first interception since his rookie season, when he picked off future training-camp teammate Tim Couch in Green Bay's 30-7 win over Cleveland on Dec. 23, 2001.

Jue's interception had the Packers, already leading 17-0, poised to break the game wide open. But Jue's big play had to stand on its own merit. The Skins returned the favor with an interception on the very next play.

Jue also recorded a team-high six solo tackles.

The safety's big day was nearly ruined when Washington's Clinton Portis went 43 yards into the end zone with 2:35 to go in the game. The score could have put the 'Skins up 21-20, thus wasting a good effort by both the offense and defense. The play was called back as James Thrash was whistled for illegal motion. Cornerback Al Harris came up with the Packers' second pick on the next play.

Jue expressed what the rest of the D was probably thinking:

"I won't even lie to you - my heart sank when I saw him run into the end zone," Jue said. "I have confidence in my offense, but I'm glad they didn't have to go back out there."

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